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Enchiladas Verdes

June 8, 2016

I will never forget the first time I had green enchiladas… in a restaurant in Madrid when I was just out of college. They were a revelation from the red sauce enchiladas I’d only tried up until that time. Eventually I learned that their green color came from salsa verde made from tomatillos. They are from the nightshade family, as are tomatoes, but they are not the same thing as green tomatoes.  Tomatillos come from a different plant, are slightly…

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Dinners Recipes Vegetarian

Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Caramelized Onions

June 1, 2016

Homemade veggie burgers are so much better than the frozen kind, and I think everyone should try making them. A few of my favorites are Mark Bittman’s super easy recipe with black beans and oats, and the veggie burgers from the restaurant Hillstone (formerly Houston’s), which feature beets and are slightly sweet. (A copycat recipe is out there on the Internet – it works but it’s very time consuming). If you’re going to make them regularly, however, they should be…

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Best Vegetarian Lasagna Ever

November 11, 2015

A few years ago, a family friend had us over for dinner and made this lasagna, which she had found featured in a magazine as a Thanksgiving dish for non meat eaters. While I’ve made a number of lasagna recipes over the year, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, this is probably my favorite – it doesn’t have some of the typical ingredients I always associate with vegetarian lasagna (like ricotta or green peppers), and it features one of my favorite vegetables,…

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Dinners Recipes Vegetarian

Creamy Spinach Fettucine

September 11, 2015

Even though we’re still having 90+ days in Florida, the basil in my back yard seems to have received the message that summer is over, and it’s not looking as vigorous and happy as it once did. Maybe you’re feeling that way post-Labor Day too, after a wonderful trip to the beach with friends where you caught fresh pompano and learned to spot schools of fish moving in dark clouds among the waves. If you’re tired of pesto, this sauce…

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Baked Spaghetti

August 31, 2015

This recipe for spaghetti pie kept popping up in my Facebook news feed last week. It reminded me of another spaghetti pie recipe that I used to love as a kid. My mother hated it because it involved a can of tomato soup, and she was never the kind of cook who made casseroles that involved cans of anything. I respect that a great deal now, as well as the fact that she was way ahead of the curve in…

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