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Swiss chard and potato gratin

swiss chard and potato gratin recipe
A good friend from college gave a speech at our wedding about my husband's penchant for all things that start with the letter "P."  It was something I hadn't thought of until then, but all my husband's favorites do...

white bean and kale minestrone

kale and white bean minestrone recipe
I think that sports are awesome for kids.  They're fun!  The kids get exercise, make new friends, learn about competition and trying your best, and lots of other life lessons which I am constantly repeating to my children to...

Roasted Vegetable Buddha Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing

roasted vegetable buddha bowl with lemon-tahini dressing recipe
We all have those recipes we love but don't make very often (for me it's chicken pot pie and spanakopita.)  And then there are the recipes you rely on when you don't want to think about what to...

mini potato broccoli cheese bites

roasted baby potatoes with broccoli and cheese recipe
Because I have no association with either football team in this year's Super Bowl, all I really care about is what we're going to eat!  I'm have no need to read the sports pages or listen to the experts,...

roasted fingerling potatoes with gremolata

roasted fingerling potatoes with gremolata recipe
I hope you all had a merry Christmas!  We've had such an amazing few days with my family in New York.  Christmas Eve is always such a special night and this year was no exception, with 94 of us...

Hen of the Woods Mushroom Toast

hen of the woods mushroom toast recipe
I don't eat out that much, but one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles is Gjelina in Venice.  I would probably go there more often, but getting a table at a reasonable hour is impossible!  Before my first visit...

Baked Parsnip Fries

baked parsnip fries recipe
I really, really ate too much the tail end of last week.  And it wasn't lettuce I was overeating, in case you're wondering.  The whole Thanksgiving-Hanukkah collision really did me in.  If all the pies and butter last Thursday...

delicata squash and apple salad

roasted delicata squash and apple salad recipe
Oh, I know your Thanksgiving menu is probably planned and I think that is great!  I actually had no intention of trying to convince you today, this late in the game, that you absolutely must include such and such...

crunchy parmesan cauliflower | pamela salzman

crunchy cauliflower recipe
I have been really surprised by how many people have asked about this cauliflower recipe after seeing it on my Thanksgiving menu.  I'm only surprised because it's not fancy or interesting or all that different.  And it's not...

maple mustard-roasted vegetables | pamela salzman

maple-mustard roasted vegetables recipe
This is the first year that my Thanksgiving menu has not been finalized so close to Thanksgiving.  I am not freaking out yet, but I might need an intervention.  I come up with new recipes every year for the...

black bean and pumpkin soup | pamela salzman

black bean and pumpkin soup recipe
Nothing is as comforting to me as a one-pot, hearty meal in a bowl.  I love substantial soups and stews, especially ones with beans or legumes.  I very often make soups on the weekend for lunch or for a...

butternut squash and chickpea stew | pamela salzman

butternut squash and chickpea stew recipe
I have been consistently making Monday our meatless night, although I often have another vegetarian dinner during the week as well.  This week I was excited to cook something with one of the many winter squashes I have bought...

balsamic-roasted broccoli and cherry tomatoes | pamela salzman

balsamic-roasted broccoli and cherry tomatoes recipe
I'd like to sneak in a nutritious recipe before Halloween if you'll let me.  I need to one last swan song before local tomatoes go out of season until next June.  Moment of silence.  Until then, I am enjoying...

vegan mac and cheese | pamela salzman

vegan mac and cheese recipe
If someone tried to coax me a year ago with a "vegan mac and cheese" recipe, I would have politely said, "no, thank you."  First of all, I actually don't really like mac and cheese.  Not the boxed kind...

shrimp salsa

shrimp salsa recipe
We had such a fantastic visit with my family on Long Island last week.  I know I've said this before, but I really adore East Coast summers.  The energy is just so amazing.  But I also love living in...

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spicy honey-lemon green beans recipe
If you follow me on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you've probably figured out that I am back on Long Island at my parents' house.  We picked up Daughter #1 on Saturday from her summer program...

