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Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup

Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I had a different recipe planned for today, but it was going to involve some work this weekend … and an evil little stomach bug had different plans for me. But you don’t want to know anything more about that.

I was actually going to save this Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup for March. Even though it’s not really all that green, with its green lentils and green curry, I thought it would still be perfect for the holiday that’s all about green – St. Patrick’s Day. But I’ve been eager to share it with you for awhile now, so this ended up being a great excuse.

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Vegetarian Pho from Scratch (with Optional Beef for the Meat-Eaters)

Vegetarian Pho from Scratch (with Optional Beef for the Meat-Eaters)

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

If you owned a Vietnamese pho restaurant, what would you name it? Around here, we have “What the Pho?”, “Pho Shizzle,” and then there’s just straight-up “Pho King.” I guess if I opened a pho (pronounced “fuh”) place, I’d have a hard time resisting getting punny, too. Maybe I’d call mine “Pho the Love of All That is Good and Holy.”

Orrrr … yeah. Maybe I’ll just make vegetarian pho from scratch at home now and then, and that’ll be plenty good enough.

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5-Ingredient Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

5-Ingredient Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We celebrated my daughter’s second (!!!) (?!!) birthday party recently, and I have a confession to make. I bought the cake at Costco.

I also bought the cookies, the hummus, and the crackers from Costco. And a huge bag of baby carrots. So easy.

See, I’m discovering a weird side effect of being a food blogger. The busier I get at this blogging job of mine – the job that is the result of my passion for making home-cooked meals, photographing them, and sharing the recipes – the less homemade actual food I have time to make for my family. Or, yeah, for birthday parties.

That’s one of the reasons I’m vowing to keep it simpler in the new year – both here and in life.

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Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry with Optional Chicken

Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Did you know that folks in Thailand generally don’t use chopsticks? Yeah, I didn’t either – not until after I took these photos. D’oh.

But you know what? I think that’s okay. This recipe for Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry (with optional chicken for the meat-eaters!) isn’t super-duper authentic Thai, either, and I like both the photos and the recipe just fine. Okay, truthfully, I was pretty happy with the photos … and I love the recipe. So hopefully nobody else takes offense.

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Two-Minute Hot Chocolate By the Mug

Two-Minute Hot Chocolate By the Mug

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 in Beverages

I hear it’s a bit cold outside for quite a few of you right now. The “Polar Vortex,” they’re calling it? Even just reading those frigid words makes me shiver. Brrrrrrr.

So even though it’s the time of year for detoxes and smoothies*, I thought I’d quickly share my super-simple formula for single-serving Hot Chocolate By the Mug. No packets or powder, here … just milk, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and a tiny magic-making pinch of salt. A little heating, a little stirring, and a lot of comfort-in-a-mug.

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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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Hazelnut-Pistachio Granola with Dried Cherries and Candied Ginger

Hazelnut-Pistachio Granola with Dried Cherries and Candied Ginger

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

How’s it going with your gift-buying this year? Aside from the play kitchen Santa is attempting to make for our little one (think old free entertainment center plus Pinterest-fueled aspirations), I’ve had my gift-buying wrapped up for weeks now.

I don’t really feel like I have it together, though. I mean, for one, there are still a gazillion things to do. Christmas came fast this year. And all that punctual Christmas gift buying really means is that I end up buying more stuff.

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Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine

Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Beverages, Popular

This recipe, my friends, comes with a warning.

CONSUME WITH CAUTION.

There is something oh-so very drinkable – and almost weirdly addicting – about this Crock Pot mulled wine. I don’t know if it’s the tart/sweet combo, the cinnamon, the cloves, the wine, the brandy, its ability to warm you from the inside out, the magic of the season, all of it together, or what, but it is very easy to drink.

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Tuscan Orange Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary-Orange Glaze

Tuscan Orange Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary-Orange Glaze

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This orange ricotta muffin recipe is all about the understated and the simple. Which is sort of timely, because I’ve been making a concerted effort to keep this Christmas season simple and stress-free. No last-minute scrambling for gifts – thanks to name-drawing on both sides of the family along with this brilliant concept, our shopping is already done. No five days solid of baking cookies that no one will eat. And NO frickin’ Elf on the Shelf!

Simple. Subtle.

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White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Occasionally when I’m testing and retesting and reretesting and rereretesting (you get the drift) a recipe, well, even if it’s great, we’ll get really sick of it. I mean, night after night of the same thing? Not necessarily fun. This is not one of those recipes.

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Spiced Banana Streusel Muffins

Spiced Banana Streusel Muffins

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We watched an episode of 30 Rock last night, one where Liz Lemon sports a “slanket” (you know, a Snuggie? A blanket with sleeves? Of course you know).

And that reminded me of the time when, a few years back, I walked by a coworker’s office and saw that she had a large swath of sapphire fabric draped across her front and, I, thinking she was wearing a Snuggie – ironically, of course, she’s a sassy gal – stopped cold and was all, “Heeey. It’s a Snuggie! Nice!”

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Orange Spice Iced Coffee

Orange Spice Iced Coffee

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Beverages

I really, really wanted to save this recipe for fall. But dangit, I am excited about it now! So excited, I want to all-cap this from the rooftops and use copious amounts of exclamation points.

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Creamy Sweet Potato Rosemary Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Rosemary Soup

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I don’t want to whine about the weather, I really don’t. I mean, I don’t necessarily have to live in Washington State. It’s a free country. And these dreary, gray winters are the price we pay for stellar spring days, glorious summers, and amazing autumns.

But if I were to whine, I would mention that winters here stink, and I am in desperate need of a little sun, a lot of light, and the feel of warm sun on my skin. Ugh. Desperate need.

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Blood Orange Screwdrivers

Blood Orange Screwdrivers

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Beverages

Blood oranges are in season, and despite their gruesome name, blood oranges are such a wonderful fruit. Their unassuming exterior – they pretty much just look like any other orange – hides gorgeous garnet sections that, when squeezed, make for a stunning juice that’s almost neon pink in color.

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