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 ...

Filling Voids with Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins

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One year ago, my life had a massive void in it. It was a void of all things familiar. I was easing out of an internship and into my first job in the Real World. I had very few friends in the City, and my family lived hundreds of miles away. But because I had a desire to fill that void, I was able to quickly discover what it was I wanted to patch those empty spots with forged ahead in bringing those things into ...

Ravenous for Baba Ganush

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A couple days ago, I was hungry. Not like, "Hm, I could definitely eat a few bites right now," but more like the type of hungry one feels growing in the depths of her stomach for several noticeable hours. For me, this is the best type of hungry, because these are the times I'm most inspired to cook. What's more, when I'm this hungry, I know it will be worth the wait to eat a a real meal, rather than grazing on snacks. And thus, the idea ...

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 ...

One Day I’ll Be Nostalgic for Cheddar-Rosemary Scones

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Have you ever eaten something that made you particularly nostalgic? My nearly-spiritual relationship with food means most of my meals stir up some sort of feeling of another meal; an earlier year; a changing season. But this morning when I took a bite of a fresh-out-the-oven Cheddar-Rosemary Scone, I was immediately transported back to a small farmers' market in northern Minnesota. I was 10. My mother's budding handmade soap business was something my whole family got excited about, especially when it meant getting up at 4 ...

Staying In for Buffalo-Style Salmon

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This past week was the nicest week so far this year here in New York City. We're talking mid-60's, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky, gentle breeze kind of nice. It's refreshing to see fully flushed out trees again, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. It's peaceful to wake up to the sparrows chirping softly just outside my open window. And while the fact  that the neighborhood ice cream truck rolls down my street as early 8am, tunes blaring, confuses me slightly, I mostly just have to smile in ...

Neither a Chick Nor a Pea; Definitely a Fabulous Snack

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Scene: A ten-year-old Ruthie stands in the middle of her kitchen in rural Minnesota  holding what may have been the first can of chickpeas she'd ever seen. She begins to recite in the loud, obnoxious voice only a ten-year-old could possess, "It's neither a CHICK, nor a PEA! Neither a CHICK nor a PEA!" repeatedly, not realizing she was quoting a Saturday Night Live skit she'd never seen but somehow overheard, simply fascinated by the fact that this legume really was really neither a chick nor ...