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Pesto brown rice with cherry tomatoes and edamame

This is one of the many wonderful possibilities for a relatively low-key dinner when you have frozen pesto stashed away. All that is required of you is to cook up a pot of brown rice. When it’s almost finished cooking, add the frozen edamame (that you’ve thawed in the minimalist tradition, i.e. you’ve rinsed with…

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Homemade basil oil

I recently received a trio of spectacular olive oils as a gift–one of which was infused with basil. Basil is perhaps my ultimate addiction. I want it on everything, and lots. I’m currently confronting the seriously upsetting reality that my own basil plants are not thriving, and supplementing with weekly bunches from the farmers market…

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Simple vegan truffles

Each time I taste the results of a new vegan no-bake adventure, I wonder how it’s possible that a dessert can taste so good with absolutely no added sugar or dairy. Plus there’s the added benefit of not having to turn on the oven. Oh the places you’ll go with a food processor! This is another…

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Lemon dijon green beans with almonds

I couldn’t remember the last time I bought green beans, until I picked up these ones at our neighborhood farmer’s market this week. Historically, I’ve prepared my green beans the same way: with some combo of garlic (power or fresh) and soy sauce (although in recent history it’s usually been Braggs). This was a staple side…

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Duck egg delight

I’m not exactly sure what to call this recipe, but nomenclature aside, it’s phenomenally delicious. We picked up some duck eggs at the Portland Farmers’ Market a few weeks ago and they have contributed to some extraordinary meals; simple, but incredibly rich and satisfying. This is another version we’ve been enjoying lately, with some wonderful…

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Cannellini beans with pesto and cherry tomatoes

This low-maintenance meal features the co-stars of summer: basil and tomatoes. I plucked these juicy tomatoes from our garden, and the pesto from my frozen stash. All that was left was to open a can of cannellini beans, and stir! Ingredients 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed ~5 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size 1 Tbsp…