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Smoky Black-eyed Pea and White Bean Salsa with Chimichurri

I’m still alive. Just enjoying the weekend before getting back to (GASP!) a full week of work. I really don’t know how I’ll do it. I’ve become so accustomed to both lazing about, and to starting five kitchen projects at once. Speaking of kitchen projects, I whipped up a yummy chimichurri-like sauce after trimming back []

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Chickpea Dip and Pita Pizzas

I have a friend who claims to be addicted to chickpeas. I think I could give her a run for her money on that claim, as I eat chickpeas at least once per week, if not more. I answered my latest craving by whipping up a batch of hummus-like chickpea dip. I won’t call it []

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The Veggies of My Labor — Grilled Pepper and Onion Slaw

How many times can I post about coleslaw? The answer is, as many times as possible!Recently, when I found myself with leftover grilled peppers and onions from an Italian sausage dinner, I tossed them with cabbage to make a tasty slaw. The sweet and smoky flavors of the grilled veggies added a new dimension to []

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Crawfish Boil Soup

There’s nothing like a good, Louisiana crawfish boil with friends and family. Sometimes, though, you just can’t make it home because you’ve used up all of your vacation days frolicking in the sun with your special someone. Yet, you still want to have some crawfish and the communal, convivial experience that is the crawfish boil.The []

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Lentil and Veggie Salad

It’s still hot here in SoCal, and I’m looking for more ways to put dinner on the table with minimal use of the stove or oven. This lentil and veggie salad was simple, tasty, and a big hit with Hubby. The only cooking required is the simmering of the lentils.Serve as a main dish, or []

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Eat Your Greens Gumbo – Gumbo Verte

“Waste not, want not.””Eat your greens.” You can heed both adages by cooking up something good for you out of things you might otherwise throw away.Gumbo verte, gumbo z’herbes, or greens gumbo, is a gumbo made from a mish-mosh of greens. It’s not pretty and it isn’t fancy city food. It’s down home, Southern Louisiana []

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Grow Your Own #4 – LHHTC Salad with Fig Vinaigrette

One of my new favorite food blogs is Andrea’s Recipes. Andrea has started a monthly food blog event called Grow Your Own, which showcases foods that are homegrown. Check out the event at http://www.andreasrecipes.com/gyo/.My first dish for this month’s GYO is my Lettuce, Herb, Heirloom Tomato, and Cucumber (LHHTC) Salad with Fig Vinaigrette. Not every []

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Lightened Up King Crab and Shrimp Bisque

After a fine dinner out on Saturday night, Hubby and I found ourselves with some leftover steamed king crab legs. Well, the crab legs were his, but he was nice enough to donate them to a worthy cause — a bisque for dinner on Sunday night. Rather than use heavy cream, I lightened things up []

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My Take on Niçoise Salad

Now that spring is upon us, I’m trying to work out daily. Because I’m not a morning person, I tend to exercise after work. Rather than coming home from the office and hacking up stuff with my knives, I’m swinging around my kettlebells. That means getting into and out of the kitchen a bit later, []

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Pumpkin, Veggie, and Turbodog Soup

Last night’s dinner was a quick improvisational act. It was a dance between fridge, freezer, pantry, and stove. Other than having in mind that I wanted to make soup, I didn’t know exactly what kind of soup I wanted.I went to the freezer, rummaged around, and found a package of pumpkin that I’d pureed and []

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Too Hot to Cook – Quinoa & Marinated Feta Salad

Is it too hot to cook where you live? If so, consider this making this melange of quinoa, veggies, beans, and chunks of marinated feta cheese for dinner.There is very little cooking involved in making this salad. The corn and green beans get a quick saute’ and the quinoa can be cooked in the microwave. []

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Turkey Lentil Vegetable Soup

This is a nourishing soup I threw together the other day. I know it’s nearly summer, and not nearly “soup weather”. Still, I wanted something light yet satisfying. I based this soup off of lentil soup, which is what I was going to make until I realized I had only 1 cup of lentils in []

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