Category Archives: Main Dish

Delancey’s Clam Pizza

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Delancey is a pizza restaurant in Seattle owned by Brandon Petit and his wife, food blogger and book writer, Molly Wizenberg. Back in 2010, before I had even contemplated starting a food blog, my book group read Molly Wizenberg’s A … Continue reading

Ground Meat Kebabs with Fresh Herbs

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In February 2010, Marvin and I took a Valentine’s trip to Southern Spain and Morocco. Our main objective was the Festival de Jarez – a month-long celebration of all things flamenco in the Andalusian town,  Jarez de la Frontera.  We … Continue reading

Palak Paneer

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Palak Paneer is an Indian spinach curry made with soft, unripened farmer’s cheese. I ordered palak paneer at Indian restaurants for many years thinking I was eating tofu. (If you are avoiding dairy, tofu can easily be substituted in this … Continue reading

Chicken in a Basket

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Today I want to share a special comfort food recipe with you. Chicken in a Basket. Chicken in a Basket was served at Kappa Alpha Theta on the final day of sorority rush  at WSU back in the 1980’s. Very … Continue reading

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Spicy Pork & Sweet Potato Stew

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Happy Sunday evening to you! What’s for dinner at your house tonight? We’ll be eating this… an easy-to-make, Spicy Pork & Sweet Potato Stew. Savory, tender pork, chunks of sweet potato and flavorful hominy in a spicy, smokey broth. Give … Continue reading

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Kale Pesto Pizza with Roasted Beets & Hazelnuts

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 I just really love the combination of these flavors. Every bite of this savory pizza bursts with complexity. At first it’s all whole-wheat and pesto, but pretty soon the sweetness of the roasted beets kicks in, and those crunchy, toasty hazelnuts … Continue reading

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Raw Zucchini Noodle “Pad Thai”

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Happy zucchini season! My friend, Dave, is harvesting a bumper crop this year and if I didn’t know any better I’d swear he’s been feeding his plants steroids or growing some kind of crazy GMO zucchini. Take a look for … Continue reading

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Lyn’s Pork Adobo

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  Lyn made a bunch of yummy Filipino dishes for us last week and the first one I want to share with you is Pork Adobo. Like curry in India, there are countless recipes for adobo in the Philippines and families … Continue reading

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Chilled Somen Noodles with Grilled Salmon

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Ice-cold somen noodles are a traditional hot-weather Japanese dish. Usually they are served with a dipping sauce on the side. Grab some noodles with your chopsticks, dip, and eat. Delicious, but messy. I love eating cold somen noodles, but I … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting Picnic – Pizza Rustica

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One of our favorite things to do in the summer/fall is to go wine tasting. We are really lucky to have so many wonderful tasting rooms right here in town, but sometimes it’s fun to pack up a picnic and … Continue reading

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Chinese Orange Chicken

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I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you for months, and now I am finally getting around to it. Sorry it took so long! My niece, Emily, who is 12 and loves to cook, got a wonderful cookbook, Easy Chinese … Continue reading

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A Great Steak & Grilling Tips for Success.

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Last weekend, Joy, Toby, Marvin & I sat down to a fantastic Steakhouse Dinner at Home. We feasted on all of our steakhouse favorites like creamed spinach, crab cakes, and steakhouse corn – but the real star of the the … Continue reading

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Japanese Fried Chicken (kara-age)

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May is Guest Chef month at A Passionate Plate! Today’s recipe comes from my sister, Beth! For the last 20 years or so, Beth has lived in Japan. First in Tokyo, and now in her husband’s home town, Susono. Over … Continue reading

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Saffron Tagliatelle with Spiced Butter

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May is Guest Chef Month at A Passionate Plate! Today’s post and recipe are from our friend and frequent book group host, Lisa. She is a busy mom, but she always seems to WOW! us with her simple and tasty … Continue reading

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Red Lentil Dal + Video

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A couple of months ago Marvin and I took an incredible trip to South India. I’ve been lucky to travel to some very interesting places in the last few years, but South India was, for me, just simply over the … Continue reading

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Mexican Chicken Chop Salad

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Inspiration can come from anywhere. On a recent trip to our West Seattle Trader Joe’s, I discovered an incredibly delicious reduced-fat Cilantro Dressing in the refrigerator section. Just one taste of this creamy, garlicky, cilantro-filled sauce had me thinking about … Continue reading

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Pasta with Anchovies, Capers & Black Olives

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May is Guest Chef Month on A Passionate Plate! Today’s Guest Chef is my friend, Milton Pierce. Milton and I met about 10 years ago at a trade show. Since Milton lives in Virginia and I live in Seattle, we … Continue reading

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Yogurt Chicken Skewers

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May is Guest Chef Month at A Passionate Plate! Today’s post and recipe are from our good, foodie friend, Margretta. She is a lovely hostess, great writer and fantastic cook. Margretta makes everyone who enters her home feel comfortable and … Continue reading

