Fresh chickpea (or edamame) guacamole.

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Have you ever spotted fresh garbanzo beans in your grocery or food shop? They’re amazing: bright and green and full of flavor, funny wrinkly little beans tucked into puffy green shells. When I spotted fresh garbanzos at Madison’s at Findlay … Continue reading

Baby kale caesar salad.

baby kale caesar salad recipe | writes4food.com

When I spotted a bin full of beautiful purple and green baby kale at the farmers’ market recently, the farmer and I agreed it would make a terrific caesar salad. And it did. Of course, you could use the traditional romaine lettuce, or do a mix of baby lettuces and salad greens like arugula. Don’t be afraid of the anchovy or raw egg — both are essential to caesar dressing. Give this a try while greens are still in their adorable baby stage. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Orzo salad with spring vegetables and herbs.

Spring orzo salad recipe

Of all the recipes in my “Findlay Market Cookbook,” a simple pasta salad is the one I’ve made most often. It starts with orzo (cooked in vegetable stock for flavor), and has the perfect simple dressing and tons of vegetables. What I love most is that it’s so adaptable; here, I’ve swapped vegetables and herbs from the original recipe to make a perfectly seasonal spring pasta salad. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Easy overnight steel-cut oatmeal.

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Even as the weather turns warmer, I’m not ready to give up oatmeal for breakfast just yet. Steel cut oats are the tastiest, but who has that kind of time in the morning to wait 20-30 minutes for your breakfast to cook? This overnight technique is the best way to cook oatmeal! Get the recipe … Continue reading

Beautiful roast chicken salad in a jar.

chicken salad with pecan dressing recipe

This recipe is an old favorite, clipped from a Williams-Sonoma catalog a bajillion years ago. We’ve made it for dinner a number of times, and then I hacked it as a salad-in-a-jar, which is perfectly lunch-able. The roast chicken and tart apple play beautifully with the spicy pecan dressing. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Heavenly pecan pound cake.

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Ohmygoodnessohmygoodness! This pound cake, laden with toasted pecans, is just about perfect. Not too hard to make, either. Be sure to use really good, ginormous Georgia pecans here. The cake is great for breakfast or snacking, and it freezes beautifully (good thing, ’cause it makes a ton). Get the recipe! Continue reading

Beautiful winter panzanella salad.

winter panzanella salad recipe

Typically, panzanella is a summertime salad of toasted bread, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives. But here’s a perfectly wintery spin on this Italian favorite, with hearty multigrain bread, roasted butternut squash, walnuts and a kiss of sherry vinaigrette. Perfect with roast chicken or grilled pork. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Garbage pail cookies.

Garbage pail cookie recipe

We interrupt our usual programming to bring you a recipe that is not good for you, most decidedly not. These oversized Garbage Pail Cookies are stuffed with stuff: chocolate chips, pretzel bits, peanut butter pieces, butterscotch chips. Use this cookie recipe as a guide and add your own favorite mix-ins. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Make your own party snack mix.

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It’s Super Bowl Week, which means I’m heading to the grocery to stock up on ingredients for my very favorite homemade snack mix. C’mon, people: Forget the bagged stuff. This better DIY version lets you include whatever salty snacks you want, with an easy garlicky, salty, buttery seasoning. Get the recipe! Continue reading