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Baked Sweet Potato with Black Beans and Spinach

January 25, 2016

You’re going to love how this colorful sweet potato dinner practically makes itself. To make things even more amenable, check out the wine suggestion and pour yourself a glass while you wait for the potato to bake. Relax. This low fat, nutritious dinner is the perfect meatless meal for a busy weekday night. Cheers.

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Bibimbap: A vegetarian dinner for two

January 8, 2016

One of my new favorites is Bibimbap (bee-bim-bop), a delicious Korean dish of rice, sautéed vegetables, fried egg, spicy chili sauce and kimchi. The vegetables are usually cooked separately and arranged beautifully around the rice, but I think you’ll appreciate the time saving measure of just cooking all the veggies at once. After all, you’re going to mix it all up before you take the first bite, right?

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End of Summer Fried Green Tomatoes

October 29, 2015

My son brought me a big bag of green tomatoes from his garden the other day. What could we possibly do with all these hard round green globes? I say fry them up. Most everyone gets excited about ripe summer tomatoes. But I’m addicted to those end of summer green ones.

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Chicken Enchiladas with Hatch Tomatillo Salsa

September 27, 2015

Oh, enchiladas, carnitas and fish tacos. Where have you been all my life? I love, love, love Mexican food so much that I think in another time, I must have been Hispanic. My name is Carla, is it not? How far removed from Carlita can I be?

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Farmer’s Market Salad

September 15, 2015

One of the best things about summer (and there are lots of good things) is our local farmer’s market here in Hudson. We have a small one in my town, right on the green in the middle of the city. On Saturday mornings I find a wide variety of fresh picked produce to experiment with in the coming week.

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Limoncello Lemon Mousse with Chocolate Sauce

August 11, 2015

It’s finally here. Sweet and Tart: 70 Irresistible Recipes with Citrus is released and on sale today!

So, I thought I’d share one of the recipes and hopefully pique your interest in the sweeter side of citrus with this heavenly, lemonly mousse drizzled with chocolate.

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Pork Tonkatsu with Fig and Arugula Salad

July 16, 2015

I know the opening of this recipe should be about the pork, but I am gobsmacked by the beauty of these figs. I want to look at them, center table, displayed in a bowl or on a plate but, eat them we must. Yep, they taste pretty good as well.

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Red Rice and Vegetable Biryani

June 26, 2015

Warm weather has finally arrived in Northeast Ohio. We’ve traded our jeans and boots for shorts and sandals and officially moved the dining room to the patio. But our seasonal attitude doesn’t stop with the wardrobe change. We also change out our diets in the summer months, adopting lighter or meatless meals many nights of the week.

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A Trio of Summer Sauces

June 8, 2015

But, no matter how tasty, dinner from the grill can become monotonous (another grilled chicken breast?) and begin to taste the same after a few weeks. Enter the summer sauce triumvirate, guaranteed to make all your fast and fresh grilled meals more interesting.

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Pasta “Rags” with Ramps, Baby Carrots and Bacon

May 6, 2015

Redbud trees, daffodils and lilacs are feasts for the eyes, but ramps are one of springtime’s tastier gifts. Used to be these garlicky wild green onions were foraged down in the “hollers” of my native West Virginia and either boiled, sautéed, pickled or fried to garlicky, oniony deliciousness.

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