Italian Kale Salad with Crispy Polenta Croutons

Italian Kale Salad with Crispy Polenta Croutons

Sometimes you can’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. That’s certainly the case when it comes to making a mouth-watering kale salad. There’s nothing this tough plant likes more than being worked over, breaking down the fibrous leaves with your fingers to reveal its tender side.  It’s called massaging, but we’re not talking about a gentle, relaxing rubdown —… 

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The adventure begins

I don’t know much (yet) about blogging. But food? That’s a different story. I can (and often do, it seems) think about food 24/7. On trips to foreign cities, forget museums and art galleries. The grocery store is my first stop — on the hunt for new and exotic ingredients. And some — OK, many… 

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Lemony Potato Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Mint

It’s been a long winter. But the arrival of two of my favorite veggies has put a spring in my step. Once asparagus and fresh garden peas start showing up in the grocery story, warm weather can’t be far behind. I couldn’t resist putting both in my cart on my last trip to the market, but… 

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Bruschetta with Roasted Asparagus and Creamy Herbed Tofu

Bruschetta with Roasted Asparagus and Herbed Tofu Cream

Lately, I’ve been having a hankering for bruschetta, but the tomatoes at this time of year don’t exactly lend themselves to the Italian classic. They may look deliciously red, plump and juicy, but they taste like, well, cardboard. I’ll wait for some fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes from my garden in late summer for this one. But, to satisfy my… 

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Italian Quinoa-Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach Pesto

Italian Quinoa-Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach Pesto

 The much-better-half is away on a work trip, which means one thing: mushrooms. Much to my dismay, it’s one of the few veggies he just doesn’t enjoy. Rather than trying to disguise them, I tend to just avoid them when cooking at home. But all that changes the second he and his suitcase roll out the door. Then… 

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