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing | Pamela Salzman

kale salad with creamy lemon dressing (dairy-free recipe)
One of my students was joking with me a few weeks ago about who does the PR for the Kale Board, because they're doing a pretty good job!  Think about it, who was eating kale 10 years ago?  I...

baked parmesan chicken caprese | pamela salzman

baked parmesan chicken caprese recipe
I hope you all had a lovely Fourth of July and that you had a day off of work at the very least.  If there's one thing I think many of us need more of it's a little rest...

Beet Green Crisps by Pamela Salzman

beet green crisps recipe
Daughter #1 is lucky enough to be attending a great high school summer program at an East Coast university for the next 6 weeks.  My daughter, Mr. Picky, and I are currently en route to get her there and...

roasted smashed potatoes by pamela salzman

roasted smashed potatoes recipe
Everyone thinks it's so funny when I whine that I don't get invited much to peoples' houses for dinner.   There is an assumption that I'm an accomplished chef and I must have such high standards for eating therefore...

Asparagus and Artichoke Frittata via Pamela Salzman

asparagus and artichoke frittata recipe
I was talking to some ladies in one of my classes last week about their plans for Mother's Day.  It turned out to be a really funny conversation and rather interesting to hear how everyone spends the "holiday."  I...

Cilantro-Lime Rice from Pamela Salzman

cilantro-lime rice and an unexpected rice and bean burrito bowl
We all love to cook, right?  Ok, maybe some us just like to cook.  And I know that I'm the biggest cheerleader of planning your meals ahead so that dinnertime is stress free and a walk in the park....

Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins by Pamela Salzman

tex-mex stuffed sweet potato skins recipe
I know time flies when you're having fun, but these days I think it flies because everything moves at warp speed, whether you're having fun or not.  And sometimes I think it's not very fun when life happens so...

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moroccan carrot and beet salad recipe
London has been amazing!  Freezing, but amazing!  At least we were prepared with our winter outerwear for the unseasonably cold temperatures.  We have seen so much and the kids have really enjoyed it all.  After our month in Europe...

A lovely spring hors d'oeuvre!

minted sweet pea dip
In as much as I promote buying and preparing fresh produce, I really have no problem with using frozen sometimes.  Frozen vegetables are supposedly picked at their peak and frozen immediately, allowing less deterioration of nutrients.  I can’t, however,...

my favorite passover breakfast

tex-mex matzo brei recipe (migas with matzo!)
I used to look forward to Passover when I was a child even though I wasn't Jewish and was never invited to a seder.  But Pathmark and Shop Rite would carry matzo for about 2 weeks around the time...

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healthful vegan mint chip smoothie recipe
I quietly went dairy-free recently which made me a little bummed out because I love yogurt and feta and Pecorino Romano cheese.  My acupuncturist was begging me for years to break up with dairy once and for all so...

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asian slaw recipe
I love salads and have since I was a kid.  Give me a good basic vinaigrette and I will come up with the craziest salad combinations.  Whatever I have in the refrigerator or the pantry is fair game....

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slow cooker vegetarian chili with sweet potatoes (stovetop version, too!)
As I type this, my slow cooker has been on for 36 hours straight.  Is that allowed?  I am officially obsessed and I completely understand why you all have been too while I was under a little rock.  Wow!...

with a grilled cheese dipper

broccoli stalk soup recipe
This month I've been teaching a broccoli and cauliflower stir-fry in my classes.  I am using only the florets since I know the stalks aren't as popular in my house.  It's all very well and good, except for the...

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spinach pizza quesadilla recipe
When I am hungry, I am not picky.  I can find a lot of different options in my refrigerator or pantry that will do the trick.  Give me last night's roasted sweet potato or a couple dates stuffed with...

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stir-fried soba noodles with vegetables and tofu
You know what's harder than sticking to new year's resolutions?  Getting back into a normal routine after you've had a very leisurely vacation away from home.  After two weeks of no mail, no work (sort of), no carpools, and...

Creamy Millet Mash

millet-cauliflower mash recipe
Don't change that dial!  I know what's happening here.  You see the word "millet" and all of a sudden you need to go wash your hair instead of reading the rest of this post.  You think it's bird seed...

Italian Wedding Soup, hot and nourishing

italian wedding soup recipe
I love new beginnings and thankfully we have so many opportunities to start fresh.  For me, the first day of school, beginning of summer, first day of spring and of course, January 1st are all times of the year...

