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Easy Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas with Optional Bacon

Easy Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways, Popular

I don’t eat fish, I can’t bring myself to like black-eyed peas (as hard as I try), and I keep forgetting to pick up grapes at the store.

There are tons of foods that are thought to bring those that feast upon them good luck and great fortune in the coming year, but this year, I thought maybe I’d try making a little bit of my own luck.

I mean, these Easy Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas feature a round shape to represent coins, the color green for money and luck, and deliciousness for, well, um … deliciousness.

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Mushroom Swiss Breakfast Strata with Optional Bacon

Mushroom Swiss Breakfast Strata with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

For us, breakfast strata is an absolute must on Christmas morning. I grew up with it, and the holiday just wouldn’t feel complete without it.

Plus, when you make it the night before, the only work you have to do in the morning is pull the breakfast strata out of the fridge, uncover it, and stick it in the oven. Less time in the kitchen, more time playing with the toys Santa brought you. If you’ve been good, that is.

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Broccoli Raisin Salad Your Way (with Optional Bacon & Sunflower Seeds)

Broccoli Raisin Salad Your Way (with Optional Bacon & Sunflower Seeds)

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I try not to be a high-maintenance vegetarian. You know, the kind of vegetarian who demands loudly that things be made their way, all the time, no matter who else is eating?

Not that I’ve ever met that kind of vegetarian. In fact, such a vegetarian might not even exist. But in my fertile and dramatic little mind, they do. And I don’t ever want to be one.

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Roasted Red Pepper, Baby Arugula, & Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Optional Bacon

Roasted Red Pepper, Baby Arugula, & Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I’m not sure how, but I somehow ended up with a significant other that hates tomatoes. Tomatoes! The glorious fruitvegetable! But he loathes them. Well, at least, he loathes fresh tomatoes. Especially slices, and especially on hamburgers and sandwiches.

So BLTs aren’t really something we do around here. For one, I don’t eat the bacon, so mine is just an LT – lettuce and tomato. And his wouldn’t have tomato, so his is just a BL. So if I didn’t break out a tomato for just my sandwich, we’re looking at a … lettuce sandwich? An L? Yeah, probably not … unless that’s some fabulous thing I’m totally missing out on, and if so, please share now!

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English Pea Potato Salad with Optional Bacon

English Pea Potato Salad with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I’m all excited about this recipe. Which seems silly, because it’s totally something Aunt Edna would have lugged to the barbecue in her giant green Tupperware bowl, setting it next to the quivering Jell-O fruit salad. Or maybe that’s why I’m so excited about it. It feels so perfectly retro.

I’m also excited about it because I love it. And peas have not always been my thing, so. Yay! Yay for peas!

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Grab & Go Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Grab & Go Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I know I tend to talk a lot about babies and sleep, but seriously, man! Babies and sleep! I swear, every other day our darling daughter pulls another trick out of her hat that’s single-handedly designed to give us an entirely new level of appreciation for the book “Go the F— to Sleep.” That book, by the way, was of our more hilarious shower gifts. It was given to us by some sweetly smiling, knowing parents who surely knew exactly what we were in for and who quietly chuckled at our glowing pre-baby naivete.

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Cheddar Corn Chowder with Optional Bacon

Cheddar Corn Chowder with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I first made this amazing corn chowder last summer, and it was an instant hit in our house. I started with Ina Garten’s popular Cheddar Corn Chowder, creating a vegetarian version that, I think, more than rivals her recipe. Hers starts with lots of bacon and uses chicken broth. Mine subs vegetable stock, and I provide big crispy pieces of peppered bacon at the end to make the meat-eaters happy. They just sprinkle it over the top of their individual bowls of otherwise vegetarian corn chowder.

Us vegetarians hardly get the short end of the stick, though, especially when this hearty soup is made at the peak of corn season. Sweet, juicy corn, cut right off the cob. Tangy, melty cheddar cheese. Buttery Yukon Gold potatoes. Yeah, I’m saying it: yum.

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The Best Macaroni & Cheese Ever

The Best Macaroni & Cheese Ever

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in Popular, Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This recipe for classic baked macaroni and cheese is far and away the  most popular on my previous blog, The Hazel Bloom. It’s super creamy – not dry like some homemade mac and cheese can get. It’s cheesy. Oh yes. Very cheesy. It’s rich, ooey, gooey, and, yeah – in my humble opinion – the best macaroni and cheese recipe ever.

I say it’s the best macaroni and cheese recipe ever not because I have tried every single macaroni and cheese recipe in the world (though I have tried many) (and wouldn’t it be an incredibly noble cause to try every single one?!). It’s because whenever I take a glorious melty bite, I simply cannot imagine a better classic mac and cheese.

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Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Pure comfort. That’s what this soup is all about. Creamy, tasty, and just plain homey, it’s the perfect meal for a chilly winter evening or one of those blustery spring days when mother nature just isn’t quite ready to give in to warmer weather.

I love, too, that it’s a very budget-friendly meal, and it comes together quickly – ideal for those busy weeknights.

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