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beet parfait

parfait-in-front-of-lanternsIn French, the word “parfait” means perfect, and in both my adult life and childhood memories the name for this dish doesn’t seem too far off.

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stirring-beets-with-yogurt

Today was Mother’s Day in America, and it’s been a few years since I haven’t been able to celebrate that with my mother on this earth.  Each year gets easier, but of course, of course, the nostalgia slips in whether or not I want it to.  I didn’t even think I’d do a Mother’s Day post today, until my memories took me back to grocery shopping with my mom.

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quinoa ‘n cheese

I have really good news: I’m leaving for 2 weeks to Tokyo in a few days for a very very late honeymoon.  Years later, guess we’re both super procrastinators, match made in heaven.

So is this.  (Like that segueway?  Yeah you do.)  Quinoa and a creamy béchamel sauce — aka macaroni and cheese without the macaroni — is one of my go-to dishes when I want to make something that’s delicious, lighter than its traditional version, and kinda-surprising but not scary.  I mean, what’s not to love: it’s cheese sauce with quinoa.  Twice cooked.  That’s… that’s just nice.

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quinoa-n-cheese-inside-platedThe nutmeg in this really makes the dish to me: it adds a super comfort food sweetness that is hard to replace with other spices.  Of course real cheese does taste more “accurate” (and for those who love cheese, you get me when I say “better”) but it’s actually really good with a vegan cheese substitute if that’s your style, because the quinoa itself is already so moist this dish is naturally just gooey.  And crispy on top.  Oh my I just got hungry again. Read more

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tropical tangerine jam

When life gives you tangerines, well… I mean that’s not really so bitter as life giving you lemons, but when it’s this many tangerines, you’ve gotta do something with it!  So, you see, I’m now mother of a beautiful, ridiculously fertile tangerine tree in my backyard.  It’s boreth many fruit.

tangerines-in-bowltangerine-jam-platedAnd now I’m literally climbing in the tree every morning with an attempt to eat/do something with its really really sweet gifts and it’s just too much for me + my, like, 5 friends to eat raw.

OK, I have more than 5 friends, but we’re all super busy.  Apparently too busy to eat tangerines off of my tree every day.  So I wanted to find a way to preserve them, and this is a recipe I’ve been wanting to share with you guys for a long time now!  Back-to-my-days-in-France long time! Read more

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a list of my most green recipes

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It seems to me like everyone has a bit of Irish in them.  I don’t mean that metaphorically alone, as it’s astonishing the number of people I’ve come across who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a strong conviction that they are of some sort of Irish descent.  Guess those Irish were busy back in the day?  And I am no exception.

This time of year, and this month in particular, is a happy one for me as (1) it’s my birthday, and this year it was a big one (2) it’s St. Patrick’s Day just 5 days after said birthday and (3) Spring is coming and everyone has a strange optimism in their eyes.  Even if you are getting blasted with an irregular blizzard, East Coast.  Thoughts out to you, but heck, you get snow days.

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I thought it’s about time I compile a list of my most green recipes to help you and yours celebrate the Irish holiday that’s all about the yellow-blue hue.  I’m going to start with the most recent I shared from my birthday, since I haven’t even put it on the web-site yet! (you can thank the party for that, but I swear it’s coming soon).  But, here is the video with the recipe below, followed by its equally green friends.

I hope you enjoy these recipes!  They’re some of my favorite ones I’ve made.  See, March really is a good month.  🙂

MATCHA BIRTHDAY CAKE (vegan & gf)

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macaroni & cheese sweet potato gratin (feat. gk skinnypasta)

This truly is healthy comfort food.  It’s vegan, loaded with vitamins, and full of plant-based protein (thanks to the skinnypasta), and is a combination of MACARONI AND CHEESE AND SWEET POTATOES.  Mama mia!

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I was inspired to think of a recipe that was healthy to keep up those New Year’s Resolutions, and I also wanted to make sure we replenish those vitamins that get squandered when we’ve been, uh, imbibing too much.  I know I’m not alone thinking that this year has been a rather eventful one already, and perhaps to calm those nerves we’ve had a few glasses of wine?  Just me?  Buehler?

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spooning mac onto pots

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