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raw brussels sprout salad with poppy seed dressing recipe
Good gracious, I do believe Christmas is a mere seven days away.  I should probably get started on that box of holiday cards sitting next to my desk, what do you think?  I also have a couple of gifts...

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cauliflower fritters recipe
"Wow."  That's what I said a few days ago when I woke up and it was December.  DE-CEMBER.  I've got no holiday card in the works yet.  I went to the movies on Black Friday and I worked through...

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deer valley-style turkey and black bean chili recipe
Are we having fun yet?!  Good, good.  I have been running around the house yesterday and today like a busy bee, very excited that the big day is almost here.  I'm taking a quick breather from the Thanksgiving marathon...

baked sweet potato casserole

sweet potato casserole recipe
There are a few recipes I make on Thanksgiving that I call “one-hit wonders.”  That is to say I don’t make them on any of the other 364 days in the year.   I’m no fan of stuffing, for...

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harvest chopped salad
Halloween is tomorrow, but to tell you the truth, I don’t make much of an effort to show my “spirit” with cupcakes that look like spiders or swamp slime green Jell-o.     Do my kids really need marshmallow...

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baked chipotle sweet potato fries recipe
Sweet potato fries have been quite popular in the last few years, usually being touted as a more healthful alternative to regular fries.  I can see why that is believable.  After all, sweet potatoes are much more nutrient-dense than...

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provençal goat cheese gratin recipe
If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have been wondering this week if I fell off the face of the internet.  Believe it or not, I went back to Europe!  Except this time,...

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grain-free cauliflower tabbouleh recipe
We have had some interesting discussions in my classes lately about the latest findings concerning the presence of arsenic in rice.  Arsenic is a chemical element which occurs naturally in water, air, food, and soil.  This natural form...

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roasted vegetable lasagne recipe
I feel like my universe is in a state of transition right now.  Although I'm sensing this shift in energy in lots of people, not just me.  We've transitioned from vacation to school, about to move from summer to...

Kale, Mushroom and Brown Rice Muffins!

kale, mushroom and brown rice bake recipe
Daughter #1 is my 15-year-old who used to turn her nose at her plate if food groups were touching.  So you can imagine how very satisfying it was for me when she sighed, "I could eat Kale, Mushroom and...

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farro with roasted vegetables and roasted tomato dressing recipe
We had such a nice Labor Day weekend.  I hope you did, too.  We were able to squeeze in some beach time, family time, yoga (for me) and our annual block party, which was great fun.  The combination of...

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gazpacho with avocado recipe
The kids are going back to school tomorrow, which means that my favorite season is UNofficially over.  No more lazy days and waking up late or reading for pleasure instead of for a test.  Back to making lunches at...

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wild fish in parchment with summer herbs recipe
We're baaaack!  What an amazing trip.  The five of us had an unbelievable 3 1/2 weeks together in Europe.  We shared so many great experiences, met interesting people and really grew together as a family.  People have been asking...

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grilled panzanella recipe
We are alive and well on our European holiday, although I may need a vacation after we return home!  We met our friends in Berlin a few days ago and have been having the best time.   What a cool,...

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nectarine and goat cheese salad with beet dressing recipe
If you don’t follow my Facebook posts or my tweets, you may have started to wonder if I got lost in a medieval castle somewhere between Germany and Russia.  Thankfully I didn’t, but our schedule has been so busy...

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shrimp with tomatoes, white beans and spinach recipe
Since my husband and I both have our own businesses, a big family vacation hasn't been in the picture for many years.  We never felt that we could take the time off from work or spend the money during...

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grilled mexican corn off the cob recipe
A close second to my obsession with summer tomatoes is my love for fresh locally-grown summer corn.  I think I buy it twice a week from the end of June to October.  I love corn's juicy, grassy sweetness.  I...

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fattoush recipe
Is it sweltering where you are?  I would trade places with you.  As I write this it is raining and cold where I live in Southern California.  At the beach.  I want my money back.  Daughter #1, however, is...

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eggplant caprese recipe
Ok, my kitchen is more or less back together except for a few cabinets, and I couldn't be happier.  Never mind that every other room in the house has its contents spilled out into random hallways or in the living...

