Simple Supper | Bucatini with Mixed Herb and Walnut Pesto

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When most people think of pesto, the traditional version made with basil and pine nuts comes to mind. Did you know you can make pesto with many herb and nut combinations? You can even use blanched spinach, kale or arugula instead of, or in combination with, fresh herbs. Mixed herb pesto is one of my favorites, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover tender herbs in your fridge. I used a combination of basil, parsley and chives, but a handful of fresh mint or a smidge of tarragon would be wonderful additions as well.

Here the pesto is served over bucatini, but it’s also a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables, meats, fish, and shellfish. Everyone in my family loves a dollop stirred into mayonnaise for sandwiches (especially roast beef), and I love it in place of tomato sauce on homemade pizza. So versatile! Continue reading “Simple Supper | Bucatini with Mixed Herb and Walnut Pesto”

Fast + Healthy | Broiled Sole and Cherry Tomatoes with Herbed Scallion Couscous

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Every year about this time, I begin to tire of heavy winter meals and crave flavors that come with warmer days. Here, cherry tomatoes (which are somehow blissfully exempt from “winter tomato” texture) are broiled to bursting, lending sweet acidity to the quick cooking fish. Lemony basil flecked couscous rounds out the dish with its tender herb brightness. Best of all, this dinner will be on the table in less than 30 minutes, and will leave you with minimal clean up!

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Sweet Treat | Strawberry Vanilla Rice Krispie Hearts

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When the ice cream man rolled through our childhood neighborhood sending us scrambling for money, the only thing I’d give up my hard earned allowance for was a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar. I created these Strawberry Vanilla Rice Krispie Treats in homage to the childhood favorite just in time for Valentine’s Day. They are perfectly delicious without the white chocolate drizzle, but holidays call for gilding the lily a bit, don’t you think? Continue reading “Sweet Treat | Strawberry Vanilla Rice Krispie Hearts”

Greens + Things | Kale and Chickpea Salad with Honeyed Almonds and Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

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Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, providing loads of vitamins A, C and K as well as folate, lutein, potassium, calcium and zinc. I made this salad with hearty Red Russian Kale, but Tuscan (lacinato) also works well. Creamy chickpeas provide protein and fiber, and the sweet and crunchy honeyed almonds are a perfect counterbalance to warm, smoky paprika vinaigrette. Continue reading “Greens + Things | Kale and Chickpea Salad with Honeyed Almonds and Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette”