Monday, May 22, 2017

Lemony Angel Hair Pasta with Carrots and Zucchini

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I'm in summer recipe planning mode these days and definitely going for dishes that are light, easy and quick to make. Because I want to be outside in the warm sunny weather and not in the kitchen chained to my stove. Bonus points for dishes that taste good at room temperature as well as hot. Extra extra bonus points if I can work a few veggies into it.

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Usually when I think summer pasta dishes I'm picturing a cold salad with a dressing. But there's no reason it can't be a light, lemony dish. I recently had the pleasure of sampling some northern Italian Pino Grigiot from Cavit Wines and loved how light and refreshing it was, perfect for citrus based dishes. I can totally see drinking it with a lemony dessert but why not a lemony pasta?

The hit of lemon zest with the sauteed vegetables and angel hair pasta was absolutely perfect. With the first taste I was mentally sitting on a porch somewhere, eating this for lunch or an early supper and sipping my wine. Speaking of wine, Cavit is declaring the Friday before Memorial Day weekend to be National Pino Grigio Day and I'm on board. In fact, I think I'll be celebrating this holiday all summer. Enjoy!

Lemony Angel Hair Pasta with Carrots and Zucchini

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by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ingredients (4 Servings)
  • 1/2 lb. Angel hair pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Shallot, peeled and diced
  • 2 Zucchini, peeled and julienned
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and julienned
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Handful of fresh greens (baby spinach, mache or micro arugula are all options)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
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Cook the pasta in boiling salted water, according to package directions.

Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large skillet along with the diced shallot. Saute for a few minutes until the shallot becomes translucent. Add the julienned carrots and continue sauteing, on medium heat, for another couple of minutes. Toss frequently with tongs.

Add the julienned zucchini and continue sauteing for another couple of minutes. Continue to toss frequently with tongs.

Stir in the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.

When the pasta is cooked, drain and add into the pan with the vegetables. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and toss to combine. Remove from the heat and stir in the greens. The residual heat from the pasta will wilt them down just enough. Serve with a glass of the chilled Pino Grigio.

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This recipe is sponsored by Cavit Wines. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pan Roasted Smokey Potato Salad with Corn and Bacon

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We are officially two weeks away from the unofficial start of summer. Yup, Memorial Day weekend is when I've always considered it the beginning of the season because that's when summer time shares typically start, summer work schedules go into effect and I start to want grilled food and potato salad every weekend.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Watercress Salad with Honey Sauteed Apples and Almonds

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Can we talk about my favorite new healthy green that's not kale? When I say new I mean new to me, of course. Watercress has been around a long time and I had heard of it but I'm ashamed to say I hadn't tried it. Somehow I had this idea that it was super bitter or something so I kept buying spinach and kale and passed it by. Not anymore!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Baked Pine Nut Falafel Sliders with Hummus Slaw

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It's time, once again, to celebrate one of my favorite foods. Yes, this coming Saturday, May 13th, is International Hummus Day and it totally makes me happy that hummus is so widely appreciated.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Corn and Bacon Fritters with Apricot Yogurt Sauce

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I am all about the sweet and savory together. Yes, that's why I love chocolate covered pretzels but it's also why I like apple tarts baked with cheddar cheese, sweet fruit compotes over brie and maple syrup on bacon. And I know just where I get this particular set of taste buds, too. Yup, just like mom. So it makes sense that I make a sweet and savory treat for her for Mother's Day, right?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Cherry Blossom Cocktail

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I've always been completely obsessed with cherry blossoms and eagerly wait for them every year. They bloom for such a short period of time and I check the city parks regularly to make sure I don't miss them. For the record, I get like this in the fall, too, when I'm planning a road trip to see the leaves turn and monitor the foliage report like a stalker. Anyone else?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Smoked Gouda Pretzel Cheese Dip

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Serious pretzel lover here! Not the hard, crunchy ones you snack on. Wait, I mean, yes, those, too. But I'm talking about the soft, bready ones. Is bready a word? Let's just say it is. Pretzels are all my New York childhood memories of getting the big salty ones from street vendors when my mom and I went to watch the ice skaters at Rockefeller Plaza. Pretzels are my jam.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Liz's Shabbat Apple Cake

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing a recipe with you that comes from my friend Liz's new book, The Ultimate Jewish Shabbat Dinner. Liz writes the blog, The Lemon Bowl, and she shares many recipes from her Jewish and Syrian childhood. Given my passion for Middle Eastern cuisine, I'm obviously a fan.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Potato Hash Shakshuka

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The first time I saw shakshuka on a restaurant menu, I flashed to my first experience of huevos rancheros, the popular Mexican breakfast dish. The two aren't really similar at all except for the tomato sauce but, since my first huevos experience wasn't good, I kind of mentally banned eggs and tomato sauce, no matter the cuisine. I know better now, of course.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Strawberry and Honey Oat Scones

