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Fresh Herbed Quinoa Salad with Veggies

Quinoa is magical, isn’t it?  It fills your belly but it doesn’t fill your waste-line.  Quinoa is one of those healthy grains that you can manipulate to make it your own too.  I like to cook mine in broth and add fresh herbs and veggies.  This salad is tasty at any temperature too – great for… Continue reading Fresh Herbed Quinoa Salad with Veggies

Make Ahead · Pasta · Recipes · Sides · Vegan/Vegetarian

Mac and Cheese With Buttery Goldfish Crust {Vegetarian}

I was at a friend’s house of mine a few nights ago enjoying an evening of fine conversation (and strong wine) when we started to get hungry.  Us ladies searched the pantry for scrumptious treats when she kindly suggested preparing a box of mac and cheese.  I looked at her, wide-eyed in disbelief, as if… Continue reading Mac and Cheese With Buttery Goldfish Crust {Vegetarian}

Make Ahead · Party Ideas · Pasta · Recipes · Sides · Vegan/Vegetarian

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad

The other day at the farmer’s market in Denver I picked up these beautiful cherry tomatoes (among other finds).  Inspired by all the market’s fresh ingredients, I decided to make a Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad using their tomatoes and peppers. This pasta salad turned out great.  It was light and satisfying, perfect for the summer.… Continue reading Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad

Appetizers/Snacks · Make Ahead · Party Ideas · Poultry · Recipes

Steamed Ginger-Peanut Chicken Dumplings

Dumplings — the college dorm room staple.  Whether you order take-out or keep them frozen in your tiny dorm freezer, they’re easy to reheat and great after long nights of skipping study group and bingeing on beer bongs and cheap shots of cheap tequila. I have had a bit of an obsession with dumplings lately.… Continue reading Steamed Ginger-Peanut Chicken Dumplings

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Puerco Pibil (Cochinita Pibil)

My fantastically amazing friend made this for our last pot luck.  The spices in the meat are absolutely to die for.  I’ve never had anything quite like it. A little bit of history:  Puerco Pibil is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península. Preparation of traditional cochinita or puerco pibil involves marinating… Continue reading Puerco Pibil (Cochinita Pibil)