Celery and Pear Bisque

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This is the other soup that I made to have at home for Dino while he’s healing. This was an interesting soup – it was light and refreshing, and very different from the Split Pea Soup that I made on Friday. It was pretty easy to put together – it … Continue Reading →

Chicken with Lemon-Leek Linguine

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This dish was in the newest issue of Cooking Light, and the note with the recipe said it would be ready in 30 minutes. I thought that sounded good for a weeknight. The flavors in this dish are good, but it’s not something that I really felt warranted a recipe. … Continue Reading →

Seared Rainbow Chard with Leeks

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One of my friends gave me some rainbow chard from his garden, and I was excited to try it out. I’m not a huge fan of bitter greens, but it’s one of the things I’m working on. I found a really simple recipe that looked like a winner. It was OK. Like I said, I’m not a fan of bitter greens. I think I need a lot of garlic or other flavors to try to convert me to a lover of all things bitter. Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday, Julia! Chilled Leek and Potato Soup: Vichyssoise

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For Julia Child’s birthday, food bloggers all over are celebrating by making some of her wonderful recipes in her honor. I wanted to try out one of her most simple recipes – Vichyssoise. It’s funny because I can never hear that word without hearing her voice pronouncing it in my head. I used to watch her cooking show with my grandparents all the time, and then when I got a little older, I’d watch her cook on other shows like Julia and Jacques. It was so inspiring to see her having so much fun in the kitchen!

This recipe is really simple and has a lot of flavor for so few ingredients. The one thing I noticed is that it doesn’t tell you when to add the dairy – so I just added it at the end in the blender. Make sure you season it well, and if you really want to make it shine, add a bit of topper oil and some freshly cracked pepper at the end. This is a nice refreshing summertime soup. Continue Reading →

Too-Easy Chicken with Leeks

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This is one of our favorite quick chicken dishes. It really is too easy – the most involved part is making sure you get all of the sand out of the leeks. Too-Easy Chicken with Leeks 30-Minute Meals 2 – Rachael Ray 4 Servings 2 leeks 4 pieces boneless, skinless … Continue Reading →

Afghani Meat and Noodle Casserole

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I’ve had this recipe for a long time and finally tried it out. It sounds weird, but it’s actually really good! The mint on top is really nice, and it’s interesting to have yogurt instead of cheese inside. This is definitely a nice change of pace from a “normal” lasagna. … Continue Reading →

Too-Easy Chicken with Leeks

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I wanted something quick and simple last night, so I decided to make one of Rachael Ray’s recipes. I had made it before, and found it to be refreshingly easy – something that actually lived up to its name. Also, it deviates from Rachael’s normal recipes, as it doesn’t involve … Continue Reading →