Posts tagged as nut-free

Garlicky Cherry Tomato and Bread Gratin

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Aug 1, 2009 at 11:25am

Warm bread and ripe tomatoes, what a pairing. I could stop there – with a shake or two of salt and pepper – and be very happy. But add garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, a little cheese, fresh herbs, and a blast of heat and you have garlicky cherry tomato and bread gratin –…

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Vegetables with Pasta

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 25, 2009 at 6:33pm

So, as I mentioned yesterday, I had a cooler full of fresh, delicious CSA veggies to work with for dinner tonight. I opted for pasta, tangled with ribbons of collards, fennel, and spring onions, as well as bites of zucchini (the zucchini was not from my veggie share – it was just chilling in the…

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Back to Reality…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 7, 2009 at 11:34am

It’s been quite a run of parties, entertaining, and dining out lately, whew.  Loads of fun, no doubt, but I’m itching to get back to my “normal” routine of eating lighter, simpler foods.  Especially after last night’s hurrah of a dinner/feast, sending off my brother David, whose 4th of July visit has officially come to…

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Sizzling!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:10pm

Hooey it’s sizzling hot out there, we’ve got a real summer now. Makes me hungry for gazpacho, even though it’s hardly tomato season in Minnesota, at least not yet. But never mind that, since in a pinch, canned tomatoes beautifully anchor a tasty version. So if a cold-salty-crunchy-tangy gazpacho is your perfect antidote to a…

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Cured Pork

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 11, 2009 at 6:58pm

I don’t each much pork, or meat for that matter, but I have to admit that there is nothing – nothing! – like the power of a bit of cured pork to completely transform a dish.  This is not a culinary secret, of course, but perhaps these days it isn’t said often enough.  And it…

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Sunday Sandwich

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 7, 2009 at 10:32am

Actually, I can’t believe I haven’t posted this before, one of my very favorite sandwiches.  There’s nothing to it, that’s probably why, and probably because you make some form of this for yourself anyhow.  But in case not, and in case you love Greek/Middle Eastern flavors, here’s a quick, filling, bursting-with-flavor, open-faced sandwich, somewhere between…

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Tosca, Miso, Thursday, Friday

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 5, 2009 at 4:52pm

John and I snuck out for dinner last night at Turtle Bread’s long-awaited venture, Trattoria Tosca.  I didn’t have false hopes – I knew that this wasn’t going to hit the ground running as a (Restaurant) Levain experience – but based on a quick read through Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s blog post (she hasn’t done a…

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Marinades

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 1, 2009 at 10:52am

                          Remember when everyone thought marinades tenderized meat?  Ah well, they don’t (just like browning meat doesn’t “seal in the juices” – but I digress…).  Marinades do however add tons of flavor – to meat and vegetables – and are therefore my current…

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Happy, Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 10, 2009 at 1:23pm

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s been a terrific one for me. My mom and sister Stacey stopped by for a light, simple brunch and some good chat over coffee. I tried a new crustless quiche recipe that completely rocked – only 150 calories/slice but you’d never know it. Loaded with the flavor of Canadian bacon, onions,…

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More Salmon…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 4, 2009 at 4:16pm

OK, a new angle on salmon, given my previously stated difficulties in finding an edible version in Minnesota. Taking a page from our foodie friends Kris & Harry, I ordered online. Since I forgot the site they recommended, I poked around myself and chose Vital Choice Wild Seafood for their sustainable practices and interesting product…

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