Bob’s Bean Salad

I sit and type this post from one of the most beautiful places on the planet.  Not even lying folks, this is my current view: I’m both lucky and unlucky enough to have a sister who lives in Big Sky, Montana.  I’m lucky, because it’s truly a beautiful evergreen gem of a place to visit; …

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Swiss Chard Hash

St. Patrick’s day has a special place in my heart because one of my most favorite people on the planet shares her birthday with the holiday.  I dedicate this recipe to my sister, Patrice, who also happens to be the nicest, most selfless person in my family.  She devotes all her time to her kids, …

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Hummus

People go crazy over my hummus.  The reason?  I’m a stickler for texture, and velvety smooth is definitely the right choice!  I used to not even like hummus (again, it’s textural for me), until that life-changing day The Hubs ordered it while having lunch at Café Rakka in Hendersonville.  Café Rakka’s hummus is so smooth, so creamy, …

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Mussels in White Wine Broth

Ok, so ever since our trip to Traverse City a few summers ago, I’ve been craving the mussels from North Peak Brewery.  The North Peak’s mussels were so good we asked for three helpings of bread just to sop up the amazingly flavorful broth at the bottom of the bowl.  At our third request for …

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Creamy Dreamy Cauliflower Soup

One of my good friends just posted on Facebook today, “it’s soup season”, and I couldn’t agree more.  This soup-er (ha) creamy cauliflower soup recipe is from this September-October’s issue of Cook’s Illustrated.  It looks so fancy that you feel like you should get dressed up to eat it.  I’m writing the recipe pretty much …

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Hatch Green Chile Chutney

I’m not going to lie, I have at least one more Hatch Green Chile recipe left in me after this one.  I now understand the cult following of these things!  Flavor packed with a hint of lingering char leftover from grilling, Hatch chiles now have a permanent place of spicy appreciation in my heart.  This …

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Homemade Potato Chips!

My dad is a shameless potato chip junkie.  Unfortunately for him, my mom is perpetually dieting (even though she looks just fine to me) and refuses to keep tempting chips in her pantry.  My poor father is forever in search of his next bag of chips.  Sour cream, plain or ruffled, it makes no difference; …

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Persian Rice

I cannot believe it, for the first time ever I made acceptable Persian rice for The Hubs!  Persian rice ain’t easy, it’s high-pressure, time-consuming, and must be carefully monitored.  This  recipe is The Hubs’ own personal method, formed through many trials and errors.  Disclaimer to Persian people: This is a low-fat, speedy recipe, as no …

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