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Pea Pesto

_MG_6162This is one of my go-to spring recipes, especially for entertaining. The pea and basil together are super refreshing (you can also use mint), and since everything gets thrown in the food processor, it only takes minutes to prepare. My favorite way to eat is with toasted bread, but since I spent hours (literally) rolling out these flat breads one Saturday, I thought they would make a nice accent. (The flat bread is SO good, but very time-consuming due to all of the hand-rolling, and if you are going to make these, you should definitely not go to P90X that morning or you won’t be able to lift your arms.)_MG_6172

 

_MG_6167I also served with this amazing whipped feta (all credit goes to my friend Arie for introducing me to this recipe). Seriously, the next time you have people over (or not, if you want it all to yourself), you must make this. It’s like whipped gold.

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Steak Sandwiches

_MG_6105Usually when I order a sandwich, I tend to go for something covered in cheese and with a salty-sweet component, or the classic ham & butter combo. But after having steak for dinner one night, we were faced with the dilemma of what to do with leftovers the next day: and what better way to use up leftover steak – admittedly, not a terrible problem to have – than make steak sandwiches? _MG_6106

We also happened to have leftover brussels sprouts slaw which I thought would provide a nice crunchy contrast to the juicy steak. But the real star of the sandwich is the garlickly, tangy aioli – a perfect foil to the crunchy bread and succulent meat. Serve with chips and pickles for an easy dinner or picnic lunch (is it feeling like spring anywhere else? Everyone in NYC is delirious with happiness that it’s finally more than 40 degrees)._MG_6112

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Peanut & Vegetable Stew

_MG_6062Despite the fact that it was officially spring last week, New York is still feeling distinctly chilly. I for one am more than ready to not wear a coat and spend a little time outside, but until the temperatures warm up a little more, I’m sticking with hearty soups and stews for dinner. This recipe came from my mom (through one of her oldest friends), and is a great way to get your fill of vegetables and protein all in one. You can also add chicken to make it a little heartier, but I like it vegetarian to feel especially virtuous._MG_6065

Meanwhile, I’ll be dreaming of asparagus and strawberries and all things spring over here. Will this winter never end?_MG_6071

 

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Meyer Lemon-Bay Leaf Pound Cake

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_MG_6085Sorry for the long absence, everyone. I was in Minnesota for a few days at the beginning of the month, and then I was feeling kind of stuck in the winter doldrums. Anyone else feeling like they need a tropical getaway right about now?_MG_6081

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Thankfully, this weekend was slightly warmer (almost 60 degrees in NYC!) and after seeing this lovely cake over on 101 Cookbooks, I was feeling inspired. If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you probably know that I love lemon desserts, and this cake was no exception. Not too sweet, with a hint of herbal flavor that adds depth and compliments the Meyer lemons very nicely. You could easily substitute oranges or regular lemons, depending on your personal preference and what you have on hand._MG_6083

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Homemade Granola

_MG_5822We have a special guest today from none other than my PIC, Ari King. He took a little time off from his radio show to share a recent cooking project.  –Maren_MG_5816Although I am usually the one on ‘dish patrol’ (as my mom always puts it), I’m occasionally able to give my scoundrel a respite when it comes to cooking. True, this recipe doesn’t exactly translate to “Hey, I’ll take care of dinner tonight, you’ve had a long day” but it does show an effort has been made and it is pretty tasty._MG_5821

I’m going to come right out and say it: I love cereal. I love it. I love it for breakfast and I love it for dessert. But, I recently chose to cut back on the sweet cereal (Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and look into different types of granola. Each grocery and health food store I went to carried granola but it was always so expensive. I decided to just make the granola myself and, like most amateur kitchen-dwellers, I Googled recipes and got 22,000,000 results in 0.57 seconds and drove myself crazy trying to find the perfect one before  settling on this one from Bon Appétit. The good thing about making your own granola is that beyond the essentials – oats, nuts, olive oil, sweetener – you can add whatever you want. I threw in flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut shreds, and added goji berries and currants on top._MG_5823

And a little something extra:

*If you are feeling really groovy, toss in some chocolate chips. Go head. It’s cool.

*Imagine eating a toasted cloud. Put some granola on top of your delicious yogurt and you can know that feeling. Add fruit if you are into that kind of thing.

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Chocolate Mousse

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_MG_5786When I was growing up, Valentine’s Day meant a special dinner with our family, and most importantly, CANDY. I still remember one V-day in particular where my sister and I each received a giant Hershey’s Kiss, and I’m pretty certain that we both ate at least half that night (Solveig, you know what I’m talking about). _MG_5812Besides having an incorrigible sweet tooth, Valentine’s Day was never really my favorite holiday – I never really thought it was necessary to have one day to let the people close to you know that you love them. Of course, I’m never going to say no to a good dinner, so when Ari and I were deciding what we were going to do (obviously, House of Cards was the first item on the agenda), I thought it would be fun to come up with some things I don’t make on a regular basis. Surprisingly, I have never tried my hand at chocolate mousse, always one of my favorite desserts at French restaurants, but after this I will definitely be making it again. Seems fancy, and is deceptively simple  – plus you can make it hours ahead of time, which makes it perfect for a dinner party._MG_5792

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Black & White

I’ve really been feeling Scandinavian minimalism lately. I think it could be this crazy winter we’ve been having, but I love the simple, neutral color schemes and variety of textures that the Swedish and Norwegians seem to do so well. I put together a roundup of a few black and white items I’ve been coveting lately (and I might need to buy that blanket for myself!)

black & white1. blanket/2. tray/3. salt & pepper shakers/4. bag/5. pillow/6. sheepskin/7. napkins/8. teakettle

You might also notice a few changes around here: I decided to do a little redesign to (hopefully) keep the site user-friendly, while making it look a little more modern. I’m still working out a few kinks, so let me know what you think and if you are having any issues!

 

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Iceberg Wedge Salad

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_MG_5675Most of the time, my preferred salads are either of the crunchy Asian variety, or some type of arugula-blue cheese-pear mash-up. But every now and then, all I really want is crisp iceberg lettuce, creamy blue cheese dressing, crispy bacon, and of course, avocado – yes, it might be old-fashioned, but sometimes you just can’t beat a good iceberg wedge salad. I made these to go along with the wings while we were watching the Super Bowl, and I must say, it was pretty perfect. If you’re anywhere on the East Coast, you’re probably snowed in, or at least had a pretty bad commute this morning – and I think that this salad is the perfect antidote, hearty but crunchy, doused in a rich dressing and filled with salty delicious bits — just how it should be for a snow day. _MG_5674

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Sriracha, Ginger & Soy-Glazed Chicken Wings

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_MG_5715Does anyone eat chicken wings after the Super Bowl? I know, this post comes a little too late. But since the Super Bowl itself was pretty boring (and heartbreaking for us as diehard and pretty-into-it 49ers fans – guess who is who), I was much more excited about the food – which, let’s be honest, isn’t very surprising. I had actually never made wings before, and I have to say that this recipe is far too good to save for only once a year – and you could easily switch it up with a whole chicken cut into pieces, or even skin-on chicken breasts. It also make a great addition to my lunchtime salads this week, and now I have such a leisurely walk to my office through Times Square without all of the Broncos and Seahawks fans running all over the place (not really, but a girl can dream, right?)

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