PACKED LUNCH MONDAYS: PUY LENTIL SALAD WITH RED CHARD AND SUNDRIED TOMATOES

puy lentil salad-2 The weather has started to turn—we’ve now got decidedly cooler afternoons and breezy evenings. Stores are stocked up on Halloween décor and candy (surprisingly late this year), and I went to the first farmer’s market of the season. I am really, totally, absolutely in Fall mode. While Fall here doesn’t require sweaters or come with changing foliage, I’ve been adjusting my diet to include warming soups and stews (and lots of cake, but shhhhh we’ll talk about that another day). This super-simple one-pot dish is fl ... Read More





        

EGG-Y PASTA CUPS WITH ZUCCHINI, RICOTTA, AND BASIL

eggy pasta cups-4 It’s Monday, and you’re probably at work right now thinking about how much you’d rather be eating lunch at home than at the office. Maybe you’re dreading going to the coffee shop downstairs because you don’t know how many more times you could possibly eat the same old chicken sandwich, or maybe you packed lunch from home but it’s a boring lettuce-tomato-cucumber salad, again. Or maybe you packed a gourmet lunch and you’re only reading this because Monday boredom. Whatever—I’m just going to talk to you abou ... Read More





        

QUINOA “TABBOULEH”

quinoa tabbouleh One of the things I love the most about Middle Eastern food is that there’s an amazing array of salads and dips and things to nibble on. Meat is usually at the center of a typical meal, but mezze is what I enjoy most. They create a wonderful communal experience, with everyone dipping their bread into colorful little bowls of spiced dips and jeweled salads. I feel I should start telling you about this recipe by saying that this is in no way an authentic tabbouleh recipe. It’s a recipe that is heavily inspired by Middl ... Read More





        

RISOTTO CON LE FAVE

risotto with fava beans-2 Since we came back from New Zealand a week ago, I’ve been seeking out comfort foods for most of my meals.  The weather has been surprisingly dreary the past week—with the exception of today which is sunny and glorious—making me want to curl up inside and nourish myself with big bowls of warm, hearty fare. This risotto is exactly the kind of thing that I’ve been craving; creamy and luscious without being too heavy. It’s peasant food—rice and beans—dressed up a little bit for a nice dinner in.  I wo ... Read More





        

SPAGHETTI WITH OIL, GARLIC, AND CHILI

spaghetti aglio olio peperoncino I know I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, but things have been busier than usual; the pace of life has shifted ever so slightly—things are happening faster, and things are just happening in general. I’ve taken time to absorb them all and just the enjoy the process. We’ve had news of new work and interesting projects, an ongoing search for a home, a birthday (with lots of cake), and the arrival of our beautiful baby nephew, Oliver. When life is pretty perfect—and when it demands that you be present—I don ... Read More





        
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