Roasted Garlic + Broccoli Pita

 

 

I like so many different things in life; I like to have tea on my terrace while the birds are singing and the people on the streets are yelling.  I like to find a spot in yoga class which is far enough away from the smelly man who says his “om” with a bear-like grunt.

 

 

 

 

However, the things I like most of all is to make meaty tasting meals, without the actual meat and to stretch a little bit of meat with other hearty, smoky flavors.

 

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Cauliflower Alfredo

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Pureeing cauliflower is one of my favorite ways to twist this veggie into something totally new. And this alfredo uses the puree to create an amazing lite pasta that is perfect for this time of year when your clothes go from sweaters that are an inch thick to a dress you could fit in your fist.

 

 

 

 

Most days I wake up and try to do yoga or some other form of working out. It’s an important, although at times annoying, part of my day.  

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Buffalo Shrimp Rolls

 

 

I love anything with Buffalo sauce on it.  One time Buffalo sauce landed on my phone and I seriously considered eating it.

 

 

 

 

Since I am from Buffalo you would think that this love affair started back when I was growing up, eating some of the best wings in the world. However, in actuality I didn’t even eat a chicken wing until many years later after I left those Buffalo winters behind.

 

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Brussels Sprouts + Wild Rice Salad with Sliced Pork

 

I’m a huge cabbage fan...I’m also a huge Buffalo Bills fan, but for now let’s just focus on the cabbage. There is no need to get into a heated football debate until at least August.

 

 

 

 

Once you start looking at cabbage as more than just a main ingredient in sauerkraut or coleslaw, you will start to see how versatile it can really be.

 

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Bunnies in Blankets

 

 

Bunnies are adorable, they are soft, their ears are far too big for their little heads, and they hop! Let’s face it, they are cute; that is as long as we are talking about a small furry animal and not the random guy hopping up and down behind me on the street. He’s not cute, he’s just creepy.

 

 

 

 

I tend to make the appetizers for Easter dinner and leave the heavy lifting for my father in-law. It’s hard to help him as I barley have a free hand (no, I cannot put the Sauvignon Blanc down. And what about my other hand?  Well, it’s usually helping me taste test the cheese, a very important job).

 

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Chard Sandwich with Sundried Tomato Smear

 

 

I recently found myself in Kentucky with my good friend Damaris Phillips. To go along with the bourbon that you know is always on her table, she made me a sandwich with her signature tomato aioli.

 

 

  

 

 

Back home in NYC I found myself seriously craving her aioli, I needed more (but not more bourbon, I’m done with bourbon for a while). It was so rich, so meaty and so deep in flavor that I would not be forgetting it anytime soon.

 

 

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