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Winter Salad with Clementine and Pomegranate

Here is a winter salad that makes good use of clementines (or mandarins) and pomegranate in season right now. Plump and sweet clementines add such bright hues and flavor while pomegranate gives you a burst of juicy tang in every bite. Every winter you probably see clementines and pomegranate show up frequently in the markets. I prefer the darker orange…

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Cumin Roasted Butternut Squash

To celebrate what’s in season this fall, this recipe for Cumin Roasted Butternut Squash is the one to make. It is so simple and easy but very impressive presentation-wise. What I love about is it has all the flavors of fall from walnuts, pomegranate and butternut squash. I actually had tried cumin before on roasting carrots and it turned out…

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Stewed Squash and Green Beans with Basil

This simple recipe for stewed squash and green beans brings back childhood memories for me. It is inspired by a Filipino vegetable stew called “pinakbet” which uses squash, eggplant, tomatoes, okra, long beans and bitter melon. Since all of these vegetables are not readily available, I’ve decided to use what I have. So for this dish I use butternut squash…

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How to Make a Simple Charcuterie Board

Making a simple charcuterie board to serve your guests is quite easy if you keep it simple. Find a few items in your local market or grocery store and put them together on a platter. This eye-catching appetizer will greet your guests with its tempting array of cheeses, cold cuts, fruit and crackers. For a lovely presentation, use a pretty…

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Pear and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese

This month of September we already begin to see a lot of pears at the market so of course, a pear and walnut salad is in order. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is add pears in a salad. For convenience you can use prewashed and bagged spring mix greens. For me it’s more interesting to…

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Grilled Vegetables with Salsa Verde and Feta

In the summer I love grilled vegetables so much. In this recipe you have superfoods like red bell pepper, tomatoes and zucchini. You can even add small round eggplant or asparagus if you want. Sometimes I grill them with just olive oil, salt and pepper. Other times, I add a flavorful sauce like here. When picking vegetables, make sure they…

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Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad with Arugula

For grilling lovers like me, this pasta salad is an answer to the side dish dilemma. I know, right? So many choices out there for a side dish.  If it’s up to me, I like to have one or two side dishes with grilled meat or seafood.  And who wouldn’t eat a salad? Veggie-packed Salad With a refreshing herb and…

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Chicken Spring Rolls

Once in a while we all crave for something crispy like this chicken spring rolls.  Although it’s fried, the filling is made of healthy chicken and vegetables. Therefore, I don’t feel guilty eating it. And I certainly think it’s ok as long as we eat healthy most of the time. It’s amazing how food really brings me happy childhood memories….

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Easy 15-Minute Cranberry Sauce

Who needs the canned cranberry sauce when you can easily make a fresh one? Yes, it’s so easy and much more flavorful. In fact, it’s not only a side dish.  Spread it on your toast or muffin with butter for breakfast and it’s wonderful. It’s packed with holiday flavors like cinnamon, cloves and orange zest. All it takes is mixing…

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Autumn Squash Sauté with Thyme

If you love fall flavors, you will like this easy autumn squash sauté. One of my favorite squash is delicata squash because of its flavor and you can eat the skin. Here is a recipe very similar to ratatouille, only its quicker to make. As soon as I see pumpkin at the store, I look for delicata squash.  It’s easier…

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