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summer garden frittata recipe
While I was away last week, my husband thought it would be a great idea to refinish the cabinets in the kitchen.  No wait, we might as well do all the cabinets in the entire house, he thought to himself.  Why...

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pasta with 5-minute cherry tomato sauce
Mr. Picky and I had the most glorious week on Long Island visiting my parents.  My sisters and their kids came to be with us too, so it was quite a full house.   It kind of felt like...

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grilled broccolini with lemon-parmesan breadcrumbs recipe
Every food magazine seems to be offering an entire grilling issue this month and for good reason.  In most parts of the country, summer is "the" season for outdoor cooking and grilling is an easy and tasty way to...

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southwestern quinoa salad recipe
Have you ever read a cookbook or food blog where an unbelievable, creative recipe was put together with "odds and ends" from the pantry or produce bin?  I am always in awe of people who can do that.  Those...

Chickpea Burger with the Works

chickpea burger recipe
If I had to pick one cuisine to stick with for the rest of my life, it would be a tough a call.  But I could easily live off of Mediterranean food every day.  I love the emphasis on...

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kale pesto recipe
When I was a child, my family ate pesto all the time in the summer and early fall.  In fact, to me the smell of basil, garlic and cheese in the food processor is synonymous with warm, lazy...

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wheat berry salad with lemon-tahini dressing recipe
In a perfect world we would all be eating mostly whole foods, that is foods that came into this world a certain way and stayed that way.  Whole, unprocessed, unrefined foods are more recognizable by our bodies and better...

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thai (grass-fed) steak salad recipe (or with chicken)
Oh people.  We are on the brink of my favorite time of year.  A time of backyard barbeques, picnics at the beach, sand between my toes, fresh tomatoes and basil, peach pie, and long nights under starry skies.  Ahhhh,...

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mexican chopped salad recipe
Very often I have an idea for a recipe and it takes me a few times to get it right.  In fact, usually it takes me more than a few times!  But once in a blue moon, I try...

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green rice recipe (arroz verde)
I traditionally teach a Mexican-inspired menu during the month of April so that my students have some fun recipes to cook for their family and friends on Cinco de Mayo.  I am obsessed with Mexican food, so I really...

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gluten-free millet and shiitake pilaf recipe
I waited several years before I taught a recipe with millet in my classes.  Why?  Because I was afraid.  Afraid my (adult) students wouldn't like it.  Afraid I would turn them off to millet forever.  Afraid I would lose...

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egg-free avocado caesar salad recipe
I hope you all had a lovely Easter or Passover holiday.  Ours was so nice thanks to my mother-in-law took care of the meal and all I had to do was show up with desserts.  But now I'm ready...

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baked chicken with artichokes and capers recipe
Something tells me that you organized cooks out there are in the midst of planning your Easter and Passover menus.  Am I right?  My mom had me on the phone the other day trying to get side dish suggestions...

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spring green minestrone
I had the best day on Saturday.  Where did I go?  Nowhere!  What did I do?  Nothing!  When was the last time you said you had the best time doing nothing?  I know!  Sometimes I feel like my life...

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spinach risotto healthy recipe
I had a bad day recently and what I really wanted to do was inhale a pan of brownies, but I had just published a post about how I beat a sugar addiction and I didn't want to...

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spinach and avocado smoothie (aka “leprechaun juice”)
Are you having trouble getting your kids or significant other to eat green food?  If so, your big chance is coming up and I don't want you to miss out. Instead of looking at St. Patrick's Day as a...

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homemade marinara (tomato) sauce
Growing up in an Italian home meant never eating tomato sauce out of a jar.  Ever.  It wasn't until a 6th grade girl scout camping trip when I tasted my first spaghetti and "Ragu" and it was an experience...

Spinach, Quinoa and Feta all tossed together

spinach and quinoa salad with feta and dill (aka, spanakopita without the guilt)
I know it's still February, but I think a spring bug bit me.  The new strawberries, asparagus, sugar snap peas and artichokes were calling my name last weekend at the farmer's market and I felt myself thinking ahead to...

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ginger and honey-glazed carrots
This is always the time of year that I appreciate living in California.  Whereas the ground in my parents' New York garden is still frozen, I am pulling carrots out of mine.  Joy!  I planted a new variety this...