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I'm always fascinated by cooking / lifestyle programs that talk about entertaining over breakfast. I mean, I love entertaining. Come for lunch, come for tea, come for dinner or drinks. It's all good. But please don't come for breakfast. Unless you either enjoy cold, half eaten toast or like having your breakfast around Noon. I just can't fathom it any other way.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cream Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bagel Balls

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Being a native New Yorker, I'm used to a bagel with a schmear (of cream cheese) as a given. Every deli has it as the morning special with coffee, as do the street vending carts that offer breakfast options in midtown. It's our thing. Our delicious thing. The only question, really, is what kind of bagel you want with your schmear.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chocolate Crumb Snack Cake

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Last weekend I was home, wanting a beautiful spring day but, instead, watching it snow outside. I was alternating between watching that giraffe cam and snuggling with my dog (my own personal petting zoo). Are you guys into the giraffe thing? I have no idea how I got sucked into waiting for a giraffe to give birth but now I'm involved so I'll wait it out until she has that baby and then go on with my life. But, in the interest of sanity, I decided to bake a cake.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Loaded Egg Salad Bagel with Honey Roasted Bacon

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What's that expression about, if you're going to do something then do it right? Well, this is a breakfast sandwich done right. More of a weekend project for me but definitely a special Sunday morning treat. Maybe even an amazing brunch for two after a good long sleep.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Middle Eastern Potato Snack Platter

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I'm impatient for spring to arrive. It always happens to me around this time of year. I feel like I've endured two months of freezing cold and snow and now I want cherry blossoms and warmth. Soon, I know, but not quite yet. So, while it's still cold and bleak, I'm catching up on my streaming movie watching and that requires snacks.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Smokey Black Bean Burgers

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The other day I was looking through my refrigerator and cupboards and pulling out ingredients to make lunch. No particular plan. Just seeing what I have and what I could make with it. My own personal episode of Chopped?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tex-Mex Potato Nachos

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It feels like I haven't been in my kitchen for weeks but, actually it's more like one week. One whole, incredibly long week of being flat on my back with the flu. Yes, that plague that's been going around since the new year finally caught up to me and all I can say is that it's evil. And I need a serious break from chicken soup for a while. Oy.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cherry Mini Cakes

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It all started when I decided to make some Valentine's treats for friends and neighbors. I figured I'd do something fun and colorful but my baking cabinet was sadly out of red or pink sprinkles. So I headed to the store to restock and saw heart shaped sprinkles (what??) and red candy melts and heart shaped cutters and I bought them all without even knowing what I was going to do with them.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Red Velvet Swirl Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

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So the Superbowl is over, right? And one of the teams won, correct? My lack of interest is showing, isn't it? In fairness, I'm a big fan of football food. I just prefer eating it while watching puppies playing with a ball. But that's not important now. What is important is that we all stuffed ourselves with copious amounts of game day snacks and now it's time to focus on the sweets. Yup, Valentine's Day is coming!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Soup and Salad Wraps Dinner

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I think I've made it known in the past that I'm obsessed with soup in cold weather. And by cold weather, I mean starting right after Labor Day. And by "made it known" I mean multiple times per year going back forever. So, it's a soup-fest around here for most of the year.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Game Day Eats Ideas and Finds!

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I'm back today with more game day food ideas but with an eye toward convenience. Let's face it, sometimes you've just been cooking too much and too many folks are coming and you need some shortcuts. Or, at least, recommendations for good products to buy to supplement the snacks you've made yourself. So here then are some items I've tried lately that deliver on flavor, convenience and quality. I hope some of them will find their way to your game day festivities. Enjoy!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Southwestern Chorizo Filled Potato Poppers and Pineapple Salsa

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I'm deep in game day recipe mode around here. Between regular Sunday sporting events on TV and the big game coming up soon, it's a bit of a snack fest around here. And the cold rainy weather outside is not doing anything to remove the desire to eat yummy food in front of the TV inside, if you know what I mean.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ultimate Crispy Topped Cheddar Mac and Cheese

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Superbowl is almost here. Are you getting really excited? Are you cheering for your favorite teams and planning a big get together with lots of great snacks? Me, too! Um...OK...maybe just the food part. Seriously, I have watched football (the things you do for men), I understand football (sort of, in the sense that I know the rules of the game) but I'm really just here to eat.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Spiralized Root Vegetable Pasta with Crispy Chickpeas and Walnut Pangrattato

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This recipe title is a mouthful, I know. And it really should be even longer because it's technically a walnut gremolata pangrattato. Ouch. So many big words for such a simple and easy to make dish. Healthy, filling, delicious and on the table in 30 minutes. Let's discuss, shall we?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Southwestern Black Bean Salad with Sweet Potato Wedges

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Happy New Year, friends! I have to say that I love when New Year's Day falls on a Sunday. I mean, I'm all for resolutions and new beginnings and all that. But to go from chugging a bottle of champagne (I admit nothing) to presenting yourself at the gym the next morning on a bowl of high fiber, whole grain cereal, is a little daunting. By which I mean, it ain't happening. So this way, we kind of get a bridge day to get it together.