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Carrot Cake Pancakes

Winter has been strange and moody this year, with more genuinely cold weather than we are used to, and my personal weather gauge is more sensitive to the cold since we have chickens.  Our smallest chicken, Lightning, got a case of frostbite on the tips of her comb during a bitter cold snap, and I […]

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Savory Baked Apples

Breakfast has always been a difficult meal for me.  I’m not a fan of a lot of the traditional American breakfast foods that are based largely on starch and sweets, and I spent a number of years skipping breakfast altogether.  While I don’t believe that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day” (and […]

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Lamb Stew over Charred Eggplant Puree

This is a riff on Sultan’s Delight, a traditional Turkish dish of braised lamb over a roasted eggplant mash. Like all “traditional” dishes, there are countless variations on the theme, and you have a lot of flexibility in how you season the dish. I eliminated the typical addition of flour to thicken the eggplant, and […]

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Loaded Sweet Potato Bisque

Potato soup is something that I always find appealing in concept, but in general I am never that excited about the actual product.  Most of it seems bland and a little gluey.  I’m sure there are some excellent versions out there that I have yet to try, but right now I am excited about this […]

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Grapefruit Salad

If your only experience with Brussels sprouts is with the overcooked and mushy version, you really should try them in this raw salad.  The slight bitterness of the sprouts is offset by the sweet citrus, and the texture is wonderful.  The key is to slice them pretty thin (thus the “shaved” part of the title–I […]

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January Comfort Food: Lemon-Garlic Soup

This has been an unusually dreary Colorado winter, and I am really missing the typical sunny days.  This is the first winter here that I have experienced some seasonal affective disorder (it happened every winter when I lived in the U.P.), so I am looking forward to longer days and more sunshine.  Today I had […]

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