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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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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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Slaw with Pistachios and Hummus-Chive-Yogurt Dressing

Being a Southerner, I’m very partial to slaw. I make it often and tend to lean toward vinegar- or yogurt-based dressings.This week, I had an epiphany of sorts, when I visited a salad bar and grabbed some healthy items, including some plain red cabbage and a teeny smidge of hummus instead of dressing. As all []

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Post-Thanksgiving Turkey & Andouille Gumbo

Cajuns don’t throw anything away. We make pain perdu out of our stale French bread and jambalaya out of our barbecue leftovers. And we’ll make a gumbo out of just about anything, chère!Gumbo is a terrific way to make use of your leftover turkey, right down to the carcass. Roasting the carcass and creating homemade []

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Spicy-Sweet Fruit Salad

I served this fruit salad at a pool party last weekend and it was a big hit. The salad combines the mellow sweetness of melons and the tanginess of vinegar and citrus.Spicy Melon Salad1 1/2 lb assorted melon (watermelon, honeydew, canteloupe, muskmelon, etc.), chunked1 pint blueberries or 2 black plums, cut into eighths2 tangelos2 Tbsp []

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Autumnal Chopped Salad w/ Sugar Cane Vinegar

Even out here in usually-sunny Southern California, we’re feeling the first snap of autumn. There is a “winter” storm coming and, while we rarely had those in South Louisiana, the chill in the air reminds me of sugarcane harvests. Near the end of September and the start of October, farmers get ready to harvest the []

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Summery Chopped Salad

Watching your figure this summer? This chopped salad makes the perfect light lunch.Summery Chopped Salad8 yellow pear tomatoes, halved1 small green bell pepper, chopped2 oz jicama, peeled and cut into sticks or dice1/4 c chickpeas, drained1/2 c 2% cottage cheese1 tsp lemon juice1 Tbsp flax oilkosher or sea saltfreshly cracked black peppercayenne pepperCreole seasoningfresh herbs, []

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Slow Food, The Fruit Guys, and an Avocado Chickpea Salad

I got a special delivery this week!I received my Fruit Guys special box showcasing produce from California family farms. The box also promotes Slow Food USA’s ‘Slow Food Nation’ event in San Francisco on Labor Day Weekend 2008, from August 29 – September 1. The Fruit Guys’ box arrived in great condition and included Christmas []

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