Archive | 2012

Maple Apple Pork Chops

The garden is plucked of its lush summer abundance, but oh it is not barren – I watch as yet another parade of golden leaves floats through the crisp autumn air, adding to the persimmon cornucopia dripping from my planter boxes. The fall chill makes my mouth water for warm, savory flavors like crisp apples, […]

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Dad’s Eggplant Parmigiana

In honor of my dad’s 60th birthday today, October 2nd, I decided to make one of his favorite dishes: Eggplant Parmesan. In fact, he was the first person who ever made me this melt-in-your mouth epitome of comfort food. So, here’s to you Poo Bear! Yesterday, in preparation for this meal, I donned my sweater, […]

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Baked Lemon Chicken

Chicken piccata is one of my favorite Italian dishes, but all too often the breading is either too oily or too crumbly and the salty capers overwhelm the refreshing lemon flavor. This spin on the classic is lower in fat as the chicken is trimmed, pounded, then lightly-breaded, and leaves out the capers to reduce […]

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Shredded Chicken

While the cook time may seem daunting, the process of shredding chicken is quite easy. Whole chickens are easy to find at local supermarkets (be sure to look for local or sustainably raised chicken) and give you the best bang for your buck – freeze leftovers or use them throughout the week in salads, sandwiches, […]

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Chicken Burritos with Calabacitas

If you love spice like I do, sometimes a good sloppy burrito is all that will satisfy that fiery craving. This recipe can easily be adapted for meat lovers (just use shredded beef or pork) or non-meat eaters – use extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes then baked so it doesn’t turn to mush, or just […]

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How to: Core and seed bell peppers

These vibrant orbs are a staple in my kitchen as they add a little zest and spice to almost any dish. Looking at a bell pepper, however, provides no indication of flavor, use, or even how to get to the inside. But fear not my novice chefs, while your technique may need a little time […]

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Caprese Salad

This simple salad, which originally hails from the Italian region of Campana, is a staple for summer, especially if you have a garden. Fresh-plucked tomatoes cannot compare to store-bought, and the same goes for basil. The sweet juice from ruby-red tomatoes is complemented by generous chunks of mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, olive oil and a […]

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How to: Dice an onion

Dicing onions can be time-consuming if you worry about perfectly slicing this wobbly orb. Once the onions hit the pan, it doesn’t matter if you sliced them in a perfect square, as they will shrink, stick, and meld with everything else you thrown in. Plus, spending too much time slicing and chopping onions brings menacing […]

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Maple-Mustard Pork Tenderloin

This is a standby recipe in my kitchen and is great whether you’re cooking for one, two, or ten. Pork tenderloin is about the leanest meat you can find, making it a great healthy option for meat lovers. Don’t worry, healthy is not bland; this dish is bursting with flavor and, not to mention, easy […]

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Broccoli Bacon Salad

Summer weather is prime grilling time and with backyard BBQs or pool parties top of mind for many, a host must have a handful of standby side dishes to whip up for guests. This healthier broccoli bacon salad is sure to please both veggie and meat lovers alike. Slightly steamed broccoli is combined with smokey […]

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