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RootedInTheValley Mar 13, 2013 10:44 AM

Looking for some seasonal cooking inspiration! Thank you!

  1. THoey1963 Mar 16, 2013 08:11 PM

    A couple I follow on Facebook:

    Best Southern Recipes from the Deep South

    Homesick Texan

    Sorry, on iPhone, so you'll have to Google them.

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      cresyd Mar 17, 2013 06:28 AM

      Also through facebook, I follow Palestine Food (http://www.facebook.com/Palestinefood) - but seaonally speaking, it probably won't sync with North American growing seasons.

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        debbiel Mar 19, 2013 07:35 AM

        I just took a look at the Palestine Food page. Looks great. Thanks!

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          cresyd Mar 19, 2013 12:38 PM

          They also link a lot to this website/blog (http://www.kitchenofpalestine.com) that is good with slightly fuller recipes. I recently made their mujadarra with bulgar which was excellent, and I've had friends who've had success with their labne recipe.

          1. re: cresyd
            HillJ Mar 19, 2013 02:02 PM

            Doesn't this pie look interesting! Thank you for the site link!

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              cresyd Mar 19, 2013 11:36 PM

              Personally, I can't stand nigella seeds - but I do love how they have less common recipes among the standards. It's relatively knew, but I do hope that they keep it up.

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                HillJ Mar 20, 2013 05:22 AM

                Oh I see. I love nigella seeds added to popovers, bread and pizza. Is it the seed or the taste that you can't stand? Before I knew what a nigella seed was I was using onion bits instead.

      2. juliejulez Mar 19, 2013 09:50 AM

        I follow tons! Some are more simple recipes, geared towards weeknight cooking and/or healthy cooking, and not all are seasonal although most seem to try to cook that way. Here's a list of the ones off the top of my head:

        www.backtoherroots.com (more of a lifestyle blog with food thrown in



        1. Gio Mar 19, 2013 10:15 AM

          Here are some I follow:

          Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino
          Global: Nigel Slater
          Global: Yotam Ottrolenghi
          La Casa in Giadino
          La Cucina Italiana
          Michael Ruhlman
          My Kitchen in Spain
          Rasa Maylasia
          Serious Eats
          Taste the Rainbow
          Virginia Willis Cuisine

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          1. re: Gio
            The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 12:29 PM

            Gio, with Slater and Ottolenghi, do they have actual blogs or are you referring to their newspaper columns?

            I really love Serious Eats Cook the Book. Also, I love how their recipes zip right into pepperplate.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen
              Gio Mar 19, 2013 12:42 PM

              Oh, you know you're right, TDQ... Nigel is through the Guardian RSS feed... but Ottolenghi does have a blog.


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                HillJ Mar 19, 2013 12:50 PM


                Then you both must have seen this recipe. My gf made the dough recipe while I worked the fig and cheese filling and it was "almost" too delicious to share!....but of course, we did! We had a brunch for our pals and this recipe was the winner that day.

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                  The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 12:59 PM

                  I have NOT seen that but, wow! does that ever sound amazing. I mean, WOW! I almost want to get up from my desk and head home and make that right now.

                  Hillj, I didn't realize you provided photography for blogs. I realize the site rules would prohibit you from linking to any of your work in this thread, but is there a link you could put in your profile so we could have a look?


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen
                    HillJ Mar 19, 2013 01:03 PM

                    I know that recipe is something very special. Come fig season, I'll be finding a reason to make it with Kara again!

                    Yes, I make a point of never posting blogs I've worked on, on CH.

                    You can take a gander at some examples of my work at, Houzz.com

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                      The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 01:25 PM

                      So all of those photos are yours, even though there are multiple designers? You photograph all of those designers?


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                        HillJ Mar 19, 2013 01:31 PM

                        Oh no not at all!! Only in my photo dreams could I pull off a portfolio of this size.