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Penne Pasta alla Vodka

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May is Guest Chef Month on A Passionate Plate. Today’s Guest Chef is Michelle (Barberio) Hyde: proud Italian-American girl/past neighbor and close friend of Joy’s. Together we have enJOYed many great meals, including one special girls’ night when the two … Continue reading

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Chile Lime Pork with Carrot-Lime Escabeche

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Have you ever participated in a recipe exchange? They are a lot like the chain letters we used to try to avoid in the 80’s (and probably long before that!). With the advent of e-mail came the “send this to … Continue reading

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Grilled Halibut Tacos

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We’re getting a few days of sunshine this week with temperatures above 50 degrees! Time to get outdoors, soak in some much needed vitamin D and fire up the grill. My friend, Lori, invited me over yesterday to help cook … Continue reading

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Kale & Artichoke Strudel

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While my vegetable garden is just barely getting started (peas, radishes and carrots up, but not much else) my neighbors, Snowe and Nancy, are already harvesting a bounty of greens. A few days ago we were the lucky recipients of … Continue reading

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Grilled Salmon and Quinoa Salad

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One of our favorite things to do on winter weekends is to get together with our friends, Rob and Cathy, and drive up to the Cascade Mountains to let our doggies, Charley and Sadie, run and play in the snow. … Continue reading

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Mushroom Pot Pies with Parker House Crust

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This post has been in-the-works for several weeks now. I was immediately inspired when I first read Chef Michael White’s recipe for these vegetarian pot pies in Food and Wine magazine. You see, I usually cook dinner for our friends, … Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Korean Beef

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I’m pretty sure I’ve told you that I was born in Korea – right? And, I can make Bulgogi to prove it So, you can imagine that as I scroll through my favorite foodie blogs from day-to-day, I’m very attracted … Continue reading

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Creamy Baked Orzo

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Are you fan of breakfast casseroles? Well then, I’ve got a treat for you today. Bonus: it would also be lovely served with a salad for brunch, lunch OR dinner. Basically, it’s delicious any time of day. Typical breakfast casseroles, … Continue reading

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Lamb Shepard’s Pie

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St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away. Usually I make corned beef and cabbage to celebrate – it’s kind of a family tradition and I’d always assumed we ate corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day because … Continue reading

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Easy-Peasy Weeknight Baked Ziti

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Yesterday, the weather here in Seattle looked like anything but Spring. It was a brisk 43°F and the rain was blowing sideways for most of the day. It’s days like yesterday that make me grateful that I’m not a mailman, … Continue reading

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Salmon Sashimi with Ginger and Hot Sesame Oil

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Oh, Boy! Have I got a luscious treat for you today. Now, before I get into it, I want you to keep an open mind. I did, and I’m soooooo happy about it. I read just a little tidbit about … Continue reading

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Pennette with Cauliflower Ragu

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I crave macaroni and cheese. Occasionally I succumb to a box of Kraft (so good in a bad way)  and sometimes I make macaroni and cheese from scratch. But most of the time … Continue reading

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Brisket with Tzimmes & A Love Story

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Marvin is such a romantic. And a great story-teller. Anyone who has ever shared a bottle of wine with my husband knows what I am talking about. For the rest of you, just take my word on this one. One … Continue reading

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Clams with Chorizo

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If you’ve been reading A Passionate Plate for a while, you’ve probably noticed that my husband, Marvin, and I don’t always crave the same food. I tend to be a little more “whole wheat” while Marv tends to be a … Continue reading

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Shakshuka – שקשוקה شكشوكة

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Thanks to fellow Seattle food blogger, Sarah Randall over at Cook Can Read, I discovered a new recipe yesterday. Shakshuka. Sarah’s post about one of her favorite weeknight dinners was so enticing I just had to try it myself. If … Continue reading

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Apple Cider Pulled Pork

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Last Thursday I received a box of apples from our friends at Stemilt Fruit Company in Wenatchee (thanks, Brianna!!). These were no ordinary apples, but a beautiful new variety called Piñata. A cross between Golden Delicious and two heirloom varieties, … Continue reading

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Korean Style Beef Wraps

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Hello and Happy New Year, everyone! Yesterday I said goodbye to my sister and my two beautiful nieces… time for them to head back to Japan after our two weeks of holiday fun. And, time for me to get back … Continue reading

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Easy Beef Bourguignon

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Beef Bourguignon is a classic French dish and, like many French dishes, it’s got a great name. Beef Bourguignon sounds so much more elegant than beef stew. But, honestly, Beef Bourguignon is a stew – an absolutely delicious one, made … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooker Weeknight Chili

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People often ask me how Mary and I work together. “Do you have meetings to plan your posts? Do you have everything on a shared calendar? Do you get along?” The answer to all of those is “YES!”. Listen. We’re … Continue reading

