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Italian Sausage, Beans and Vegetable Soup

Readers who are regulars on my site might have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent lately. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking, it’s just that I haven’t been well (down with bad asthma and borderline pneumonia) and so I just haven’t had the energy or will to take pictures, edit them, write the recipes down and then...
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Edamame and Chickpea Salad with Olives and Citrus Vinaigrette

Yesterday, while browsing through the Olive Bar at Whole Foods, I found the most unusual combination of flavors. It was pickled Green Olives that were combined with raisins, dried cranberries, peeled almonds and the dressing was an orange peel vinaigrette. At first I found it a bit odd because olives have such a distinctly tart taste and combining it...
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Chicken Pot Pie with a Puff Pastry Crust

One of my kids’ favorite meals is a classic pot pie. I am not too fond of pie crust (a bit too heavy for me), so I make my pot pies with store-bought puff pastry. The puff pastry is crispy and adds a lot of texture to the dish. I like to load the filling with a lot of...
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Garlic Scape Marinated Flank Steak

Unless you grew your own garlic, it used to be hard to find garlic scape in the US. But in recent years I have seen garlic scape being sold in ethnic grocery stores or at farmer’s markets. The season for these delicate tendrils (which are technically the flower of the garlic plant) is quite short because these appear on...
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Herbed Goat-Cheese Dip

I just harvested some peas, apple mint and some Thai basil from my backyard. The peas are so sweet, crunchy and fresh that I didn’t have a heart to cook them. It would have been a waste to cook them and lose some of the crunch in the process. So I decided to make a creamy goat-cheese dip to...
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