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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!


Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich with Sundried Tomato Pesto and Fresh Mozzarella

One of my favorite pastimes is roaming the produce aisle at Adams Fairacre Farms. I know I’ve waxed poetic about well-stocked groceries and farmer’s markets before, but every time I go to Adams, I’m reminded why I love to cook. It’s like a dream – all of the produce is gleaming and primarily local, the cheese section is a mile long, and the butcher and fish counters are after my own heart with fresh daily cuts and catches.

Over the weekend, it was a tiny Italian eggplant that caught my eye. Even though they’re overpriced because of their cuteness, I couldn’t resist a 2 inch beauty. The idea struck to make a Mediterranean veggie sandwich. I supplemented my eggplant with bell pepper, squash, mushrooms, and red onions. I bought a loaf of crusty bread, a round of freshly pulled mozzarella, and went home – giddier than usual. The resulting lunch kept me smiling all day!

Chicken Sandwiches with Sundried Tomato Spread, Avocado, Caramelized Onions, and Spinach

Matt and I are in a habit of going grocery shopping everyday. At first, I hated this. I would make lists, try to plan ahead, and buy in bulk. Matt on the other hand, would casually suggest another trip to the store – for something we forgot, or something he just started craving, or something we didn’t even know we needed. Then he’ll wander the produce and meat aisles aimlessly, looking at sales and colors until – quite suddenly – he’ll stop at something. And that something becomes our dinner.

I hate to admit that not I love going to the store each day. We never throw food away because we bought too much, and we can decide each day what sounds good (or looks good). Plus, it’s a part of our day we enjoy together – before we even get into the kitchen. This morning Matt headed out to the store and brought a large package of thinly sliced chicken tenderloin and a bagful of all other kinds of goodies. We were starving, and dug in with the quickest thing we could make: sandwiches.

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Portobello Caps with Snap Pea and Sundried Tomato Salad

After hosting a few vegetarian visitors, I was struck with the idea of making myself a meatless supper. I also love roaming the produce aisles at the local grocery store and just picking out what looks good. It allows to me to pick the freshest, best products and come up with a way to use them. It also enables me to make just enough for myself by buying just what I need for one meal, making this the perfect weeknight supper when I eat alone.  Best of all, it takes about 15-20 minutes to prepare!

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Lasagna Rolls with Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Creamy Shallot Sauce

I’ve been sick since late last week. I haven’t been sick in a long time, and I began to notice certain cravings. The most predominant craving was for buttered wheat toast. Another was for Sprite or ginger ale. These are the things my mother fed me when I was sick as a kid. So I went to the store and bought wheat bread for toast. I didn’t buy any ginger ale, but I drank plenty of juice and water, and ate nothing but toast for four straight days.

The one craving that was not based on my childhood, however, was that of comfort food…a craving that didn’t strike me until I was beginning to feel better.  Something soft, warm, and topped with cheese. That is what I wanted my first meal returned from the land of toast to be, and since I hadn’t eaten much of anything for several days, I figured it was ok to put a little extra cheese on top. Ahhhh…it feels good to be well again.

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