Escarole with Italian Sausage and Yellow-Eye Beans

Let’s talk CSA.

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We’re currently in our fourth week of the season (so behind on blogging…) and I have to say — this is a heck of a lot harder than I thought. I imagined all sorts of amazing meals that would result from having someone else select local, seasonal ingredients each week. And while we’ve had some real winners come out, I wasn’t necessarily prepared for the overwhelming feeling of, “what the heck do I do with all these unfamiliar ingredients?” Continue reading Escarole with Italian Sausage and Yellow-Eye Beans

Roasted Pepper Pesto with Radicchio, Zucchini, and Corn

A week or two back I was killing time before picking my son up from preschool and stopped by a small Italian restaurant for lunch. This little gem, Pasta Vera in Greenwich, CT, has both a sit down area as well as the option to select salads, sandwiches, and other prepared foods from a display case to-go. I settled on a chicken sandwich (grilled and topped with arugula, roasted peppers, fontina, and pesto mayo), but because I like my carbs with an extra helping of carbs on the side I also got some pasta salad to sample.

The pasta was coated in a creamy roasted red pepper sauce and had fresh veggies mixed in. Aka: heaven.

The sandwich I could hold off on, but when it comes to pasta I have very little restraint. So…

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…five minutes later I found myself sitting in the back of my car sharing forkfuls of pasta with my 1.5 year old until, sadly, it was all gone.

One of us cried. Not comfortable divulging whom. Continue reading Roasted Pepper Pesto with Radicchio, Zucchini, and Corn

Panko-Crusted Salmon with Dill and Lemon

Simplicity. That’s what I’ve been after recently. I dream of nothing more than coming home to a clean, decluttered house, where all the kids’ toys are placed away neatly, the dog has magically learned to behave himself around guests, and — above all else — the skylight in our master bath has stopped leaking.

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But alas, things don’t always go the way we’d hoped. Continue reading Panko-Crusted Salmon with Dill and Lemon

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins

NEWSFLASH: Toddlers like muffins. Shocking, I know. So recently when I was trying to think of a special breakfast treat for the crew, cake in the form of a muffin seemed like an obvious winner.

And since fruit is good any time of day… and cream cheese is acceptable for breakfast… . . . → Read More: Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins

Greek Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken

So I did this thing last week that I’m not at all regretting. It involved ordering a half sheet of prepared lasagna from a local Italian market. And let me just say they do not shy away from cheese. What’s hilarious is that this half tray of lasagna was marketed as ’6 portions’. We’re just over halfway through and have already had three meals each for two adults and two meals for the kiddos. So… yes. We’re up to our elbows in lasagna. Anyway, this recent influx in carbs and dairy has left me wanting something a little lighter and perhaps a bit more green mixed into our diets. Which is perfect because I have been craving Greek salad for weeks. I think it’s the olives and feta that are calling my name. I could eat salty, briny foods all day every day.

Anyway, my love for this salad runs deep. If you don’t normally make dressing yourself, go out on a limb and give this one a try. The homemade Greek dressing is unbelievably delicious, and honestly if you’re looking for some lighter fare, this is your meal.

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Asparagus and Ricotta Tart

Spring means one thing: fresh asparagus. Okay fine, it also means flowers and rainy days and the beginning of grilling season. But mostly, it’s about fresh local asparagus popping up in markets again. So when I came across this recipe for an asparagus and ricotta pizza last week, I could not resist. I mean hello, don’t you sound absolutely delicious?

I’m trying hard to use up leftovers and clean out the freezer every now and again, so this white pizza quickly transformed into a white tart (I always make more than one tart dough at a time, and lo and behold, there was one waiting to be used up in the freezer), and man am I glad it did.

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Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have always wanted to love those recipes for cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. in a mug. The idea is genius. Whip ingredients in a small, microwaveable mug or bowl, wasting no more than three minutes to bring it all together, zap in the microwave for another couple of minutes, and voila! Dessert for one. The sad truth is that they’re just not very good. At least none of the recipes I’ve tried (and I’ve attempted maybe a dozen or so variations). When you want warm, gooey cookies (or brownies, or cake, whatever it is), most of those quick-fix mug desserts are just… not satisfying.

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So today I branched out. Instead of a three minute microwaveable fix, I tried a single serving, fresh, hot out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie recipe. And the results? Pretty damn good. Continue reading Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon, Onion, Apple Pizza with Smoked Gouda and Sage

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Before you say anything, I know what you’re thinking. This pizza totally does not belong in spring. And you’re right. This has ‘fall’ written all over it. But I was digging through an embarrassing amount of uploaded photos from the last few months and BAM. There this was. Fall and winter were so crazy for us that I left the blog sad, lonely, and covered in dust. I meant to post this — it’s so worth it, even if I’m a few months late — if for no other reason than so I remember to make this again and again and again. Continue reading Bacon, Onion, Apple Pizza with Smoked Gouda and Sage

Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Roasted Red Peppers

Happy Monday! I was lying on the couch under a blanket while my 2.5 year old son used one of his Hot Wheels cars to drive up the ‘mommy mountain’ (his code for my knees when they’re raised and covered by a quilt) looking through some old food photos when I realized I’ve never posted about our favorite stuffed chicken. And by ‘favorite’ I mean I can’t even count how many times this has appeared on our plates. You can stuff chicken with just about anything you like, but this combination of spinach, feta, and roasted red peppers is pretty spot on.

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This is the perfect Monday night meal. Or Wednesday night. Or Sunday. Really, any day ending in -y. The point is, I used to be a little weary of making stuffed chicken of any sort, but this recipe is so foolproof that I’d let my toddlers make it, using the chef’s knife and all. Continue reading Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Roasted Red Peppers

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach and Rosemary

I understand why people go carb-free to quickly drop weight. I’ve tried it before — it works. What I don’t understand is giving up carbs entirely if you don’t have a gluten allergy. I mean, life without pasta? Basically not worth living. (If you are actively gluten-intolerant, I apologize and hope you can find comfort in gluten-free substitutes!)

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