                        No, I house some of my more detailed kitchen work in this large archive along with my colleagues and some immediate contracted work. Houzz is full of inspiring work by hundreds of professional people; as well as homeowners who use the photography as a work station for redesign projects.

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                          The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 01:37 PM

                          Oh! Ok, I was pretty floored that you could do all of that AND 59 other blogs, too! Is there a way to tell which ones are yours or are they all kind of mixed in.


                          1. re: The Dairy Queen
                            HillJ Mar 19, 2013 01:50 PM

                            Total jumble each and every day; that's how the site owners like it but when I finish my current project, I'll consider posting a link to my CH personal profile.

                            One of my favorites in the field is this guy:

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                              The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 01:55 PM

                              That would be cool, thank you. In the meantime, I see a lot of very inspiring photos on that site, and shall assume at least some of them are yours. :)


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                                HillJ Mar 19, 2013 01:59 PM

                                I know I'm being vague. I do apologize.

                                1. re: HillJ
                                  The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 02:03 PM

                                  No worries at all. I understand the balancing act.


                              2. re: HillJ
                                The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 02:02 PM

                                Ok, those Selby photos are amazing. I love the one of Selby himself in the purple denim jeans and blue cat t-shirt.

                                How do you find the time to work for 60 blogs? If they all publish even once a week, that's at least 60 places you have to run over to with your camera. Some of them must be more intermittent than weekly, I'm guessing?


                                1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                  HillJ Mar 19, 2013 03:04 PM

                                  Actually its much easier thanks to digital and e deadlines. Some jobs are location shoots planned around a long established deadline with clients who trek me in; others are studio shots created for print ads in which my part is only one part of the entire job; others are in my own studio (food and product shots mostly) and many are archived shoots I've taken months in advance of needing them. I also work in miniature photography six times a year at another studio. Really depends on the job. The new and interesting blog format has been a joy.

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                                    HillJ Mar 19, 2013 03:17 PM


                                    If you want to hear a bit about Todd's process, there are two podcasts on the link above.

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                                      The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 06:36 PM

                                      Fascinating, thank you. What is miniature photography?


                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                        HillJ Mar 19, 2013 06:58 PM


                                        New horizons in the photography field like this.

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                                          The Dairy Queen Mar 20, 2013 01:06 AM



                    2. re: Gio
                      The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2013 12:54 PM

                      But, that's the restaurant's blog, right, not necessarily Ottolenghi himself? I imagine that sounds like splitting hairs, but I'm just curious.


                  2. re: Gio
                    EM23 Mar 21, 2013 12:10 PM

                    I forgot about Aglio - I enjoy her recipes. And I am off to check out your other Italian and Spanish blogs.

                  3. alliegator Mar 19, 2013 11:33 AM

                    Rasa Malaysia is hands down my favorite.
                    I don't really follow other ones specifically, but look through quite a few when I google a certain recipe.

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                    1. re: alliegator
                      RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:31 AM


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                      HillJ Mar 19, 2013 12:33 PM

                      Right now, Food52 is my favorite for sheer creativity and the support of fellow home cooks. The site photography is a personal favorite of mine and keeps getting better and better. Most recently, during one of their lively food contests (run with high praise in all the right ways) the winner created a citrus tea infused compound butter. I gave it a try and was wowed by the simple, inspiring genius. http://food52.com/users/7766-thefood

                      My family & I will be heading to Montreal the month of July and I'm digging into the Montreal tourism blog which is really fascinating and full of food related ideas/festivals/markets and tasting recs. The bloggers on there are terrific.

                      Some of the others I've been reading for some time are more website than blogs but I started out a blog fan, including: Serious Eats, Smitten Kitchen, Food Librarian, David Lebovitz, Food Curating (vlogs) and most recently the blog through the spice company, World Spice Merchants.

