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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

After an indulgent holiday weekend, I was flipping through America’s Test Kitchen Light & Healthy 2010 in search of something fresh and light to get us back on track.  These Asian Chicken lettuce wraps caught my eye.  A little over a year ago now, I […]

Pumpkin Seed Pesto and Squash Sauce over Fresh Pasta

My colleague takes part in a community garden in Jamaica Plain where she grows all sorts of herbs and vegetables.  I believe we are closing in on the basil season here in the northeast because yesterday she very generously offered to give me a gigantic amount of […]

Caprese Kebabs

  For the past few weeks I have been looking for no-cook delicious appetizers for a low fuss girls’ only cocktail party.  Luckily, I had the opportunity to brainstorm recipes and ideas with MyRecipes.com editor Ashley Johnson.  Ashley had so many wonderful suggestions and fun ideas that […]

Quinoa Salad with Corn and Red Pepper

  Quinoa is all the rage these days!  Everywhere I turn there are either quinoa recipes or articles praising quinoa as the best food source ever.  I had to get on the bandwagon!  I’ve been holding on to a box of quinoa for a few weeks […]

Thai Chicken and Basil

I always talk about how much I prefer quick, fresh home cooked meals to takeout and this recipe here really reinforces that!  Throw this chicken in a box with a wire handle and you will swear it comes from the freshest most delicious Thai takeout restaurant that ever existed.    […]

Caprese Salad (Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil)

The flavor combination of tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil ranks very high on my list of favorite flavor combinations.  (Add some prosciutto and a loaf of crusty bread and we’re really talking!)  The freshness, the burst of flavors, the textures, the smell, and the vibrancy of the colors all […]