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Lentil-Sweet Red Pepper Soup with Cumin and Black Pepper

When I was a small child, I was a very picky eater. I refused to eat most vegetables, cold cheese, cold cuts, condiments, anything that smelled even faintly of vinegar, and anything saucy–other than chocolate sauce or spaghetti sauce. Perhaps the category most reviled by my young palate was soup. I found the whole wan …

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Shaved Fennel, Carrot, and Avocado Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette and Crispy Quinoa

This salad feels so clean. So fresh. It takes its inspiration from the Japanese. It’s a nice change of pace from the arugula and kale and chard and spinach I’ve been eating so much of over the last several months. I love fennel. I think some people are resistant to it because of a prejudice …

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Ginger Scallion Quinoa with Roasted Root Vegetables

I still remember the first time I had quinoa. I was in college, and I had seen Sara Moulton use it on her show on the Food Network. I was trying to eat healthier, and I was intrigued by this plant-based complete protein. I remember hunting it down, thinking it was on the expensive side …

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Triple Cream, Cheddar, and Sage Butter Grilled Cheese

What could be better than grilled cheese? It is one of the simplest most comforting meals I know.   I subsisted on grilled cheese for most of my freshman year of college (let’s not talk about how much weight I gained that year….). It’s become more of a treat food than an everyday food now …

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