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 ...

Walking Home to Chicken-Chickpea Curry

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Last night I donned my black fleece jacket and a scarf I "borrowed" from my mom and headed out for an evening walk around my neighborhood. My attire proved passable as my blood began to flow more rapidly through my veins, though it was the first walk I've taken this year that caused me to consider my layers. I remembered I had cheeks as I strolled down Portland Avenue, observing activity in the lit homes as I passed. Miley Cyrus belted her anthems through my ...

Obsessed with Buffalo Chicken Soup

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I often find myself going through mini-obsessions in many realms of my life. With music, for example, I tend to find a new band I like and listen to that band on repeat until it's worn out--sometimes months--before considering moving on to something new. I keep a little more variety in my dining habits, but still there are usually one or two things I simply can't get enough of. In this moment, I'm obsessed with anything green tea or matcha flavored, cinnamon, and hot sauce. I've ...

An Inspired African Peanut Soup

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People often ask me where I get the recipes I cook for my blog. One of my absolute favorite ways to find recipes is simply  reading other food blogs and food news websites. While interning at  Food Network, I built a list of sites to check longer than these increasingly sunlit days. It was almost a full-time job (if only I got paid). Now that my daily life doesn't demand I sit around and read blogs, I've trimmed my list of keepers significantly. Here are a ...

Commuting Home to Sweet Potato Chili

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My commute to and from work every day is just under an hour from door to door, each way. That means, I've spent a LOT of time on the trains since moving to NYC. Luckily, I'm not one to mind a commute, especially when someone else is driving. And plus, interesting things happen on trains, so what's not to love? So, how does one spend their commute time on the NYC Metro? 1.) Study shoes. I've learned so much about shoes from my commutes, mostly because if ...

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 ...