Caribbean Stew and a Thought or Two

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When I came across this recipe while thumbing through my copy of Moosewood Favorites, I realized two things: 1.) I love and have always loved how eclectic Moosewood's recipes are. It never seems to matter how inauthentic or random they are--the flavor combinations are always on par. Cooking from Moosewood is like a free pass to Ma's place; every creation tastes perfectly rugged and love-filled. 2.) I am completely enamored with the Caribbean. I have dreamt of traveling there ever since I first heard the Beach Boys' ...

Icebox Corn and Pea Soup

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If there's an overarching rule that dictates what I cook in my humble Midwestern kitchen, it's a deeply instilled desire to waste less that ultimately sways my decisions. It's a trait I was born with, I'm pretty sure. I have one memory in which I must have been about six years old where I got rather upset that someone in the house was about to open a new box of cereal when there was one already open. (Or, it could have been that I really ...

Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

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If someone asked me if I've ever dieted, I would answer: I drank only juice for 36 hours, then got bored and chewed again, does that count? I ate nothing for a day, does that count? I consumed five bowls of shredded wheat and nothing else one day, does that count? I love food too much to "diet." But every once in a while I like to adopt a new eating lifestyle to cleanse my system, challenge my cooking skills, or just see how my body reacts. I often ...

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 ...

Make Spicy Tuna Burgers, Right Now

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Raise your hand if you have canned tuna in your kitchen cabinet at this very moment. My guess is, at least 50% of you have this staple on hand as I write. Because if you grew up anything like me, you quickly learned that canned tuna was a fast, cheap, and healthy solution to hunger pains at any time of day. Tuna salad, tuna wraps, the occasional forkfuls of tuna straight from the can--the in-a-pinch possibilities are endless. This is one of my recent favorites. It's as easy ...

Staying in with Coconut Curried Spaghetti Squash

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During Hurricane Sandy, I was confined to the comfort of my baby apartment for four days. Or, more accurately, I chose to venture no further than the safety of my own neighborhood while gale force winds and torrential rains ruled the streets. My work was closed and the trains were not running, so staying in was a good option. While I typically enjoy being active and out and about, this mini staycation was a rare occurrence of pure bliss, mostly because I had absolutely no reason to feel ...

Easy Brie-sy Sandwich

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Brie sandwiches are an easy, cheap, and tasty way to switch up your lunchtime routine without any extra hassle. Brie pairs well with so many foods -- it's an ideal mix-and-match sandwich staple. If you like a sweeter sandwich, you might try brie with a touch of raw honey and cranberry relish (think holiday bliss; pre-Thanksgiving euphoria). Brie, tomato, and turkey is a classic (move over, PB and J). Or, try my in-season favorite: brie with thinly sliced apples, arugula, and Dijon mustard (humble disguised ...