Winter Soup Idea: Butternut Squash and Garlic Soup

Butternut Squash and Garlic Soup recipe

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With a foot of fresh powder on the ground and snowdrifts that would give the Great Sand Dunes a run for their money, winter is still bearing down hard on in the northern latitudes. While I’ve got the gear to venture out and restock my pantry, I certainly don’t have the motivation.

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Classy, Simple Desserts: Blood Orange Granita

Blood Orange Granita recipe

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I love the act of getting warm. I’m pretty sure this is one of the main reasons why I love winter. There’s nothing better than seeking warmth from the cold, drinking hot tea or changing into soft pajamas.

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Gomoku Gohan Features Rice and Seasonal Ingredients

Gomoku Gohan recipe

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Gomoku Gohan, which literally means “five item rice” is the Japanese equivalent of pilaf. As the name implies it involves rice cooked with five other things. What those are, depends largely on the household, but typical additions include, fried tofu, chicken, fish, bamboo, carrots, mushrooms, lotus root, burdock, konnyaku, fishcake, and edamame. But really you can get a little creative and include any combination of ingredients that are going to create a great stock with contrasting textures.

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Start the Day with Steel Cut Porridge and Honeyed Pecans

Steel Cut Porridge with Honeyed Pecans

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I’m not sure if you caught wind or tuned in this week, but Downton Abbey has made its fourth season premiere in the U.S. and I couldn’t be more excited about its return! I’m a huge fan of writer, Julian Fellows, and have been a longtime fan of dramas that explore the tales of class division, the very intertwined relationships between royalty and their servants, and the gossip is, well, just fun. I guess you could say I’m a lover of all things British. As a kid, I devoured everything Austen-esque, I currently drive a British car and own a British dog (corgi lovers unite!). And tea and scones in the afternoon? I can’t think of a better ritual.

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Hijiki Salad: Nutritious Salad Without Produce

Hijiki Salad recipe

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After the excesses of the holidays and the inevitable healthy eating resolutions that follow in the New Year, I’m guessing I’m not the only one looking for some tasty salads. Unfortunately with spring still months away, trips down the produce aisle are less than inspiring.

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Blend Up an Acai and Banana Smoothie

Acai and Banana Smoothie recipe

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I know it’s a bit cliche to start the year providing recipes for foods like smoothies, soups and salads, but I really do think it’s what my body wants right now. Cheese-smothered biscuits and Frito pie isn’t the thing my mind is gravitating towards–even though I do love those foods with all my heart.

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Reimagine the California Bowl

California Bowl recipe

If you’re into food mythology you probably know the story about how the California Roll was invented in LA by a 1960′s era sushi chef trying to make due with the ingredients he had access to. Indeed, had that sushi chef lived in today’s world of daily flights ferrying fish rom Japan’s fish markets to American sushi joints, it’s possible that the California roll may have never been invented.

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Bake Chocolate Glazed Doughnut Muffins

Chocolate Glazed Doughnut Muffins recipe

I love making homemade doughnuts. Actually, I don’t. Correction: I love eating homemade doughnuts. Making them is a whole other story. Homemade doughnuts are definitely a chore to whip up. There are two lengthy rises required, a big pot of oil for frying, which is always such a pain. And then there’s the dunking and garnishing, my favorite part, actually. When it comes to homemade doughnuts, there are about four more steps than I’d like to deal with.


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