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chicken and avocado soup
Even though I'm a big football fan and I love a good game (especially when my team wins), when it's over, it's over.  Whether the outcome of the game is favorable or unfavorable, life goes on and so do...

A piece of enchilada casserole

roasted vegetable and black bean enchiladas verdes (and a casserole version!)
A few weeks ago, six other families and mine planned to get together for a pot luck at my friend Lana's house.  One of the families keeps kosher, so we decided to go with a fish and dairy meal....

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sesame roasted cauliflower with nori
This recipe is embarrassingly simple. It's so simple, I wasn't sure if I should even teach it in a class, let alone dedicate a whole post to it. But when I mentioned this to my students this month, they...

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stir-fried grass-fed beef and broccoli
Happy Chinese New Year! Mr. Picky is very excited to celebrate the holiday at his school today and the girls are happy that I'll be making a Chinese meal for dinner tonight. I'm fun that way! My whole family...

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creamy miso-ginger dressing
When I was at Whole Foods the other day, at I was amazed by the dozens of people cradling ingredients for the big Cleanse.  I can't imagine choosing to drink lemon juice and maple syrup mixed with cayenne pepper...

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potato and bean soup (patate e fagioli)
Who invented the idea of "Meatless Monday?"  The U.S. Food Administration did during World War I and urged families to conserve key staples to aid the war effort, but the idea was revived in 2003 by an ad...

farro and kale

farro and kale with roasted pears and turkey bacon
I hope your Christmas was merry.  We have been sharing a lovely week with my family in New York.   My mother really outdid herself and gave me Christmas day off, which was a gift unto itself.  If you...

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spinach and feta strata
You know I'm a fan of the do-ahead breakfast for busy (and early) weekday mornings.  But holidays and weekend brunches are also the perfect time to prepare a fabulous breakfast the night before.  On Christmas morning, the kids love...

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brussels sprout leaf salad recipe
I am a sucker for traditions most likely because I grew up with so many, most of which are still alive today.  In my family, Christmas Eve is the biggest night of the year.  Despite the fact that I...

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zucchini-potato latkes
So what does a nice Italian girl from New York make for her nice Jewish husband for Hanukkah?  Zucchini-potato latkes, of course!  Believe me, you don't have to celebrate Hanukkah to enjoy these little patties.  Grated potatoes mixed with...

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spaghetti squash with kale and chickpeas
Did you participate in the low-carb craze of the 90's?  If you did, you may have eaten a lot of spaghetti squash with tomato sauce trying to convince your carb-starved body that you were actually eating pasta. The body...

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mini-empanadas with mixed greens
Well, like it or not, it's officially holiday season!  Even though there's so much to love about the holidays, I just wish it didn't all happen at once.  Do you ever have that feeling?  But one thing I truly...

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rustic butternut squash soup with fennel and wild rice
One way that I have learned how to be a more confident cook is by identifying certain "formula" recipes and then just changing the ingredients around to come up with something that seems like a different recipe. One day...

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brussels sprouts with (turkey) bacon and dates
My husband and I used to go out to dinner much more than we do now.  When the kids would to go to bed at 7:00 pm, it was a lot easier to tuck them in, leave them with...

butternut squash salad with pomegranates and pumpkin seeds | pamela salzman

butternut squash salad with pomegranates and toasted pumpkin seeds
Although I love planning and cooking the whole Thanksgiving meal, a few years ago I decided I was just plain bored with the same old same old.  The problem was that no one else was.  My family and regular...

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shredded sweet potatoes and apple
Are you confused about the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?  Yep, so is my local supermarket.  In all fairness, I had to do a little research to get to the bottom of it, because I wasn't...

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basmati rice with roasted cauliflower
We are well into fall and I couldn't be more excited.  At the farmer's market the other day I was happy to see the return of some familiar faces -- winter squash, apples, pomegranates, persimmons and the entire Cruciferous...

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broccoli crunch salad recipe
Do you ever get in a rut with a particular food?  I am ever so grateful that everyone in my house likes broccoli, which is one of the most nutritious foods out there, but I get a little...

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black bean burgers with smoky red pepper sauce
Not so fast.  You see "Black Bean Burgers" and you're already making a run for it?  Well, I can't blame you if your only experience with veggie burgers are those dry, thin hockey pucks in the frozen section of...

