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I've been sitting on this post for three weeks because I wasn't thrilled with how the photos came out. I made this the weekend that my sister was in town, so I was trying to make a huge dinner while keeping an eye on my very curious nephew who suddenly wanted to cling to me. But I'm sucking it up and posting it, because regardless of how drab I made it seem with my less than stellar food styling, it was unbelievable. 

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It was the most earthy, perfect-for-autumn dish you could imagine. I saw this recipe in my Oprah Magazine Cookbook that I got for Chanukah last year, and I've had it bookmarked for 10 months, just waiting for the leaves to start dropping so I could make this.

And it was worth the wait.  ...continue reading

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This pizza was an experiment in recreating a dish I had from Mikro Beer Bar in Hamden, CT. I got it when I was staying with my sister's family a few weeks back, and I could not stop obsessing about it!

The best thing about this pizza is the truffle oil.

Oh.

My.

God.

Truffle oil.

I've been meaning to buy this expensive oil for months now, but finally I had enough incentive to do it. Never before have I experienced something as potent and magical as this, where just the smallest drops can transform your dish into something rich and sophisticated.

I'm torn between wanting to preserve what I have left in the bottle, and wanting to drizzle it on EVERYTHING. I'm starting to see why truffles are so expensive, and why people pay exorbitant amounts for the tiniest taste of one. And I'm bummed that I have such rich tastes on such a poor budget. But I can't get enough of this stuff!

Hey, I'm sure the federal government won't notice if I skip paying off my college loans for a month or two, right? ...continue reading

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Whenever I buy lettuce and salad ingredients at Wegmans, I have every intention of making a delicious, healthy, and colorful salad to accompany my dinners. And then I typically find said lettuce and vegetables rotting at the bottom of my fridge, weeks later. I'm not sure why I feel like making salad is such a tedious activity, but I bet it's because, for the most part, just eating salad is tedious enough.

The trick is to find the right salads, and mix it up to always keep things interesting. I was a huge fan of the goat cheese and strawberry salad I made last summer, and so I thought I would make another simple salad with a few star ingredients to make it pop. In this case, it's the grapefruit, and the incredible shallot dressing. ...continue reading

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One year ago, if you had offered me an ooey, gooey slice of vegetable lasagna, I would have curled my lip in disgust.

Vegetables? AND no meat? I'll pass, thanks. 

I had absolutely no idea what I was missing! My boyfriend found this recipe on the Pioneer Woman's website, and had me help him make it for his mother's birthday. We also made a typical meat lasagna using spicy sausage, and to our surprise, everyone loved the vegetable one more! Several of them had even requested that we skip the mushrooms, but ate the lasagna without knowing that the fungi were hidden among all the other veggies (sneaky, I know).

The secret to this lasagna is in the sauce. It uses a LOT of vegetables, diced very small and sautéed in olive oil and garlic, and then simmered with a can of whole tomatoes. I seasoned mine liberally with red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne, and chili powder to give it a nice kick. The flavor is rich and incredible, and it makes perfect leftovers. I had a big piece every day for lunch this week!  ...continue reading