Winter caprese salad with beets and chard pesto.

Caprese salad? In winter? Usually, it’s a nonstarter to order a caprese, that traditional salad of perfectly ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, at any time but the height of summer. But yeah, winter caprese salad: this one with roasted beets, moss and chard pesto. It totally works! Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Golden spiced lentil soup.

Need something warming, happy and delicious for lunch? This Golden Spiced Lentil Soup recipe fills the bill. Quick-cooking red lentils and a handful of aromatic vegetables make this come together with practically no effort, and turmeric and cumin give it tons of warmly spiced flavor. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Buttery root vegetable mash.

Winter squash and root vegetables are abundant in local farmers’ markets even during cold months. (Not like we’re exactly having typically cold winter weather right now.) Sauté these babies in lots of butter, simmer them in vegetable stock and fork them into a chunky mash that’s perfect as a side to grilled steak or roast chicken. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Blood orange French yogurt cake.

With a blush of glaze and a bright golden interior, this not-too-sweet Blood Orange French Yogurt Cake recipe has a ton going for it. Make it now, while blood oranges are available, and bookmark the recipe to make with other citrus in season. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Broken noodle bowl with broccoli peanut pesto.

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It’s always fun when I make up a recipe from scratch and idea translates from my head to the plate more deliciously than I imagined. Like this recipe for Broken Noodles with Broccoli-Peanut Pesto. Because I’m craving healthy lunches right now, I stocked up on crisp veggies and grabbed some soba noodles and threw together this lunch-able noodle bowl. And I LOVED it!!! Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Cheesy butternut squash and wild rice bake.

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On a recent blustery day, I was craving something starchy, carby, hearty and cheesy. Voila: this recipe for Cheesy Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Bake. It’s a hack on my most popular recipe, and while it’s full of whole grains and winter squash, there’s enough cheese here to keep the dish from being *too* good for you! Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-palooza: Almond wreath butter cookies.

Me: I tinkered with this cookie recipe. Mom: How could you? Sorry, Mom, but my version of our family’s favorite Christmas cookie recipe is just, how to say it? Better. Get out the cookie press, folks, and make this your last batch before the 25th. Get the recipe for Christmas Almond Wreath Cookies on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-palooza: Raspberry hazelnut thumbprints.

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Quick: You have to bake a batch of Christmas cookies for the kid’s school party, or the office gift exchange, or the neighborhood caroling festivities. Here you go: an easy butter cookie rolled in toasted nuts and topped with a jewel of jam. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-Palooza: Chai shortbread.

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If you’re making an assortment of Christmas cookies, you’ll want a shortbread type: they’re pretty, tasty and easy to make. I’ve updated the traditional shortbread cookie recipe with warm, seasonal chai spices. Get your new favorite cookie recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading