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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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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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Luscious Lunch – Warm Egg Salad with Greek Yogurt

Ask me what my favorite lunch is and I’ll tell you it’s an egg salad sandwich. The eggs should be perfectly boiled (no icky green yolks!) and still slightly warm. Now, if there is something I hate about traditional egg salad, it’s MAYO. I’m not a big fan of its taste when used in large []

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Garlic-Herb Crusted Pork Chops with Bean Salad

Whew! What a weekend! Now it’s back to work (yuck) and back to the kitchen (yay). I’m refreshed, renewed, and finding inspiration in lots of places. Today, I found it in the garden. My mixed lettuces and arugula were looking beautiful. I picked some, along with a variety of herbs for tonight’s dinner. Because we’ve []

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Cajun Lunch

This cheese and Steen’s cane syrup sandwich is one of my favorite sandwiches ever. I grew up eating it as a child, and still savor it to this day. Even though I’ve swapped out the Evangeline Maid bread or French bread for whole wheat, the sandwich is still a taste of home and childhood.The assembly []

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Black Bean & Rice Salad with a Twist

Okay, okay. I know I made a promise to you and I know that this is a salad, but I was craving beans and rice in some form. The results were good enough for sharing. (Yeah, I’m nice that way.) Can you forgive me? PLEASE???Thanks!(Sorry about the crappy iPhone photo. I was hungry and the []

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BBQ Shrimp Po'boy

Nothing satisfies a hearty appetite like a good po’boy. Considering how much I love seafood, it’s no surprise that my favorite po’boys are of the seafood variety, with shrimp being at the top of my list. I do prefer the shrimp on my po’boys fried, but I’m trying to watch my waistline a little. I’ll []

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McQuade\’s Chutney is Good Stuff!

Chutney is a melange of fruity, spicy, and savory goodness that adds a burst of flavor to everything it touches. Chutneys come from so many places — South Africa, Britain, India, and Scotland, just to name a few. Until recently, I’d tried just about every chutney imaginable, except for Scottish Celtic chutney. That is, until []

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Garden Goods and a Leftover Chicken Potato Salad

June is upon us and my little backyard garden is showing signs of taking off. The lettuces are lovely, the tomatoes are tinged orangey red, the cantaloupe vines are creeping, and the radishes are ready for picking. This beautiful head of Lolla Rossa became the basis for a salad of leftover chicken from the rotisserie []

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Dinner for One: Fig and Cheese Sandwich

As a child, one of my very favorite things was helping my maternal grandparents harvest their bountiful garden. Their house and garden were just a hop, skip, and jump away from my parents’ house. I enjoyed picking peas and beans in the garden with my grandfather (“Papere” is what we called him) and shelling them []

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Chicken Soup Verte

This chicken soup is something I made up to answer two distinct cravings I had, and to use up some grilled chicken breasts from a previous night’s dinner.The cravings I’d had were for two, different, regional South Louisiana favorites — chicken with lima beans (sort of stewed/smothered together) and gumbo verte (greens gumbo involving mustard []

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Chop! Chop! Chopped Salad with Beets

There are two types of people in this world. Those who are rabid for beets.Those who haven’t tasted beets. :PI’m obviously the first type, or I wouldn’t be writing about the awesome chopped salad that I whipped up over the weekend.As a kid, I ate lots of fresh beets from my Papere’s garden. My mom []

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