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Easy Chicken Marsala

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We had some friends over on Saturday and I wanted to make something really delicious that wasn’t too complicated or labor intensive. My menu: Chicken Marsala served with a side of cavatappi pasta tossed with pesto, hazelnuts & gorgonzola, and … Continue reading

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Curry Turkey Salad Sliders

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Happy post-Thanksgiving eating, everyone. Yes, it’s time  for leftovers and a trip to the gym. But first a HUGE congratulations to WSU for wining the Apple Cup yesterday. After 8 straight loses, the season ended on a positive note and … Continue reading

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Thai Steak Salad

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This salad recipe is for my friend, Travis. A few weeks ago, Travis spent the night at our house. We sat around in the evening drinking wine and talking, and, as often happens in  conversations with me, the subject turned … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Thai Curry

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All week long I’ve been asking Marvin, “Hey, what do you think about trying some butternut squash curry?” and all week long he’s been turning me down. Vegetarian can be a hard sell in this house. What have we been … Continue reading

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Orecchiette with Turkey Sausage & Kale

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Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed this month? Maybe the kids are back to school with activities galore and the entire family is going in 100 directions at once. Or, maybe like me, your work schedule has gotten crazy and … Continue reading

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Grilled Black Cod with Cherry Tomato Salsa

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Time and time, again, I learn the lesson that the BEST meals come from the best SEASONAL ingredients. And not only does this philosophy result in a lovely meal, but it is typically quicker and healthier since it does not … Continue reading

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Grilled Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts & Feta

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Joy and I are sharing some of our favorite quick-and-easy dinner ideas this month. Grilled Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts & Feta recipe is definitely one of my favorite easy weeknight dinners – especially when ripe, local peaches are available. Like … Continue reading

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Steak Tacos with Pico de Gallo

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It’s here! That time of year where we all get back to a schedule. The days get a little more hectic and we find ourselves realizing that planning ahead and getting organized is the key to sanity. Isn’t it funny … Continue reading

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Zucchini Boats

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This idea has been around for a long time. My sister-in-law, Natalie, remembers a summer when her mom made zucchini boats for weeks-on-end to stretch a tight budget. (I don’t think Natalie will be making this recipe. Apparently she’s eaten … Continue reading

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BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

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I think I’ve mentioned that I’m not a huge fan of left-overs? I just find it boring to eat the same thing over and over, again. But, I’m also not a fan of wasting perfectly good food. Since I’m often … Continue reading

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Corn Dog Bites

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A couple of my favorite kids came over for lunch yesterday. Natalie and Kiki were in town for their Irish Step Dance Camp (they recently danced at the Miss Washington pageant), and Justin was along for the ride (and lunch!). … Continue reading

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Roasted Tomato Galette

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Are you looking for a new way to eat your greens? Is your garden bursting with fresh herbs? Are the tomatoes at the local farmer’s market calling your name? Then it’s definitely time to try this Roasted Tomato Galette. Oven-roasted … Continue reading

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Thai Grilled Chicken

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I have ALWAYS dreamed of becoming an astronaut! Just one year after I was born, Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon. A few years later, I watched from the beach as … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls +Video

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Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls are one of my favorite summer foods. Paper-thin wrappers hold tidy bundles of fresh vegetables, herbs, rice noodles, tofu and shrimp. Add a little nuoc cham and peanut sauce, and Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls are the … Continue reading

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“Chicago-style” Hot Dogs

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“Hat dawg, please, and drag it thru da garden!”  Now that’s how you order a “Chicago-style” hot dog in the Windy City.  I grew up there, and this is my favorite way to celebrate the Fourth of July.  I have … Continue reading

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Pasta Primavera Verde

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              I recently hired a “color consultant” to help Marvin and me settle a disagreement. We’d been living with a bright red Merlot wall in our living room for many years and I thought it … Continue reading

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Rice Vermicelli Salad with Spicy Korean Grilled Pork

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Remember that Spicy Korean Grilled Pork from last week?  Well, look what happened to the left-overs!  This Rice Vermicelli Salad with Spicy Korean Grilled Pork is light and refreshing, yet satisfying with the addition of the pork.  Let me just … Continue reading

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Mini Lasagna Cups

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Aren’t these Mini Lasagna Cups adorable? If you don’t think so, then this recipe just isn’t for you… but for the rest of us, here is a fast and super easy way to make individual lasagnas that are fun to eat … Continue reading

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Spicy Korean Grilled Pork

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“I was born in Seoul, Korea!” I happily exclaimed to the man behind the counter.  I was enjoying an authentic beef Bulgogi and thought I’d try to impress the owner of this restaurant.  I went on to impress (not!) by … Continue reading

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Cod in Coconut-Tomato Curry Sauce

