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Delicious and Healthy Spiced Greens

I am always looking for dishes that use healthy ingredients without adding excess fat, salt, and sugar to make them delicious.  It amazes me that some people make a good choice like a salad bar, but then proceed to add a bunch of mayo based toppings, cheese, dried fruit, and then drown it with chemical […]

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Saag Paneer-Greens and Indian Cheese

Now that you have made Paneer, how do you use it? In my pre-chef life, I had the good fortune for many years of spending multiple weeks each year in India, specifically Mumbai. Because I traveled so much, my boss wanted to make my time outside the office enjoyable. He knew I loved to cook […]

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The Simplest Of All Chard

Swiss Chard Swiss Chard.  Green?  Yes.  Leafy?  Yes.  Pretty?  Yes.  SWISS?  No one seems to know the origin of the Swiss nationality attached to “chard”, which is in the same family as the common garden beet, but some say it was described this way in 19th century seed catalogues to distinguish it from spinach seeds, […]

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Greens with BACON

This recipe is so darn easy, but so darn good.  Use what looks good in the store or what you have on hand.  Increase or decrease the bacon (who ever DECREASES bacon!?!).  Or use Pancetta.  Use extra vinegar if you like it a bit tarter.  Add some finely chopped onions or some chopped egg, tomatoes […]

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Broccoli Rabe

In continuation of my series on leafy green vegetables, I give you BROCCOLI RABE! Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe: This is one of my favorite go-to dishes for a quick non-tomato weeknight pasta dish.  It utilizes broccoli rabe (aka rapini) which is a leafy green vegetable with tiny broccoli-like flowers.  It is slightly […]

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All Hail Kale

Continuing with my series on leafy green veggies, this week’s leafy vegetable is Curly Kale!   Kale?  Isn’t that the stuff you plant in your garden along with mums in the fall?  Yep it is, but that’s ornamental kale and trust me you don’t usually want to eat it.  Kale is a kind of cabbage that […]

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Escarole with Toasted Pine Nuts, Garlic, Capers and Raisins

We all know that leafy green vegetables are good for you, but besides spinach, what the heck do you do with them?  Most people in the US did not grow up eating and watching Mom cook greens and they’re not in the freezer section, so they can be intimidating.  Therefore, I thought a primer on […]

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