Recipes

Pecan Pie Biscotti

by Janelle 12.06.2012
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This week my grandmother and I stumbled upon a scrumptious looking biscotti in the newspaper. The warm color of the cookies and the addition of pecans, which you do not usually see in biscotti, was especially intriguing this time of year. We noticed there was not any butter or oil in the cookies – quite the […]

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Pfeffernüsse

by Janelle 11.30.2012
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I have many fond memories of enjoying Pfeffernüsse cookies during the holiday season while living in Switzerland. Pronounced [fef-fur-noose], these delightful German cookies translate to “pepper nuts” and are truly one of my favorite holiday treats. These spicy cookies, full of cloves, nutmeg, ground black pepper, ginger and cardamom, are not for the faint of […]

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

by Janelle 11.27.2012
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Last night I made a hearty Roasted Cauliflower Soup with homemade garlic croutons. If you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner packed with nutrients and good-for-you vegetables, look no further than this recipe. I decided to roast the cauliflower in the oven before I added it to the soup to bring out all of […]

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Lightened Up Italian Wedding Soup

by Janelle 11.20.2012
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Here is a recipe I created for a lightened up version of Italian Wedding Soup. Traditional Italian Wedding Soup consists of chicken broth, hearty greens and tasty homemade meatballs. Instead of using the higher-fat meats traditionally used to make meatballs (pork, veal or beef), I used lean ground turkey breast and the results were excellent.

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No-Noodle Sweet Potato “Lasagna”

by Janelle 11.14.2012
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The other night I really wanted to make a hearty and comforting lasagna, but I usually avoid making it because it’s traditionally high in carbs and fat. So, I put together a noodle-less “lasagna” full of healthy vegetables and all of the taste everyone loves from this Italian favorite–creamy ricotta, marinara sauce and a crispy […]

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Fall Roasted Chicken with Apples & Sage

by Janelle 11.05.2012
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As all of us in New York are finally recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I couldn’t help but think back to the day before the hurricane hit, when the weather was bright, sunny and truly the calm before the storm. That day, Aaron and I ventured out to Union Square Greenmarket to pick up […]

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Easy Beef Barley Soup

by Janelle 10.19.2012
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With a wonderful fall chill in the air, I couldn’t wait to make a warm and comforting soup. I decided to make a lightened up Beef Barley Soup that is an easy, one-dish weeknight meal. I used a very lean cut of beef to keep the fat and calories down and added loads of tasty […]

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Nobu Black Cod with Miso

by Janelle 10.10.2012
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Every time I visit Nobu in New York and Miami, I always order the world famous “Nobu Black Cod.” This coveted Japanese dish, made by roasting silky cod filets with a sweet miso topping, is both light and invigorating. When you bite into it, the fish has a buttery quality and the scrumptious marinade adds […]

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Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

by Janelle 09.20.2012
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Creamy and comforting, this recipe for Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup is a delightful weeknight dinner. I started out by roasting 3 red bell peppers until very tender and slightly charred. Next, I roasted a baking sheet full of ripe mixed tomatoes until soft, juicy and bursting with flavor. Since I was in the spirit […]

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Truffle Beef Wellington for Two

by Janelle 09.07.2012
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A recipe for Beef Wellington needs little introduction. I have always wanted to make this elegant dish beloved by fine chefs around the world, so I decided my fiancé’s birthday was the perfect occasion to serve this impressive meal. Beef Wellington traditionally combines beef tenderloin, mushroom duxelles, and foie gras wrapped in flaky, buttery puff pastry […]

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