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June 8, 2011

green garlic goat cheese spread

Are you sick of green garlic already? Or have you even tried it yet? Having just discovered it a few weeks back (and in recognition of the fact that it won’t be around for too much longer), I intend to ride the green garlic wave until it becomes scarce at farmers markets. And I’ve discovered yet another marvelous use for it: goat cheese. (more…)

December 8, 2010

healthy artichoke dip

Several weeks ago, I was feigning for artichoke dip badly enough to update my facebook status to that effect. A few days and still no artichoke dip for me later, my friend Linda warned me that she was going to stop reading my facebook updates, as the most recent one had sent her on an artichoke dip bender. Just trying to picture her in the middle of an “artichoke dip bender” made me laugh, as I imagined my petite friend taking on bowl after bowl of hollowed out sourdough rounds filled to the brim with steaming hot dip.

Then I thought about the mayonnaise. And the cream cheese. And the sour cream. And suddenly, I decided I wasn’t really interested in artichoke dip anymore.

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Several weeks later, it’s mid-holiday season, that fabulously creamy dip trio is everywhere, and my artichoke dip craving has resurfaced. Normally, I bump up my running regimen around this time of year so that I can enjoy the rich dips, buttery candies, sugary cookies, and syrupy cocktails without ballooning out of my pants. But thanks to some intense hip and ankle pain causing my physical therapist to outlaw most forms of exercise except for short, flat walks, I’m totally screwed this year.

But it’s okay. Things can’t be all that bad when I recently passed the bar exam, got engaged, and received an offer for my dream job – a legal-business hybrid position at BlogHer – just one hour before getting sworn in as a member of the State Bar of California. Seriously. 2010 was a stressful year, but the last few months have made everything worth it. Especially now that I’ve come up with an artichoke dip that I can enjoy guilt-free. (more…)

October 12, 2010

hummus trio – plain, roasted red pepper, and spinach

Filed under: appetizer,beans,mediterranean,veggies — Tags: , , , , , , , — Kristen @ 9:38 pm

Two summers ago, I got a fever. And the only prescription was more hummus. I had just discovered the wonder of quick, easy, delicious homemade hummus, which cost me a mere $1.30 for five servings, and I got a little excited. I went a little overboard. I ate hummus every weekday for lunch for a month straight.

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Hummus on a sandwich; hummus on a salad; hummus as a snack with carrots, cucumbers, or pita bread for dipping; hummus on a spoon. It was crazy. And incredibly creamy, easy-to-make, flavorful, healthy, and cost-effective. It kept me full but energized. Summer 2009 was most definitely the Summer of Hummus.

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