Roasted Carrot Soup with Ginger

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Hi everybody! I am finally back from an adventure- I just got home yesterday from my first-ever trip to California, San Francisco specifically. It was so much fun to go on a real, non-work- or family-related vacation- especially before Autumn sets in and we’re all out of sun here in the Northeast!

Now, I have no idea what it is about vacation that makes me feel it’s acceptable to constantly stuff my face with food every 10 minutes, but I do believe I’ve suffered irreparable stomach expansion and a serious case of the need-new-pants-because-none-of-mine-fit-now-itis. [Read more…]

Homemade Giardiniera

Homemade Giardiniera

Can you believe the beautiful colors in this dish? This is pickled goodness in all its glory. If I can be honest with you, crunchy vegetables in a spicy vinaigrette make my world go round. It’s all I can do to not rush to the fridge right now and grab a quick bi…

…ahem. Now that I’m back, One of my favorite foodie memories of being a young girl growing up was sitting around the kitchen counter with my parents, gathered around a jar of giardiniera on football Sundays. My personal favorite bites were always the krinkle-cut carrots- a crisp bite with a slightly spicy aftertaste- the kind that lingers in your mouth for a little while, begging you to keep eating. [Read more…]

Crispy Carrot and Radish Slaw

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I like to think I have a certain amount of culinary know-how. I’m comfortable in the kitchen, know the difference between a paring knife and a melon baller, and I’ve even memorized (at one point) the proper cooking temperatures for various types of meat.

So when I visited the local farmer’s market this past week, I decided to branch out of my comfort zone and try making a beet salad- I figured, there can’t be too much to it, right? I found some beautiful beets, some awesome heirloom carrots, plus I had some leftover parsley from the mac ‘n cheese. Easy peasy! [Read more…]

Firecracker Citrus Salad with Chicken

Firecracker Citrus Salad with Chicken

It seems counter-intuitive to me that citrus fruits are in season during the wintertime, but I’m certainly not complaining. I’ve been taking advantage of FreshDirect’s seasonal deals on citrus the past few weeks, ordering a crate of clementines, a few limes (one of which I used with the Chili with Chicken and Chipotles, and a beautiful pack of Meyer lemons.

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And even though it’s freezing here in the Northeast and many people’s first instinct is to go for the heavy comfort food, I sometimes still crave the lightness of a fresh salad. Perhaps it’s a way to make amends for all of the overindulgence of the holiday season… my body’s probably happy for the break! [Read more…]