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Caponata, a.k.a. Incredible Sicilian Eggplant Stew

December 12th, 2008 · Comments Off

I checked Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italy cookbook out of the library and discovered this fantastic recipe. The kids liked cutting the vegetables into big chunks (which is exactly what this recipe needs), and we all liked eating it. We’ll be making more soon – even if you don’t like eggplant, you’ll like this. They did! […]

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Tags: Dinner

Dutch Baby

November 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This dish turned out to be fun to make and one the kids like now for a weekend treat.The recipe is from The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen. Yes, it really is the best pan in the kitchen. . Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 4 extra-large eggs 1/2 cup […]

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Tags: Breakfasts

Black-Eyed Peas and Rice with Butternut Squash

November 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This is one of the kids’ favorite meals. It’s modified (no chilies) from the essential World Vegetarian Cookbook. It’s possible to toss other seasonings in as it simmers, but really, the simple flavors of the vegetables work together in this dish without any extra help. Ingredients 1 cup black-eyed peas (dry or fresh – we […]

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Pesto (Without Pine Nuts)

October 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Fresh basil! A recent gift from the farm had us pull out the food processor and try something we’ve never done before — pesto. I pulled out this book, Grilling: Exciting International Flavors from the World’s Premier Culinary College, for a recipe we could modify based on what we had in the kitchen. Ingredients 2 […]

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Fern Fiddlehead Salad

October 26th, 2008 · Comments Off

Our family likes foraging for food. Sometimes, we don’t even hike anywhere to do it. Just out the back door, we have a healthy stand of macho ferns, which scientists call Nephrolepis biserrata and New Guineans call dinner. (When eating plants you don’t find at the market or the farm, it’s a good idea to […]

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Three-Bean Salad

October 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’d been staring at the pantry, wondering what we could throw together with three cans of beans and whatever else we could scrounge, when I opened my email and found a version of this quick, delicious recipe in the Laptop Lunches newsletter (where it was part of a great interview with Mom-a-licious Chef Domenica Catelli, […]

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Tags: Lunches

The dollar menu that’s good for you

October 1st, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s a fun slideshow from NBC11.com showing what a single dollar can get you that isn’t laden with preservatives and trans-fats goop. File it under “inspiration for a healthy table.”

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Study: Keep Kids in the Kitchen.

September 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

You can worry about boiling water and sharp knives all you like, but Columbia University says it’s good for them. From that article: The researchers found that children who had cooked their own foods were more likely to eat those foods in the cafeteria, and even ask for seconds, than children who had not had […]

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Pasta with Spinach and Feta Cheese

September 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments

This is the recipe that is used on the days our littlest one asserts his free will and declines to eat anything healthy. But we know his weakness. He can’t resist cheese…any kind of cheese… and the creamy melted goodness of feta sucks him in every time. He never even notices he’s eating spinach with […]

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Mango Chutney

August 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Summer in South Florida means mangoes, and in our family, mangoes mean homemade chutney.     This recipe comes from Nai-Nai, who uses a newspaper clipping from the 1960s as a rough guide – there’s plenty of dabs of this and pinches of that involved in the process.   Chutney is usually served as a […]

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Tags: Condiments