Fresh and Easy Mango Salsa

Salsa is probably one of the most versatile foods out there. Good on its own as a dip, or as a topping for tacos or sandwiches, or as a salad mix-in, or as a chicken or fish marinade, the possibilities are pretty endless. But tomato salsa is so yesterday. Modernize your salsa repertoire with this healthy, vegan, sweet and savory salsa you can quickly make in your Magic Bullet. Keep extra on hand to top your favorite protein with, blend […]

Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Herbed Cheese

As readers of this blog have probably figured out, I’m a big fan of farmers’ markets and all the spectacular and weird things that you can find there. On the other hand, sometimes it’s a little unclear whether what you’re getting there is really any different from what you get at the grocery store, in terms of taste. Is farmer’s market zucchini really any different from grocery store zucchini, especially after it’s been fried up? Well, I don’t know. That’s a question […]

Summer’s Gone Sauce

Sigh. I’d say summer is ending, but that wouldn’t be true: summer is over. Pretty soon it’ll be all stews, braises, and chilies around here, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, comfort yourself just a little bit by finding one of the last tomatoes of the season and fresh basil at the farmers market and making this delicious fresh tomato sauce. With really good tomatoes, you make a great sauce with no cooking at all; just blend them up […]

Pasta with Wild Mushrooms and Flowers

OK, so this one is a little unusual, but it shows off one of my best strategies for this time of year: just wander into the farmer’s market, buy what looks good and make a pasta. And it was delicious. There’s this guy at the Dupont Circle farmer’s market in DC who sells a wide variety of strange, wild mushrooms. These mushrooms are exorbitantly expensive – often like $20 per pound – but a little goes a long way. I’d […]

Arugula Pesto and Chicken Panini

One of my favorite places in high school was Corner Bakery. And I always had a hard time deciding between my two favorites–Pesto Cavatappi and a Chicken Pomodori panini. Luckily, I can now make a version of the panini at home! Instead of just plain pesto, I made Arugula Pesto that I found at Feasting At Home’s blog, which looked like a fun spin on an old classic. Makes one cup Arugula Pesto and Chicken Panini Ingredients 2 large garlic […]

Breakfast Smoothie (Bowl)

So I’ve mentioned how much I like smoothies for breakfast. But generally, a smoothie alone just doesn’t quite cut it. Sure, it makes a nice dent, but it isn’t going to be enough to keep you full until lunch. This is where the genius of the bowl comes in. You’ve seen them. C’mon now, don’t be shy. You’ve walked past the hippe “health bar” where the guy with dreds flashes you a peace sign as he digs in to something purple […]