Red endive salad with chili vinaigrette

We entered the grocery store for staples: bread, cheese, eggs. The plan was get in get out.

Then I spotted the shelled peas which unleashed a desire for Spring vegetables, and I stuffed the basket with the peas, pretty red endive, a bunch of ruby red radishes, a zucchini, a couple heavy glossy lemons, and a wedge of Parmesan.

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A new favourite way to eat ramen

I kinda grew up on ramen noodles. At some point my mom started putting a whole head of broccoli and its stem into the water as it came to a boil, which made the dish both tastier and (more?) nutritious. A few years ago a friend turned me onto adding an egg during the final minute of boiling, adding some protein to make it a complete meal.

Oh, hello sexy bowl

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Garbanzo Beans

Whether you call them garbanzo beans or chickpeas, these tasty little legumes are among the best ingredients to keep on hand for fast weeknight meals or those times when you just don’t feel like cooking. Not that I really need to tell you that.

And since curries made from canned tomatoes and canned garbanzo beans get old pretty fast (at least to me they do), I thought I’d share two of my favorite pilfered and adapted recipes. Both are great for leftovers.
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I just love almost every recipe I’ve tried from this website.  Yesterday, on the email list, she sent a recipe for coconut red lentil soup.  I made it for dinner last night and it was EXCELLENT! So, I thought I’d share it with you…

Photo and recipe from Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks

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Mario Batali’s Whole Grain Rigatoni with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower and Pecorino

I tried this recipe last week and it is absolutely delicious! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Mario Batali’s Whole Grain Rigatoni with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower and Pecorino

4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
6 mint leaves
½ tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 5-in. head of cauliflower, about 1 to 1¼ lbs.
1-lb. rigatoni pasta
½ cup grated pecorino cheese
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
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