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Entries from November 2009

Thanksgiving Countdown: Appetizer, Cranberries, Sides & Dessert

November 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Hopefully you’ve already ordered your local, free-range, and/or Heritage-breed turkey, but now what? My strategy for cooking Thanksgiving dinner with a toddler underfoot is to prepare one simple but impressive appetizer. My favorite cranberry baked brie is sure to get your family and guests oohing and aahing while they wait for dinner, just in case [...]

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Tags: holiday

Pear Ricotta Sausage Pizza (and Curious Chef product review)

November 10th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I’ve written a lot about apples this fall, but I’d be remiss not to mention that other star of late autumn fruit stands: the pear. From crisp Asian pears, perfect for salads, to sweet Bartlett pears, poached for dessert, and the boy’s favorite, toddler-hand-sized Seckels, we’d be hard pressed to take sides in a pear-apple [...]

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Tags: at market · cheese · cooking with kids · dairy · foodietots reviews · recipes · weeknight meals

Meatless Monday Meal Planning

November 9th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The nice thing about Meatless Monday falling on a Monday is that it’s good incentive to eat something lighter after the heavy foods typically eaten on a weekend. Particularly a weekend such as ours, with two toddler birthday parties = pizza for lunch and dinner and way too much birthday cake. In the summer I [...]

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Tags: meatless monday · recipes

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Order Your Local Turkey Today!

November 4th, 2009 · 4 Comments

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, it’s time to pre-order your local turkey! If you read a lot of food magazines (or blogs) to prepare for your Thanksgiving feast, you’ve probably seen a lot of talk about brining the turkey in recent years. Soaking the bird in a saltwater is supposed to add succulence [...]

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Tags: Know Your Food · NoVA Locavore · eatLocalDC · fresh from the... · holiday · organic · sustainable family supper

Meatless Monday: Creamy Lima Beans

November 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

I can’t say I have a particular affinity for lima beans, but I’ve never feared them the way so many people (my mother included) do. Call it more a casual indifference. But when I saw the pretty little pale-green beans, pre-shelled, in a basket at Alexandria’s West End market recently, I couldn’t resist. This simple [...]

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Tags: beans · meatless monday · vegetables · vegetarian · weeknight meals