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    A recent graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, I found myself with no money, no kitchen equipment, and an exceptionally huge appetite. Ideas, improvisations, and yummy meal solutions were discovered in the kitchen of my very first apartment.
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Whole Wheat Pasta with Spicy Sundried Tomato and Basil Pesto and Shaved Parmesan

I have been super busy this week – baking things to send in a care package home and a very exciting interview (more on both of these later)! At any rate, last night I came home and had about 1/2 hour to squeeze in cooking and eating my dinner. A simple pasta with pesto from the garden and good parmesan was just the ticket – light, fresh, and super quick. And on to the next task!

Creamy Sausage, Mushroom, and Pea Risotto with Poached Egg, Parmesan and Baby Basil Leaves

I started vacation this week. If you know me, you can note that simply from the recent appearance of pasta and baked goods on my blog. I love food – a little too much. On a day to day basis, I try to keep myself in check – eating healthier foods and smaller portions. But you can’t take the foodie out of the girl, so after two days of being “on vacation” I was in the kitchen making risotto. I love making risotto – the whole process of it. I’m also of the school of adding an egg to just about anything makes it better, so I ended up with this rich, creamy risotto for dinner last night. No matter what any recipe tells you – risotto is easy (this one has butter, sausage, and lots of cheese – how could it ever go wrong?) – just taste it a lot along the way, and you’ll end up with an awesome meal.

Paprika and Rosemary Crusted Pork Tenderloin and Pea Soup with Spring Garlic Pesto

This post is all about eating healthy without giving up taste and flavor. I love a crispy crust that gives way to a moist, tender interior. This pork dish achieves that without frying or even panfrying. The combination of this thick, flavorful crust and roasting infuses this pork with flavor. And the pea and pesto soup is creamy and delicious without any cream or butter. The pesto and fresh peas are the perfect spring side dish – warm and satisfying on a chilly spring night. It made for a delicious meal that you’d have no idea was healthy.

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Tomato and Basil Chicken Meatballs

My grocery store makes huge piles of things at the entrance every few weeks. Jars of cranberry sauce six feet high tower over me in the fall. Cookies and cakes are piled in a tauntingly appealing display during the holidays. Plastic forks and paper cups sit amongst coupons for barbeques in the summer months. I suppose this ridiculous marketing scheme is one way of marking the change of the seasons. So I was quite pleased to walk into the store only to be greeted by not just the usual blinding florescent lighting, but also the deliciously fresh scent of large bushels of basil.

This, I thought to myself, called for a celebration. And while the basil smelled and looked terrific, the produce section was still not quite at it’s spring or summertime peak. So I turned to a common go-to ingredient: chicken. I flavored ground chicken with reduced tomato juice and plenty of fresh basil, then topped it with a rich, chunky tomato sauce. It’s a deliciously classic combination that’s also incredibly healthy! Add 2 tablespoons of cream or whole milk for a creamier sauce, or try pairing this dish with your favorite pasta for an even heartier meal!

 

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