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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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Black Pepper Grits with Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Steak, and Over Easy Eggs

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a major egg fan. Poached, over-easy…ok, I admit it, anything with a rich, runny yolk has my heart all a-flutter. But since Matt is not much of a breakfast fan, I don’t often indulge my cravings to have breakfast for dinner. Which is a shame, because it’s easy and super fast, and it’s the perfect way to use whatever sounds good.

This dish certainly had several items that were cooked different ways, but I optimized space and still managed very little cleanup (and some leftovers). You could always use sauteed tomatoes (I just love the flavor and juiciness of the roasted), bacon, sausage, or any leftovers you had in the fridge (grits are a pretty delicious delivery system for almost anything). In the end, it may not be the prettiest thing to look at, but that doesn’t matter, because first chance I got, I smashed it all up into one, big, delicious bowl of breakfasty goodness.

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Roasted Cumin Carrots

The most beautiful carrots I have ever seen were part of my score from my last farmer’s market trip of the season. They were wonderful – a bit on the small side, since it has been getting bitterly cold already, but so flavorful it reminds you what carrots are supposed to taste like. Sweet and almost buttery and rich. This simple roast paired carrot with one it’s favorite spices: cumin. This is good as a simple side, tossed in a salad, or pureed into a silky dip that’s fantastic with pita bread.

Spinach Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Bacon Wrapped Figs

This was one of the most delicious dinners I’ve had recently, and definitely the most satisfying salad in ages. Freshness from spinach, earthiness and meatyness from mushrooms, richness from bacon, and sweetness from the figs. It’s just a few simple ingredients, three simple steps, and…what’s that? I had you at bacon? Well, on to the recipe, then.

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Roasted Squash Salad with Bitter Greens, Seckel Pears, and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Tonight’s dinner started out simple: three beautiful kinds of squash from the market, some gorgeous and perfectly ripe seckel pears (those little baby ones that are so wonderful), and some in-season greens. Add some bacon to tie it all together (because that’s what bacon does) and I had a gorgeous, hearty, and extremely delicious salad. Ok, ok, so it’s not the prettiest thing I’ve made recently. But it tasted exactly as I wanted it to: it tasted like fall.

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Chanterelle Mushroom and Leek Soup with Roasted Corn

Even though it hasn’t quite gotten chilly yet, I was craving soup and thought it would be the perfect way to use my remaining chanterelles. Is it possible to be in love with a mushroom? I think so, but in my case…it’s multiple mushrooms (I’m an equal opportunity fungus lover). The point being, this pureed soup was earthy with a silky texture sans cream that is absolutely craveable. Stirred in some roasted corn for an end of summer touch and ate it with toasty baguette croutons. And even though it wasn’t too cold out, I still enjoyed the cooler breeze as I ate my soup – real soup weather is almost upon us!