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mixed greens with grapes, gorgonzola (or roquefort) and almonds
Did you know that grapes have a season just like every other fruit?  Right now is peak grape season in California and they're scrumptious.  In a few months, the season is over and the grapes in the supermarkets will...

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zucchini-gruyere tart
Do you remember the first cookbook you ever bought?  Not counting the Calling All Girls Party Book in second grade, I bought my first cookbook with my own money in 1987, the year I graduated from high school.  My Aunt...

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california greek salad
One of my most favorite places in the world is Greece.  I have only been there once, but since that time I have dreamt of when I would return.  Six years ago, the hubby and I took the girls...

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late summer minestrone
  Oh, I am not very good at goodbyes.  And saying farewell to summer is just inevitable now, isn't it?  My minestrone soup is one of those recipes that bridges summer and fall.  Zucchini and tomatoes are still plentiful in...

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green goddess salad
I just spent a lovely four days in Park City, Utah enjoying the clean air and the peace and quiet (outdoors, of course; indoors I have my three kids and two of their friends, so no peace and quiet...

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watermelon and tomato salad with feta and mint
This is the time of year when I am furiously trying to maximize my consumption of all things summer.  The seasonal window for some of my favorite foods is just too short, especially tomatoes.  In my classes July through...

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chicken and vegetable kabobs with chimichurri sauce
This summer has been a blur.  My husband and I have (thankfully) been working a lot and Daughter #2 was just bat mitzvahed this past weekend.  There hasn't been too much free time to experiment in the kitchen as...

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zucchini “pasta”
We're in pasta mode this week, but transitioning to zucchini mode, so I couldn't help but post a recipe which covers both.  In the low-carb craze of the 90's (although I'm not sure it's over), I was intrigued by...

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cilantro-lime slaw
  I consider myself a good eater, that is I like a wide variety of foods and I am willing to try almost anything.  But I have standards (which my husband calls being a party pooper) and if I can...

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farro with cucumber, golden beets, feta and mint vinaigrette
Someone asked Daughter #1 yesterday what her favorite dish is that I make.  She thought that was a tough question since she really does like everything I cook at home.  So she decided to narrow it down herself to...

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chopped grilled vegetable salad
When I moved from Beverly Hills to Manhattan Beach almost five years ago, one of the things that I had to adjust to was how much more casual the beach was.  Everyone here was more laid back in how...

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corn and edamame succotash
This house sure is quiet.  The girls are still in Connecticut and Mr. Picky is off at the batting cage for a little bit with his dad.  I don't think I've been alone in my house in a year....

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grilled chicken paillard with arugula and lemon vinaigrette
By now you have figured out that I promote one meal for the whole family.  I think there is a beautiful connectedness that comes from everyone sharing the same meal and sharing the same energy from that food.  In...

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white bean salad with celery and mint (and sometimes tuna)
Happy summer!  I really can't believe it's here, but I am just thrilled to bits.  Even though I still teach during the summer, I find that my schedule with the kids is a little easier and frees me up...

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quinoa tabbouleh
Father's Day is this Sunday and we are getting ready to celebrate the man of the house.  I have already begun planning my menu, which no doubt will involve some grilling since we all know that's a man's...

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kale chips
My favorite line from "Modern Family" this season was when Mitchell returns from the farmer's market and declares, "Did you hear?  Kale is the new spinach?!"  Damn right, it is.  Even though kale seems to be the new "it"...

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pantry pasta recipe
My father called me the other day.  My father never calls.  He always jumps on the phone when I'm speaking with my mother, but he is not in a habit of actually dialing my number unless there is something...

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carrot salad with avocado recipe
I really do love vegetables and I try to eat as many as possible, as often as possible.  Besides being incredibly nutrient-dense, what I most love about vegetables is how versatile they are.  You can steam, braise, roast, saute,...

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avocado, jicama and mango salad recipe
Mexico is close to Southern California, right?  They share a border for goodness sake.  Dare I say Mexico is almost local?  Well, this is convincing I do with myself during April and May.  Why? Because it's mango season in Mexico...

