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how to cook okra Posted on September 18, 2013 By hello kitchen

I remember a time when I was bewildered by okra, not sure what it’s purpose was beyond gumbo or fried alongside fish n’ chips. Then I discovered Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian, which includes at least six workable okra recipes so.... read more →

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watermelon margarita + tuna antipasti Posted on August 19, 2013 By hello kitchen

You may notice some changes to the blog visuals – I’m excited to have our website, portfolio of kitchen projects, and blog all on one wordpress site. We updated Rick & Cindy Black Architects as well, and kickstarted our blog about architecture, travel, and our.... read more →

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rainbow chard and gruyere quiche Posted on June 19, 2013 By hello kitchen

It seems that I haven’t written about food in a while – time to catch up! I made this quiche twice this season, and served the second on Easter. But I will be making it again… and again… through the.... read more →

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carrot soup with harissa Posted on April 10, 2013 By hello kitchen

It’s been so chilly these past few days that I think another soup recipe is in order! Carrot soup is so simple, but this one has a bit of kick from the harissa balanced with the sweetness of the onion..... read more →

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northern bean & rainbow chard soup Posted on March 17, 2013 By hello kitchen

One of my favorite way to spend a Saturday morning (and sometimes Saturday afternoon and Sunday) is gardening. We’ve been in our house ten years this September… that’s amazing! Longer than I’ve ever lived in one place, which means that.... read more →

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grilled pecan chicken and bok choy Posted on February 7, 2013 By hello kitchen

  A few weekends ago I put the lil’ Weber grill back in action and experimented with a new grilling method: smoking with wood chips. Last year I pretty much focused on charcoal direct grilling without using the cover. If.... read more →

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Monday roast: Salmon, Potatoes, Cauliflower & Peppers Posted on October 31, 2012 By hello kitchen

I promise, this meal is way easier to put together than it looks! The whole purpose of the Monday night roast is to make things easy on myself: fewer pots & pans, minimal preparation, straightforward timing and instructions. It’s my.... read more →

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Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash, Tofu & Kale bowl Posted on September 18, 2012 By hello kitchen

I’ve been working through a new system of shopping and cooking, which I’ve tested through its early stages before writing about here. Three weeks ago we started ‘real’ school (the kind with the 7:45 tardy bell), so we needed to.... read more →

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summer salad with beets, peaches, & sprouts Posted on May 22, 2012 By hello kitchen

Saturday was Food Revolution Day! After an early morning visit to Quacks for a chocolate twist, bagel and cinnamon roll for the three of us, I split off and headed to the downtown farmers’ market. I don’t think I’ve ever.... read more →

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Mother’s Day grain salad Posted on May 15, 2012 By hello kitchen

I threw together this grain salad for our Mother’s Day dinner last night, and it was worthy of writing down! Besides this, my brother- and sister-in-law treated us to some amazing grilled pork, zucchini and peppers, a tossed romaine and.... read more →

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sweet potato, cucumber & soba noodles Posted on April 24, 2012 By hello kitchen

Even though I love cooking, sometimes it can get a little overwhelming since we require food pretty much constantly throughout the day. Every couple hours, there’s another decision to make: shall I toss something together, or grab a meal out?.... read more →

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resolution: more dinner parties Posted on January 22, 2012 By hello kitchen

Late January seems like a good time to check in with those New Year’s resolutions – it’s only been three weeks, but it’s amazing how quickly we creep back into the old routines. I wanted to start something new this.... read more →

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Lamb stew with winter squash & olives Posted on December 16, 2011 By hello kitchen

Even though it can get tiresome to stand in front of the stove, the payback from a hearty winter stew is always worth the effort. How satisfying are braised meat and vegetables during these cold and rainy days? November is usually.... read more →

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Ten Summer Salads Posted on July 8, 2011 By hello kitchen

I’ve been on a mad cooking streak the past two weeks, mainly due to the fact that I LOVE my new cookbook: Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson, only one of the most influential vegetarian food writers around. It can.... read more →

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grilled corn & tofu Posted on May 23, 2011 By hello kitchen

It’s official… I’m a huge fan of charcoal grilling. I’d always associated charcoal grills with inordinate amount of time for prep and clean up, and unpredictable bursts of flame. But it’s been surprisingly straightforward so far. The little chimney starter.... read more →

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monday nicoise Posted on May 10, 2011 By hello kitchen

The hellokitchen.net website was experiencing some high-tech problems on Monday, so I apologize if you ran into any errors! Things have gotten so complicated on the internets. This was our Monday night dinner, and I couldn’t resist showing it off..... read more →

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strawberry salad Posted on May 4, 2011 By hello kitchen

Butter lettuce is one of those tricky greens to work with, since it’s high in water content and has such a delicate texture. The wrong dressing can yield bland results, and over tossing can bruise the leaves. I’ve experimented a.... read more →

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Grill, Italian-style Posted on April 21, 2011 By hello kitchen

I finally got a chance to experiment with my new-old grill, after much debating about which recipes from Planet Barbecue would be first. I wanted something primal, elegantly simple, and appropriate for the season, and since the lamburgers were a.... read more →

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