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Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Tonight we had a salmon feast to round out a week of celebrations!  While we chose to make this week of school vacation a ‘staycation’ it ended up to be filled with day after day of reasons to raise a glass.  Here are just some of the highlights. On Easter Sunday last weekend we spent […]

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Tuesday night, two hungry bellies, and no food plan!  This 15 minute dinner came to the rescue and surprised both of us with its simplicity, versatility, and flavor. I went hungry-shopping last weekend at Trader Joe’s and found many new treats in my cart from simmer sauces to naan to pre-riced cauliflower.  The process of […]

Farro and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is my 100th post, and I am SO happy that it gets to be this delicious dish.  Last week, while on vacation, I had lots of time to catch up on reading some of my favorite blogs and cataloging ‘things to make.’ During that process, I stumbled upon this amazing recipe from Figs and […]

Beef and Lentil Shepard’s Pie

For as many years as I can remember, my Baba’s favorite Christmas gift was a ‘food box’ from my parents containing her favorite grocery and pantry items. Each year the same old sturdy tomato box was dug out of the garage with the top pre-wrapped for easy opening and re-use.  This tradition initially started as […]

The Chicken Pot Pie Experiment

With multiple feet of snow having fallen in the last several days we are wrapping up our THIRD snow day in a row here in New England.  Over the course of this unexpected break, I have cooked up a large batch of rice and beans, organized our tool area in the basement, and have listened […]

Spaghetti Squash Primavera Bowl

We have a snow day here in Massachusetts! Not just schools, but state offices and many businesses are canceled as well, with 11-14 inches of snow predicted to fall over the course of the day.  Man, I couldn’t be happier.  I still feel that childhood rush of excitement when a snow day arrives.  The entire world […]

The Shakshuka Experiment

I’ve just wrapped up our 8th annual ladies weekend, a time for some of my former roommates and I to sneak away from the world, reconnect, reminisce, drink wine, sleep in, and indulge.  With a new baby in the group and one friend who moved down to Virginia, we chose to stay at home in […]

Asian Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs

Every January my favorite online Yoga Guru Adrienne hosts a 30 days of yoga ‘event’ where she posts consecutive free videos to help you reconnect with an at-home practice. Today, while on the mat, she commented: “use this space to play and explore!”  Her motto of ‘find what feels good’ emphasizes not just forcing yourself […]

The Baked Gigandes Experiment

I’m such a sucker for new beginnings. I love the opportunity to step back, reset, and map out a new path for the road ahead.  This year, as we enter 2017 I have decided to create some intentions rather than resolutions.  Posts like this amazing one shifted my thinking. Rather than saying – as of […]

The Crab Cake Experiment

What to do with leftover crab… experiment with crab cakes, of course!  With no deeply held personal opinions about crab cakes I started with my obligatory research. Kenji Lopez at The Food lab stresses the importance of using quality crabmeat here, and has a richly detailed article with his experimentation and findings.  He uses oyster […]