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fajitas recipe
You all know my seven-year-old son, Mr. Picky.  I need to re-introduce you to Daughter #2, who just announced last night that she is now a vegetarian.  That's Miss Vegetarian to you.  Hmmm.....She is the same child that asked to...

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seared wild salmon with beet, blood orange and spinach salad recipe
Don't let the fancy name fool you.  This recipe is as easy as it is beautiful and it's absolutely delicious.  All of this is in season right now -- from the wild salmon and spinach to the blood oranges and...

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asparagus salad with feta, walnuts and mint vinaigrette recipe
A great salad is part perfectly fresh and delicious ingredients and part winner dressing.  And the simpler the better.  But salad monogamy is not something I believe in.  There shouldn't be exclusivity with salad combinations and dressings.  A good vinaigrette...

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swiss chard frittata recipe
The conversation went like this:  Daughter #1, "I don't like eggs." Me, "Did you change your name to Sam-I-Am?  You do like eggs." Daughter #1, "You're not funny.  No, I don't."  Me, "You like frittatas, so you like eggs." Daughter #1, "That's different." Really?...

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spring green cleaning and sesame spinach salad recipe
Did you miss the January 1st detox craze?  While your friends downed maple syrup and cayenne pepper smoothies, were you cozying up to a bowl of chicken and vegetable stew?  How smart you are!  The winter is not the ideal...

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artichoke and spinach barley “risotto” recipe
When I invited some friends over for dinner last Friday night, it seemed like a great idea.  After I finished teaching a class and picking up the kids from school, I would have a few hours to get the house...

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minted sugar snap peas recipe
When I'm not teaching cooking classes, I volunteer as a garden educator for a non-profit organization called Growing Great.  I help students at a local elementary school maintain a beautiful organic garden as well as teach them the fundamentals...

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vegetable stock recipe
I really think it's worth the effort to make stock from scratch, not only because it's more nutritious, but because homemade just tastes so much better than the one you get from a box.  Many times you can get away with...

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cauliflower and roasted garlic soup recipe
Who wouldn't love a soup that is sophisticated enough to serve at a dinner party, but simple enough to make on a weeknight?   I know I would!  It's amazing what happens when you blend cauliflower and a few ho-hum...

chicken and vegetable curry | pamela salzman

chicken and vegetable curry recipe
Growing up in a traditional Italian home, I learned very little about food that wasn't Italian.  I could tell you the names of about 80 different shapes of pasta (you could, too if you ate it four times per...

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braised greens and beans (collards and cannellinis) recipe
Could you pick collard greens out of line-up?  It's not an easy thing to do considering how many varieties of leafy greens are available.  The bigger question is, have you ever picked up collard greens at all?? I avoided collard greens...

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vegetable fried rice recipe
When parents struggle with "what to make for dinner," one tip I like to offer is to find a dish that everyone likes to eat when you go out, and try to make it at home.  Fried rice, however, is...

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asian noodle salad recipe
I really don't think anyone needs another way to get pasta into his or her diet, or peanut butter for that matter, but I can't help myself here.  I taught this Asian noodle salad in a class last year and...

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raw kale salad with citrus dressing recipe
The first time I ever made kale in a class, one student said ,"I'm afraid of kale.  I don't know what to do with it."  In each subsequent class that month, there would be someone else who said the...

vegetable chili (vegan) | pamela salzman

vegetable chili recipe
We are a football-watching family.  On any given Sunday during the season, we are hunkered down for a good part of the day at home with the likely chance of random family and friends dropping by.  I like to...

fennel and green apple salad | pamela salzman

fennel and green apple salad recipe
I just adore fennel and its hint of licorice (that's the black kind, not the red).  When I was a child, after a big Sunday dinner, my Aunt Maria would pass around a platter a raw fennel wedges along...

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sauteed swiss chard with dried apricots and pine nuts recipe
Swiss Chard is one of the most nutritious greens you can find year-round.  It is related to beets – in fact, beet greens taste very similar to Swiss chard.  Do eat your dark green leafy vegetables regularly as they are among...

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how to make fresh pumpkin purée recipe
Few things say Fall like the pumpkin, along with all the delicious things that you can make with one.  Every year I stock up on multiples cans of pumpkin puree for muffins, pancakes, oatmeal and, of course, pie.  But...