Spicy Beans with Wilted Greens and a Sausage on Top

Ok. We’ve tagged this recipe as vegetarian, and yes, we can see there’s clearly a sausage sitting on top of these beans and greens. But this recipe from Bon Appetit stands proudly, richly, healthily on its own without the sausage. Or, if you like sausage, then you can go there, too.

Spicy Beans with Wilted Greens

Spicy Beans with Wilted Greens

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Romantic Evenings at le Caviste Wine Bar in Seattle’s South Lake Union

Is there anything more romantic than sharing a glass of wine at a sidewalk bar in Paris? Probably not. But if you can’t get to Paris and you happen to be in Seattle, there’s a cozy little slice of Parisian nightlife tucked away in South Lake Union, called le Caviste.

le Caviste Wine Bar in Seattle

le Caviste Wine Bar in Seattle

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Paella: A romantic Valentine’s Day dinner

There’s something romantic about sharing paella. Maybe it’s the luxury of eating chicken, shrimp, chorizo, and mussels, all in one dish. Maybe it’s the velvety golden saffron-scented rice and vegetables, all intermingled together. Whatever it is, there’s something special about sharing a dinner of paella, Spanish wine, and some candlelight with your love.

Paella: A decadent dinner

Paella: A decadent dinner

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Spicy Deconstructed Dumplings with Rice Noodles and Bok Choi

This deconstructed dumpling recipe has that familiar dumpling flavor, but comes together at home in a lot less time. Bright flavors from the ginger plus the option to add as many greens as you’d like make this recipe from the New York Times a delicious, healthy mid-week dinner. Also, we notice that if we make recipes from the NY Times, they tend to be those by Melissa Clark. Thanks Melissa!

Deconstructed Dumplings with Ginger

Deconstructed Dumplings with Ginger

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Stir-Fried Farro with Ginger Shrimp and an Egg on Top

As Seattle heads into a cold snap, we could really use something hearty to warm us up. Also: we love eggs, we love shrimp, and we’ve recently really gotten into the versatile, protein-rich grain called farro. So, we thought we’d try this recipe from Bon Appetit. Smashing!

Stir-Fried Farro with Ginger Shrimp and Fried Egg

Stir-Fried Farro with Ginger Shrimp and Fried Egg

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Toasted Farro Soup with Tuscan Kale and White Beans

It’s soup season. Time for something hearty and warming and stick-to-your-bones-y. And that means it’s time for farro. One of the oldest cultivated grains and packed with nutritional value, farro is found in the bulk section at your local grocery store.

Farro & Tuscan Kale Soup

Farro & Tuscan Kale Soup

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Healthy Fruit & Nut Bread

We love fruitcake (well, I love fruitcake). Melanie is a little more ambivalent. But even I recognize that when you’re looking for a pick-me-up, mid-afternoon work snack, an alcohol-laced fat bomb of a regular fruitcake isn’t going to fly. We discovered this healthy, hearty recipe several weeks ago, and have been making a loaf every week to take to work. Naturally, we had to share it with you.

Healthy Fruit & Nut Loaf

Healthy Fruit & Nut Loaf

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