Chicken Dinners Recipes

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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School lunch plans… keeping it real

June 6, 2016

Have you ever seen those images of “school lunch at beginning of year” versus “school lunch at the end of year”? In honor of the last week of school, I’m posting one of my beginning-of-the-year-ones here. Check out the homemade taco cups with turkey breast picadillo, fruit, cucumbers drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette, and a cheese stick! The end of the year lunch… well, there’s a reason why I’m not taking any pictures. The lunch in the picture was inspired…

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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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Chicken Recipes

Roast Chicken Provençal

May 24, 2016

If you like cooking or reading about food, you should sign up for the cooking newsletter from the New York Times. Every few days, they send suggestions for recipes to cook from their archives, or a list of the most-cooked recipes that week in the Times, or what to plan for a week’s worth of dinners. I get a lot of good ideas from the newsletter, and one recent standout for me has been the recipe for Roasted Chicken Provençal.…

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Tacos off the beaten track

May 18, 2016

There are a number of hipster taquerias in Orlando. By “hipster taqueria,” I’m thinking of places that often offer fusion tacos combining cuisines (try wasabi carnitas tacos, for example), and that are operated by earnest American guys with long beards who have supplemented their culinary school experience with travels to Oaxaca to learn authentic recipes from real Mexicans. I was reading an article recently about the best tacos in Orlando… which included a number of the hipster taco places on…

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Desserts Recipes

French Yogurt Pound Cake

May 12, 2016

One of the highlights of being pregnant was getting to eat a lot. Normally I wouldn’t have a dessert every day, but… well, let’s just say it wasn’t difficult to gain forty pounds. One of the desserts that I found myself making frequently was this yogurt pound cake, adapted very slightly from this recipe from Dorie Greenspan in the Washington Post. It can be whipped up in no time flat, and is very similar to this easy Moroccan pound cake…

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Recipes Salads

New ways with kale

May 6, 2016

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted… In the interim, I had a baby, but it was a high risk pregnancy and I was too tired to keep up with food blogging. That didn’t mean I wasn’t cooking, although the energy required to take a picture of the food and write about it was more than I could manage. I gained about forty pounds, twenty of which dropped off right away, but the other twenty have just been sitting…

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Dinners Recipes

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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Recipes Soups

Vegetarian Cuban Black Bean Soup (Slow Cooker)

October 30, 2015

I realize that “vegetarian” and “Cuban black bean soup” might be terms that don’t historically accompany one another, but I wanted to try to make a vegetarian black bean soup that could still be as flavorful as those that have been cooked all day with a ham hock, and which boasted flavors often found in Cuban black bean soup, such as cumin. In keeping with the spirit of minimalism, this is also a truly easy recipe, the kind of thing…

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Desserts Recipes

Brigadeiros (Brazilian milk sweets)

October 21, 2015

Last year, my Brazilian friend Nathalia gave me an amazing candy. It was a bit like fudge, but creamier, more buttery, and less chocolate-y, coated with little chocolate sprinkles. They were breathtaking, and different. More recently, brigadeiros somehow re-entered my consciousness through the Internet, through articles referring to them and one of my favorite food bloggers reposting an older recipe on Facebook. But her recipe didn’t look exactly like the taste I’d remembered: it didn’t have chocolate in it, and…

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