                      The blog trend of late (I currently provide the photography for about 60 brand blogs) is lifestyle. Food, travel, photography, family, work and sharing favorites (a bloggers list of favorite links to music, books, art, hotels, housewares, etc.) all under one blog heading. One of my favorites under new blogsphere recommendations remains: 101 Cooksbooks; an inventive blogger who's been around forever and is always pushing a special, self-defined challenge to keep her readers and herself entertained. http://www.101cookbooks.com/

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                      1. re: HillJ
                        cresyd Mar 19, 2013 12:39 PM

                        I love Food52, it just has a great way of thinking about food.

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                          HillJ Mar 19, 2013 01:13 PM


                          I just used this recipe to finish up a bag of dried coconut shards I had in the pantry. Some early Easter ideas I'm playing around with for the young ones in the family.

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                            cresyd Mar 19, 2013 11:37 PM

                            A recent recipe/idea I got from Food52 was poaching salmon in gin (http://food52.com/recipes/19824-aroma...) which adds a fantastic flavor.

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                              HillJ Mar 20, 2013 05:23 AM

                              How interesting! This is why I love Food52!

                        2. re: HillJ
                          juliejulez Mar 19, 2013 03:37 PM

                          I forgot to mention Food52 in my list too, I really like it.

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                            HillJ Mar 20, 2013 07:16 AM

                            Food Curating should read Food Curated, my error.

                            The blogger use to create videos here at CHOW. Miss those!

                            1. re: HillJ
                              EM23 Mar 21, 2013 12:21 PM

                              Have you looked at La Tartine Gourmande - beautiful travel photos. And Orangette - I think I look at her blog just for the baby pictures. I linked to both in my post above.

                              And you are quite the renaissance woman! You also own a B&B, IIRC?

                              1. re: EM23
                                HillJ Mar 21, 2013 12:25 PM

                                Thank you yes, with my sister who lives/works in CA and my partner in photo crime who lives on site. Still working out the bugs to the B&B. Mostly opened it for professionals to have a place to crash when on gigs. I commute from NJ when it's my turn to house sit.

                                The blogs are terrific. Can't you just fall into the pages and call the airlines immediately!

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                                RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:30 AM

                                Yes - both are really fantastic in staying food focused! Thanks for the recommendations!

                                1. re: HillJ
                                  jpr54_1 May 12, 2013 05:03 AM

                                  I enjoy reading your posts and looking at photos for the sites u mentioned.

                                  be sure to check out in Montreal, PQ

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                                    HillJ May 12, 2013 01:54 PM

                                    Thanks jpr54, right back atcha! And thank you for the link!

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                                  jlhinwa Mar 19, 2013 01:16 PM


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                                    MonsieurFrancais Mar 19, 2013 01:28 PM

                                    I really love this French/American blog called Le Grumeau. Reviews are quite thorough. These guys seem to review both NYC and Paris good restaurants....


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                                      RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:29 AM

                                      Can't wait to check them out - Merci Monsieur!

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                                      hungryjoanne Mar 19, 2013 01:41 PM

                                      Great thread!!!

                                      For healthy inspiration: http://mynewroots.org/site/
                                      For everyday meals and comfort food: http://www.mymommashands.com/
                                      Others have mentioned 101 cookbooks, smitten kitchen... I enjoy those as well.

                                      Looking forward to finding out what else is out there in the "blogosphere"!!

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                                      1. re: hungryjoanne
                                        foodiefan6 Mar 24, 2013 05:07 PM

                                        Thanks for the healthy blog! Trying to find more healthy blogs that are useful, accessible and inspiring. Will try mynewroots.

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                                          RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:28 AM

                                          yes, I find it difficult to find healthy blogs that are not selling some product!

                                        2. re: hungryjoanne
                                          RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:28 AM

                                          Thanks - these two are new to me! I've discovered about 40 new blogs with this thread!!

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                                          youareabunny Mar 20, 2013 04:06 AM

                                          Chocolate and zucchini

                                          David Lebovitz

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                                            HillJ Mar 20, 2013 07:15 AM

                                            I enjoyed the first cookbook by the Chocolate & Z author. Fun read.

