Sweet Potato-Black Bean Tacos: A Perfect Composite

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Whenever someone asks me my favorite color, I always struggle a little because I really do love green in all its verdant shades, but I like the contrast of green and purple, or orange and blue much more. In a similar way, these tacos to me are entirely about the composite flavor. I could take or leave each ingredient on its own, but the combination of black beans, sweet potato, a splash of citrus, a kick from chili powder, cilantro, and avocado comes together in ...

the tRuth About Kale and Butternut Squash Salad

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For me, kale is a tough cookie. Well, it's a tough green, but you know what I mean. It's a vegetable that took me a long time to warm up to, and one I'm still unsure of today. It's a texture thing for me. I do love my greens, but I don't particularly enjoy the sensation of nomming on green paper. In my book, kale is an ingredient, and not a straight-up food. It can either make a recipe a success or a disaster depending ...

What’s Tasty This Week

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It's been a whirlwind week. My internship ended Wednesday. (Photo: My fellow interns and I were lucky enough to get to tour of the Food Network TV studios before we left. To say I was excited to walk through the studio where Iron Chef is filmed would be a harsh understatement. All that was missing was Alton Brown.)     I joined NYC Food Bloggers for our second meetup--this time at Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village. The cozy, underground bar and restaurant had a warm, neighborhood-y feel ...

A Few of My Favorite (Food) Things

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Today I feel like extolling a few of my favorite (food) things. Get in on what's good in my world: 100 Days of Real Food. I read countless food blogs every day. I was a pretty avid reader before I started my internship, but I generally stuck to my few favorites. But now I'm a food blog pro. I've scoured the depths of these digital journals, following aspiring chefs through the intimate details of their day and familiarizing myself with the lastest trends and news. (Did ...