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Black Bean Polenta Bowl

Polenta is simply ground corn which can be cooked in a number of ways. Boiling dry polenta gives you a delicious and creamy porridge - aka, grits. (For more on grits, check out my post on Shrimp and Grits, with a little history of my beloved corn buds). Likewise, polenta is also sold precooked, refrigerated […]

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5 Nutritious and Quenching Summer Salads

The warm (and often humid) summer weather begs for fresh juicy fruits thrown into salads. It’s a great way to boost the nutrients in your salad, add a serving of fruit to your day and quench your summer driven thirst. Spinach and crisp red cabbage topped with juicy orange slices, red onion, sunflower seeds and […]

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A True Garden Salad

One of the great things about staying with Gill and Jorge in Aranjuez is the availability of the awesome organic veg! Gill has experimented in the garden and created a “salad bed” - a garden bed dedicated to salad stuff. A variety of different lettuces, herbs and edible flowers. It’s so nice to go out back and […]

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Farro Likes to Party

With other vegetables, that is. This time, my farro meshed quite well with some asparagus, mushrooms and peas. It also enjoyed being surrounded by a scarf of raw mustard greens, and being lightly sprinkled with some freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Interesting tid-bits about this dish: Mustard greens paired with peas create a complete protein (didn’t learn that […]

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Salad Nicoise

Pronounced “knee-swah”, this French salad is not your typical light fare. Salad Nicoise is a mixture of tomatoes, green beans, onions, olives, tuna, hard boiled egg and potatoes tossed in a vinaigrette and placed over salad greens. The potatoes, tuna and hard boiled egg give this salad a nice heartiness. Paired with a little homemade rosemary focaccia and you’ve […]

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Good Ole Shrimp and Grits

Grits are a nice comfort food. Growing up I had grits for breakfast fairly often, and when I have them now, I’m reminded of the comforts from my childhood. Being from Pennsylvania, however, my mom wouldn’t touch grits with a 10 foot poll. As we know, grits are most certainly not a favorite among northerners. […]

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