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                                              RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:27 AM

                                              Thank you!

                                            2. EM23 Mar 21, 2013 12:06 PM

                                              My favorites for recipes, nice pics and pinning:
                                              OKRA (Southern food) http://southernfood.org/okra/
                                              La Tavola Marche (cooking school blog) http://latavolamarche.blogspot.com/
                                              Martha's Circle Food Blogs http://marthascircle.marthastewart.com/Food/
                                              Edible Ireland http://edible-ireland.com/recipe-archive/
                                              Bijouxs http://bijouxs.com/
                                              She Simmers (Thai recipes) http://shesimmers.com/
                                              Orangette http://orangette.blogspot.com/#
                                              Cannelle Et Vanille http://www.cannellevanille.com/
                                              La Tartine Gourmande http://www.latartinegourmande.com/
                                              The Italian Dish http://theitaliandishblog.com/
                                              I Nom Things http://www.inomthings.com/
                                              CIA Culinary Intelligence http://www.ciaculinaryintelligence.com/

                                              My favorites that feed my food-obsessed soul:
                                              NPR’s the Salt http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/
                                              Serious Eats (particularly for the Food Lab http://www.seriouseats.com/
                                              Not in My Food http://notinmyfood.org/blog
                                              The Recipes Project (history of recipes) http://recipes.hypotheses.org/
                                              The History Chef http://lincolnslunch.blogspot.com/
                                              What's Cookin @ Special Collections: Virginia Tech's Culinary History Collection Blog http://whatscookinvt.wordpress.com/
                                              Obama Foodorama http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/
                                              Johnson and Wales blog http://culinaryartsmuseum.blogspot.com/
                                              Food & Think http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/
                                              James Beard Foundation http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog
                                              Splendid Table http://www.splendidtable.org/
                                              The History Kitchen http://www.pbs.org/food/blogs/the-history-kitchen/#
                                              The Atlantic food blog http://www.theatlantic.com/health/cat...

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                                              1. re: EM23
                                                RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                I only know a fraction of the ones you listed - thank you! I can't wait to explore the rest!

                                              2. drongo Mar 21, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                Here are some that I look at regularly:
                                                http://honest-food.net/ (Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook

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                                                  HillJ Mar 21, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                  David of http://leitesculinaria.com/ knows his way around Instagram!

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                                                    RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                    Awesome recommendations - thank you!

                                                    1. re: drongo
                                                      drongo May 12, 2013 04:48 AM

                                                      I see Hank Shaw won the James Beard Award for "Best Individual Blog for 2013".


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                                                      lapiccola Mar 21, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                      I like to follow www.lifeovereasy.com - they're home cooks with mostly original recipes and do their own photography

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                                                        HillJ Mar 21, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                        the St. Patty's dog's a riot!

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                                                          lapiccola Mar 23, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                          seriously - thats my niece who keeps dressing the dog up - too funny

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                                                            HillJ Mar 23, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                            seriously-that's really cool!

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                                                          RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                          Can't wait to check them out! Thank you so much!

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                                                          foodiefan6 Mar 24, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                          These are my go-to blogs:


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                                                          1. re: foodiefan6
                                                            RootedInTheValley Mar 25, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                            Thank you so much!

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                                                            cookiebaker Mar 25, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                            I, too, find these lists great to help me find new blogs. Thanks!

                                                            Here are the ones I check regularly:
                                                            Amateur Gourmet, funny, great writing: http://www.amateurgourmet.com
                                                            The Bitten Word, they cook from their food magazines and share the results: http://www.thebittenword.com
                                                            Canal House Cooks Lunch, pretty pictures: http://lunch.thecanalhouse.com
                                                            She Simmers, Thai: http://shesimmers.com

                                                            These bloggers don't post that frequently but still a great read and for tips:
                                                            Kimchimari, I've been fascinated with Korean food this has been a great resource: http://kimchimari.com
                                                            Orangette, just lovely: http://orangette.blogspot.ca

                                                            Others already mentioned include: Food52 and the Kitchn
                                                            Saveur compiles a Best of List of Food Blogs, I've made so discoveries there: http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen...

