Serve Spaghetti with Soy Sauce Butter Scallops

Spaghetti with Soy Sauce Butter Scallops recipe

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When it comes to my culinary ideology, one of my most valued beliefs is that food doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. Pasta is the perfect example of this tenet. Whether it’s Pasta Carbonara, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or Pasta Primavera, these meals come together in less time than it would take have a pizza delivered, and at a fraction of the cost.

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Make Cabbage Coconut Shrimp Rolls

Cabbage Coconut Shrimp Rolls recipe

I’ve been on a bit of a healthy-food kick and I’m loving it, mainly because I can visit dishes I’ve loved in the past and sort of give them a makeover. Case in point: coconut shrimp. When I was a kid, there was nothing I loved more than coconut shrimp. And not the healthy kind, but the coconut shrimp that is gloriously coated in sugary shredded coconut and deep fried in terrible oil. And then, when it’s all piping hot, you get to drop it in that awesome sweet and spicy sauce. Oh how amazing! Even now, I’d love a plate of deep fried coconut shrimp. I’d inhale it in a heartbeat.

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Loubieh Bi Ziet (Green Beans in Oil)

Loubieh Bi Zeit recipe

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I tend to prefer my vegetables crunchy and bordering on raw, but Loubieh Bi Zeit is one dish I make an exception for. A Levantine dish, Loubieh Bi Zeit literally means “green beans in oil”. It’s an accurate description and yet it doesn’t do the dish any justice.

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Hasselback Potatoes with Spinach Pesto

Hasselbeck Potatoes with Spinach Pesto recipe

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There are nights when I love nothing more than to prepare a meal that takes a variety of ingredients and a few hours to prepare. I do, after all, love the process of cooking. It’s possibly one of my greatest pleasures. But, like the rest of human kind, there are nights when all I want is something to eat that takes little effort. I want the actions to be swift, the ingredient list to be manageable and if something is going to take a bit of time, I’d prefer that time to not require constant babysitting, actions and/or work.

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Get Ready for Seasonal Changes with Spring Salad

Spring Salad recipe

With spring just weeks away, I couldn’t resist the urge to do a salad. Not the tuber and sea vegetable salads I’ve been subsisting on, but a bonified green salad.

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Make Your Own S’mores Pop Tarts

S'mores Pop Tarts recipe

My childhood wasn’t filled with pop tarts, sugary cereals or game consoles, unfortunately. Instead, it was chock-full with what I like to refer to as hippie-dippie food; there was lots of rice milk, fresh fruit that my mom liked to call dessert, and of course, Latin food. It was a strange combo but I wouldn’t have it any other way. And television? It was strictly monitored, if not nearly prohibited. I think not having fun food and television resulted in an adult who loves nothing more than making homemade pop tarts while watching trashy television.

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Experiment with Seafood: Skate with Browned Butter

Skate with Browned Butter recipe

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Skate is one of those oddities most people see in the seafood case and marvel at the wing-like fillets, but would never consider buying; I used to be one of those people. That all changed one night a number of years ago, after a waiter recommended the skate on their menu. Despite looking like something out of a sci-fi horror film, it was delicious.

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What’s the Perfect Movie Companion? Salted Caramel Popcorn!

Salted Caramel Popcorn recipe

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The Oscars are on Sunday. Are you having a party? A get-together? I’m throwing my boyfriend a birthday BBQ during the day, which is actually taking me a good amount of work, so I’m planning on changing into some pajamas and hanging out at home for the big show. I love eating popcorn with anything remotely movie-related. I think we all do.

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