Mulberry flaxseed superfood muffin

Superfood Muffins with Mulberries and Flaxseed

So I’m not a baker. I’m not very good at it and I don’t really enjoy it. It’s a little strange because I consider myself a pretty darn good cook but all the rule following and precision required for baking just doesn’t align with my strengths. I love being able to improvise over the stove… 

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This turkey Shepherds Pie is low calorie comfort food

Skinny Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

As an, er, “alcohol enthusiast” of Irish decent I pretty much subscribe to the philosophy that St. Patrick’s is amateur night.  However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that observance of the holiday doesn’t have to be just green beer and pinching. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this simple, lightened up Shepherd’s Pie is made… 

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Mushroom Bourginon over Potatoes - Gluten-free, vegan meal

Mushroom Bourginon

Whoa! Somehow over four months have passed since we made and photographed this.  I probably would have forgotten to do it if I weren’t ready to make it again and looking for the recipe. Granted, having been born and raised vegetarian I’ve never had Beef Bourginon but I can’t imagine it’s any tastier than this vegan… 

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Seafood stew with delicately flavored broth that you will crave

Seafood Stew

This delicate, richly flavorful soup is so worth the extra few minutes of simmering the aromatics with the broth and straining.Brad and I were both blown away by the mouthwateringly complex the flavors of this simple broth. This recipe is inspired by Bourride, a French fish stew thickened with aioli. However, I wasn’t super excited… 

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Cedar-plank salmon cooks up perfectly in the oven

Cedar Plank Salmon in the Oven

While we were up in Seattle for the Summer, Brad’s dad grilled up some salmon on a cedar plank and blew my mind. I couldn’t believe how much flavor the wood imparted to the fish and how evenly it cooked. I came home determined to recreate the experience.  The difference between me and Brad’s dad,… 

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Cheesy baked eggplant Parmesan stacks

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

I’d been toying around for a few weeks with the idea of veggie stacks. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted besides eggplant… maybe ratatouille stacks with roasted zucchini, peppers, and goat cheese or mushrooms with a roasted pepper coulis or something Greek-inspired with sumac and feta (all of which will probably still come up… 

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Sesame-crusted Ahi makes an elegant but fast and easy dinner

Sesame-Crusted Seared Ahi with Wasabi Crème Fraîche

Once a week, usually Tuesday, we have “Fish and Veggie” night – usually just a simple baked salmon with steamed or blanched vegetables on the side. It’s Brad’s favorite dinner of the week and I love it because most of our fish and veggie recipes take under 15 minutes from grocery bag to plate. Sometimes… 

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Salmon Rillettes is the greatest salmon you've ever tasted

Thomas Keller’s Potted Salmon Rillettes

I’ve delayed writing this post for weeks because I don’t know how it’s possible to explain in words how spectacular this recipe is. Brad and I are both huge Thomas Keller fans dating back to when we first tried his recipe for simple roasted chicken. A few years ago he bought me a collection of… 

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Quick and easy Asian cucumber salad

Asian Cucumber Salad

This fast and fresh salad is a snap to make and a perfect side for your favorite Asian dish. Serve it with Hoisin-Glazed Salmon, Asian-Glazed Drumsticks, or the fantastic Sesame-Crusted Ahi pictured here – I’ll share the recipe later this week. Persian cucumbers add extra crispness and don’t require peeling making this salad as easy… 

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Quick and easy citrus herb baked chicken

Simple Citrus Herb Baked Chicken

Oh baby. You’re about to blow some people away with this chicken. Never has so much flavor come out of such inexpensive ingredients with so little effort. Honestly, all you have to do is throw some marinade ingredients and chicken parts in a freezer bag the night before. Then, when you come home from work… 

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Dairy free, lightened up Vegan Queso Dip

Vegan “Queso” Dip

I’ve mentioned before that queso is very serious business in this family. I could comfortably survive on a diet of just margaritas and queso – and have, in fact. For about three days, anyway. Then it becomes a little… er… uncomfortable. But still worth it. The purist Jones queso as passed down through the years… 

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Light and Easy Chicken Milanese

Lightened Up Chicken Milanese

Sometime over the last few years I’ve fallen head over heels in love with arugula. I’m sure I hated it as a kid but now it’s one of those foods that makes my eyeballs roll back in their sockets while I make Homer Simpson noises through thick drool. Horrible visual. Sorry. This Chicken Milanese is… 

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