Tom Kha Soup

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I love love love LOVE Thai food. Cant get enough. You’ve heard me say this before and I’ll say it again—Thai is the food culture that, to me, has the perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour and hot.  Its basically taste-bud nirvana.  And if you had to take this perfection and put it in a bowl with… 

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Spaghetti Carbonara

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Its very rare that I crave something in the true sense of the word and I am almost never an emotional eater, but very rarely — usually when something is just “off” about my day and I’m not quite where I should be in my spirit—I develop an intense gut-wrenching need to have a bowl… 

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Strawberry and Feta Salad with Strawberry Dressing

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The tiny little chill in the air lately as I head to work in the morning lets me know that summer is slowly but surely drawing to a close. Sadly, in just a few weeks,  this over abundance of fresh, bright, colorful fruit wont be available to us anymore. So there’s no time like the presence… 

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Mediterranean Pearl Couscous and Shrimp Salad

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So this morning I ran the last 6 miles I needed to complete my 100 mile challenge for the month of July. My friend Sara invited me to join her in challenging myself and I have to say… I was challenged.  There were definitely some morning where I couldn’t make myself get up to do… 

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Thai Poached Fish with Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms

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Poaching  is one of those underused and unappreciated cooking techniques that, when remembered, makes you think, “why don’t I do this more?”  Poaching is just cooking something gently in liquid  — and fish is the perfect candidate. Its a delicate protein that often needs a gentle cooking method and is a great canvas for a variety of… 

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Asparagus, Snap Pea and Parmesan Salad

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Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’m posting a lot of salads lately. Though I haven’t experienced a total change of heart regarding bowls of raw vegetables, I have realized that I will have to spend a lot of this summer walking around in public in a swimsuit — since that’s not possible on my regular intake of pasta… 

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Stone Fruit Salad with Basil

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This salad is a thing of beauty — both literally and metaphorically. The problem is that it’s incredibly hard to classify. Is it a dessert? A side dish? A savory salad? It’s all of those things and so much more. It’s perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream — the herbaceous basil plays off… 

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Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

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Soba noodles are these amazingly toothsome, earthy noodles that are made out of buckwheat and are absolutely delicious eaten cold.  I adore the fantastic, almost nutty, flavor and they have the additional benefit of being whole grain and gluten free. My favorite way to prepare them is to combine them with my favorite crunchy veggies… 

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