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                                                              OhioHound May 12, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                              I follow many of the blogs listed previously. One I have not yet seen mentioned here: Oui, Chef.

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                                                                jpc8015 May 12, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                I love this one:


                                                                1. thecitylane May 12, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                  Anyone have any favourite Vietnamese based food bloggers? I'll be there next week and am keen to start researching food related places.

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                                                                    HillJ May 12, 2013 02:00 PM


                                                                    really interesting one here.

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                                                                      thecitylane May 12, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                      Thanks HIllJ!

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                                                                    bear Feb 5, 2014 11:08 AM

                                                                    I just came across this blog while looking for inspiration for an excess of baby spinach. Now maybe I'll be inspired to rein in my food costs a bit more! A quick glance shows the recipes to be simple and fresh.


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                                                                    1. re: bear
                                                                      HillJ Feb 5, 2014 12:28 PM


                                                                      Several times this summer I made this recipe and it was a big hit.

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                                                                        bear Feb 5, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                        Thanks, HillJ. I was eyeing that wondering if it would work with winter veggies. (Her photos are enticing.) Think I'll give it a try. Even winter tomatoes are pretty good when they're baked, especially with all the other flavors.

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                                                                          HillJ Feb 5, 2014 03:30 PM

                                                                          Oh yes, that's sounds even better with sliced tomatoes. I didn't use them at the time actually. I used them to use up the zukes! Next season, I add them. The photo sold me too. I used a mandolin to slice the vegetables the right thickness.

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                                                                            bear Feb 5, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                            Yup, I need to use my mandolin more often to get more comfortable with it, so that would be a good reason to break it out.

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                                                                          The Dairy Queen Feb 5, 2014 03:31 PM

                                                                          OK, I read that as Budget By Tes and wondered who Tes was and why she'd be any better at budgeting than I am.


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                                                                            HillJ Feb 5, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                            Too funny! Check out the recipes :)

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                                                                              HillJ Feb 5, 2014 03:38 PM


                                                                              I also tried Tes' :) recipe for falafel but they were a bit on the dry side. Needed more spice too.

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                                                                              juliejulez Feb 5, 2014 08:22 PM

                                                                              I received a mandoline for Christmas and I can't wait to make this recipe with it once the vegetables are in season.

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                                                                                fldhkybnva Feb 6, 2014 04:07 AM

                                                                                I'm glad I found nice looking zucchini yesterday. I love this recipe and had totally forgotten about it.

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                                                                                ErnieD Feb 5, 2014 09:24 PM

                                                                                Ooh, I'm bookmarking this. Zucchini is one of the few vegetables that I'm not terribly crazy about and every summer we get bags and bags of it from friends with gardens so I'm always looking for a use. They're such prolific little buggers.

                                                                              3. re: bear
                                                                                juliejulez Feb 5, 2014 08:21 PM

                                                                                I've made a number of her recipes and most of them have been great. My only complaint is the small amount of meat per serving... but I just either eat it as less servings or add extra meat.

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                                                                                  bear Feb 6, 2014 07:33 AM

                                                                                  I agree about the serving size. It's a little misleading. I made this Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta last night. It was quick and tasty. I used fresh basil and oregano because I had some on hand and deglazed with a little white wine but otherwise followed the recipe as written. It calls for 1/2 lb. of penne, and yet it says it feeds four. Not in my house! I doubled it and have tasty leftovers for lunch today.

                                                                                  That said, I'll just ignore the serving size and check out some other recipes.


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                                                                                HillJ Feb 5, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                                                101cookbooks rarely disappoints and Heidi really challenges the market hunt for some interesting ingredients.

                                                                                I recently made these for Sunday brunch to use up a bag of chickpea flour and they were outstanding and so light!

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