Soba Noodle and Shrimp Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing

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I craved something drastically different and less corned than the multiple Irish feasts I ate this past weekend. I needed something or someone to drag me out from my salt cave. And this was it. Shrimp. Soba noodles. Peanut butter. Ginger. Lime. Love. Served warm, served cold–it offers so much flavor. It’s rich and peanut…

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10 Minute Lighter Alfredo Sauce

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  This sauce was born from a near-empty, vast wasteland of a fridge. Doesn’t that just sound terribly romantic?     Scanning my dinner options, I found: a stick of butter, a crown of broccoli, half of a half gallon of milk, a wedge of Parmesan…and more variations of mustards than I felt comfortable staring…

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Minted Orzo Salad with Chickpeas and Feta

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This easy orzo salad is one of my all-time favorite side dishes and it’s also one of my most-requested. It requires such minimal effort, but the results are seriously impressive. The mint and feta surprise you and make each bite interesting. You’ll love the way they pair with the bright lemon vinaigrette. Next time you want…

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Easy No Cook Thai Peanut Sauce

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I love peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter and milk sweet from coconuts and toasted sesame oil and oh- the saltiness of saucy soy. But I love ‘easy,’ and I mean easy, heaps and gobs more.   I love breezy and quick and things that rhyme with simple. (I can only think of pimple and dimple…tell…

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Pappardelle with Ricotta, Mint, Lemon, and Fresh Peas

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You know me well by now. Pappardelle with ricotta, mint, lemon zest, and fresh peas doesn’t often seat herself at my dinner table. I mean, I adore that eggy silkiness that only fresh pasta has. The velvet of whole milk ricotta. The way garlic tans golden within seconds of bubbling in olive oil. My favorite…

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Petite Lasagnas: Take 2

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I’m revisiting my most popular post of all time: Petite Lasagnas. They caught fire in November 2010 and even now, six months later, I still hear from readers who love them. I say we celebrate those lasagna onesies with a throwback post. Shall we? ……………… One morning, years ago, as I was driving my youngest…

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Gooey Three Cheese Lasagna

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I am a love bug. Daniel cringes at the amount of affection I’d like to pour over him. [Yet again] I blame my mother. She loved me too much. Two days ago I was out for drinks and appetizers with my dearest friends and their 9 month old baby girl, and a very unfortunate series…

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Light and Healthy Vegetarian Lo Mein

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Chinese food was maybe the hardest of cuisines to reintroduce to my life after losing weight. During that year of losing 135 lbs, I eschewed General Gao, anything Kung Pao, and even my beloved crab rangoon. I learned quickly, through CalorieKing and browsing recipes, that there was no easy way to budget calories, or Weight…

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Three Cheese Baked Ziti

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  You should know that I love Oprah. Love Oprah. Love Oprah. Love Oprah. And also, I love Oprah. Winfrey, for those of you who weren’t sure. I know that I’m not alone. I get that in a hierarchical sense, she’s throned somewhere between Jesus, Santa, and the first person to finesse cocoa beans into…

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