December 2010

Arugula-Mint Salad with Oranges and Oil-Cured Olives

December 28, 2010

The other day, when I made braised chicken with Morrocan spices and dates, I wanted a refreshing salad to compliment the rich, warm main dish. Epicurious is one of my favorite sites to peruse when I’m in need of inspiration, and in no time I found a zesty Moroccan-inspired salad recipe. The smoky olives mingle well […]

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Braised Moroccan-Spiced Chicken with Dates

December 20, 2010

When winter hits I’m always looking for hearty, warm meals to make.  Problem is, I find that many people do away with flavor in the pursuit of comfort.  That is why, for example, I created my Jerk Chicken Pot Pie recipe; just because a meal is warm and cozy, doesn’t mean it can’t tantalize my […]

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Homemade Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

December 13, 2010

In the last couple of weeks, the crisp, cool autumn suddenly turned to winter. The temperatures took a nose-dive and snow coated the city.  I’m a summer girl, to be sure, so when the cold sets in, I’m ready to avoid the outdoors at all costs, start up the fire, and make some nice warm comfort food. […]

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Wine-Braised Baby Octopus with Saffron Polenta Cakes

December 10, 2010
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      Sometimes recipes start in the simplest of places.  In this case, it was a craving for polenta. Then, as many people do, I transformed that craving into a brainstorming session, thinking of something I could make with what I had on hand. From there the story gets weirder, yet more indicative of […]

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