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Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese

Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Welcome to pure unadulterated cheesiness. Pure unadulterated deliciousness. Pure unadulterated awesomeness. I’m realizing I actually have no idea what “adulterated” means. I hope it doesn’t mean gross, because now I’m committed.

Here, my friends, I offer you an Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese. Pure unadulterated, um, lunch.

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Radish & Goat Cheese Pizza with Spicy Mixed Greens & Optional Chicken

Radish & Goat Cheese Pizza with Spicy Mixed Greens & Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

Last Friday marked the first CSA pick-up of the season – and, well actually, our first CSA pick-up ever. We’ve had boxes of produce delivered to our door in the past, but this is the first true CSA (community-supported agriculture) share we’ve purchased.

A few months back, I was waiting for a coffee at Starbucks and found myself toying with the idea of finding a CSA to take part in. I turned around, and there was a Lucky Dove Farm flyer tacked to the wall.

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Cinnamon Rhubarb Applesauce

Cinnamon Rhubarb Applesauce

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I am such a freakin’ dork sometimes. I seriously thought rhubarb applesauce was a groundbreaking idea I came up with all on my own.

It started with a couple of ragged red delicious apples sitting on the kitchen counter alongside a pile of rhubarb my mom sent home with me. I thought to myself, gee, huh, applesauce made with rhubarb would be all pink and pretty! Rhubarb! In applesauce! I’m brilliant. So I threw the apple, some hunks of rhubarb, a sprinkle of sugar, a cinnamon stick and some water in a saucepan and let it simmer awhile.

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Spring Veggie Salad with Creamy Avocado Ranch

Spring Veggie Salad with Creamy Avocado Ranch

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

It’s unseasonably warm in Seattle right now, and everyone is giddy in the way that only rain-soaked, desperate-for-sun Seattleites get giddy when the first few really nice days of the year finally roll around. The rain will return until summer really starts in July, but for now, everyone’s got their classic convertibles and motorcycles on the road, they’re sunning themselves in the grass at parks, they’re swimming in the frigid Puget Sound (!), and they’re happily chatting one other up in grocery stores with a fervor not seen in a long, long time.

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Creamy Lemon Pasta with Peas and Optional Ham

Creamy Lemon Pasta with Peas and Optional Ham

Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

This pasta dish has been on my mind for some time. And, yeah, it’s been in my stomach more than a few times, too. First, I had to get the recipe just right. Then, I had a heckuva time getting decent photos of the stuff, so I had to keep making it. Over and over and over.

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Lemony Marinated Asparagus

Lemony Marinated Asparagus

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Thank freakin’ goodness. It’s spring! I’m feeling it. Easter is less than a week away, crocuses are already just about done blooming, daffs are due to show their sunny faces any day now, and perfectly green, fresh asparagus is in the market.

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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Beverages

Chocolate and strawberries. Strawberries and chocolate. A natural pair. MFEO. Peas in a pod. And perfect for today.

I think you’re looking at the perfect breakfast to whip up for your Valentine this morning. Or any morning, really. It’s chocolatey – oh, so chocolatey – but it also boasts a nice, big dose of healthy, juicy strawberries along with vanilla yogurt, a little orange juice, and a dash of vanilla.

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White Bean & Kale Pesto Dip

White Bean & Kale Pesto Dip

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

So, kale. Totally a nutritional powerhouse and everyone sings its praises to the moon and back, but you know what? It’s kind of a weird green. I mean, I think I dig it. I sure try to dig it. I’ve been working it into more and more dishes, like a kale & fontina mac & cheese recipe I’ve been trying to develop for, oh, months now, but can’t get quite right enough to share.

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Though spring is in full swing, we’ve still had plenty of rainy, blustery, and just plain gray days around here. Which, I suppose, shouldn’t surprise me – I live in Seattle after all – but right around this time of year, I am ready for the hot, sunny days of summer already. Mother Nature teases me with a couple of giddy, gorgeous days, then another batch of dreariness blows in. So I sigh, then I huddle in, light the fire, wrap up in a blanket, and make a cozy, comforting soup for dinner.

Cream of Asparagus Soup is the best of both worlds. It celebrates the season while also recognizing that spring still needs bowls full of piping hot soup now and then.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

When it comes to rhubarb, I’m usually a purist. No need to mix it with any other fruits – just a little sugar and we’re good to go. Why futz with that deliciously unique tart-sweet flavor? We don’t need strawberries or raspberries or any kind of berries to sweeten the pot, or the pie. Bring on the rhubarb and only the rhubarb and I’m one happy camper.

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Rhubarb Crisp with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Rhubarb Crisp with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in Dessert, Food, Fruit, Vegetarian

My grandmother, or “Gran” as we called her (but never “Granny,” mind you, as that sounded far too old for her tastes), had the most wonderful garden. As a child, it was nice, sure … but unremarkable to me in the way that whatever we grow up with, no matter what it is, is simply the norm. Conversely, as an adult, now I look back and remember her garden in that larger-than-life way that we adults sometimes remember scenes from our childhood.

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