Category Archives: Food & Cooking it

of school lunch and the way we PBJ

  I like to cook, people. Really like it–see my alternate life. Which is fortunate because I do a lot of it. But school lunches are my nemesis. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to find healthy lunch options … Continue reading

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when life gives you oranges

It’s a busy season in this household. There are more pots on the stove than arms to stir them. Sometimes my husband and I turn to each other for a hand and find the other is busier yet. We have, … Continue reading

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number eight: sweet potato tacos (and loaded sweet potatoes)

This was one of the simplest entries in the contest. In fact, it’s so simple that I’m not sure if it’s technically a recipe or just a great idea. But we enjoyed it so thoroughly and I am so certain … Continue reading

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number seven: butternut squash and quinoa stew

This recipe was contributed by Leslie, who has adapted it from Cookin’ Canuck here. She omits the chicken and adds in spinach or kale, which adaptations I copied when I made it. We thought it made a flavorful and hearty … Continue reading

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number six: spinach lasagne

I’ve searched for a long time for a good vegetarian lasagne. One of my best-ies makes the best one I’ve ever had but the real secret to its awesomeness is that the vegetables are grilled, which makes it impractical in … Continue reading

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number five: broccoli cheddar soup with homemade croutons

Before we tried this I didn’t think there was anywhere to go with broccoli cheddar soup. All the versions I have had tasted basically the same. Not this one. This was definitely a cut above. The croutons and the soup … Continue reading

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number four: vegetable enchiladas

The before-baking picture that I took of this recipe does not do it justice. These vegetable enchiladas were hearty and flavorful. Every member of our family liked them except Hugh, and it was probably just that he had spotted a … Continue reading

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number three: black bean sweet potato chili

This was one of the first entries to come in and it was so tasty that I was ready to make it again by the time the contest ended! It’s a super-useful one for the repertoire because it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, … Continue reading

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number two: pasta e fagioli

Many thanks to Julia in the UK for this delightful recipe. It comes from the 1998 version of Mark Bittman’s cookbook How to Cook Everything (I like that title, the volume sounds so . . . thorough!). The contributor mentioned … Continue reading

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stuffed acorn squash (the winner!)

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Part of the Main contest is Vanessa, for her contribution Stuffed Acorn Squash! I loved this entry for its creativity. Finding wintery vegetarian meals that aren’t soups is as … Continue reading

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