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Last night I made a really delicious Cod in Coconut-Tomato Curry Sauce. Not quite Thai, not quite Indian… it was really more of a what’s in my cupboard tonight kind of thing, which has always been my favorite way to … Continue reading

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Caramelized Onion Burger Stuffed with Blue Cheese

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My new favorite creation is this Caramelized Onion Burger stuffed with Blue Cheese. Yes, the Arugula, Edamame & Fennel Salad I made earlier this week was pretty delicious, but this burger was just crazy good. I wanted to make stuffed … Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Halibut with Caper-Basil Sauce

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My wonderful friend, Mary Jordan, first served this halibut recipe to our book group about 15 years ago. I remember calling her up right after to get a copy of the recipe, and I still have it – scribbled on … Continue reading

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Asparagus Pancetta Tart

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As many of you know, I love easy recipes that look amazing and taste complex. This Asparagus Pancetta Tart is just that. So good in every way. (And the perfect antidote to my 2-hour fava bean salad earlier this week.) … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Chicken

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I’ve finally found it!  The PERFECT, EASY WEEKNIGHT DINNER recipe that makes everyone (especially my 6 and 8 year old nieces) happy.  It seems to have made it to our table at least four or five times in the past … Continue reading

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Pastitcio

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The Greek version of baked meat pasta with béchamel sauce is called Pastitcio. That’s a fun word to say. Come on, channel your inner Greek and say it. Pas-teet-see-o! I must admit that until last night I had never made (or eaten) … Continue reading

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White Wine Spaghetti

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  Hey!  Waddaya do when you find the perfect item on the menu at a restaurant, but it has anchovies in it?!  Ask the server if it can be made without anchovies and make her go talk to the chef … Continue reading

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Asian Lettuce Cups

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Asian Lettuce Cups are low-carb, healthy, delicious and virtually gluten-free. Serve these as a light lunch, a starter course, or a low-calorie dinner. Asian Lettuce Cups Recipe Type: Starter or Main Dish Author: A Passionate Plate Serves: 4 Low carb, … Continue reading

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Guinness Marinated Flank Steak

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Guinness Marinated Flank Steak #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe Type: Main Dish, Meat Author: A Passionate Plate Ingredients 2 lb. flank steak, trimmed of excess fat 14.5 oz. bottle of Guinness beer 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced … Continue reading

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Easy Tagine-Style Lamb Stew

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If I owned a restaurant, this would be on the menu. And, I would tell you to order it. Why? Because Easy Tagine-Style Lamb Stew is the most delicious lamb stew I have ever made.  Bite sized pieces of lamb … Continue reading

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Chicken Picadillo with Quick Pickled Carrots and Jalapenos

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Last night was The Amazing Race night!  Our friends, Rob and Cathy, join us every Sunday night to cheer on our favorite couples, and jeer at the ones that production obviously doesn’t want to let go because they make for … Continue reading

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Juicy Pork Dumplings

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JOY: The Juicy Pork Dumplings at Din Tai Fung are little bites of heaven. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could figure out how to make them ourselves? MARY: Seriously? I don’t know… wouldn’t it be easier to just go … Continue reading

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Salad Nicoise

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It’s cold outside. I should be craving something warm and thick, like chowder or stew or curry. But I’m not. I’m hungry for summer. Ripe tomatoes, baby new potatoes and green beans. Tuna, olive oil, anchovies, hard cooked eggs and olives. … Continue reading

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Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Bake

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Let me just get a few things out of the way… This is not an authentic enchilada recipe. It is not a spicy dish. It is not the right thing to serve at a fancy dinner party. It requires no … Continue reading

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Penne with Ham, Onion & Green Peas

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I have been craving pasta in the worst way this week! What is it about February?? It started on Sunday when I made a big pot of spaghetti with marinara and Italian sausage. We had friends over for dinner and … Continue reading

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(Heart-shaped) Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

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My mom taught me that showing LOVE through food doesn’t have to be time-consuming and complicated.  My nieces were SO excited when I picked them up from school and informed them that we were going to have Grilled Cheese and … Continue reading

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Salty, Sweet, Sticky Wings

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Happy Super Bowl XLVI Weekend!  To be honest, I really don’t care that much about the game, but I LOVE the commercials and the excuse to eat “snack-y” food while wearing my “snack-y” pants. It’s a pretty good reason to … Continue reading

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Easy Asian Noodle Salad

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Are you looking for an easy, healthy lunch idea you can pack up and take to work? Or a simple dinner you can pull out of the fridge when you get home after a busy day? Here is an idea … Continue reading

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Steph’s Baked Tofu

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West Seattle is a great place to live… we’ve got views, water, parks, beaches, a casual neighborhood vibe, and several really amazing grocery stores, including PCC Natural Market. PCC is the kind of place where you want to shop in your yoga pants without … Continue reading

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