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Recipe: Portabella, Polenta & Peppers

We all do it — we make crazy combination dishes, using what we find in the fridge then throwing in a little of this,  a little of that. Once in a while, though, magic happens, and the dish turns out so surprisingly delicious that we scramble to write it down.

Polenta stir fry 2

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Recipe: “So you think you don’t like kale?” Raw Kale Salad

kale my plant

“Magic Kale Plant” — has survived 4 Northeast winters

It’s scary looking!

It’s bitter!

I don’t know what to do with it!

Yes, I have literally heard all of these reasons, and more,  not to eat kale… and I would like to give  you some info that may change your mind.

First of all, it’s NOT scary looking, it’s a beautiful expression of green bounty! Kale comes in so many varieties — deep dark green, slender leaves, pale green, wide elephant ear leaves, pebbled surfaces, smooth as a peach, frilly lace edging, modest plant, mammoth plant… To me, the beauty comes from the richness of the varieties. There is no such thing as a shy kale plant — they are all bold, beautiful, and HEY, LOOK AT ME! Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Basil-Sunflower Seed Pesto

As a kid, my family spent some time living in Northern Italy. Since everything is so close together in Europe, we were able to travel a lot on weekends and get to see a great deal of the area around us. That area included Genoa, home of the famous Genovese pesto. Even being an American, and being a kid, pesto made a big impression on my palate!

pesto

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Recipe: Not Your Usual Potato Salad

Forget what your usual potato salad tastes like….  this is a whole new approach!

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