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by Sarah Steimer

Grilled chicken salad with garlic confit

I’m so glad a neighbor gave me two very packed bags of arugula, because it gave me an excuse to make this salad! I also now want to put garlic confit on everything. I’m sort of hoarding the rest of the dressing in my fridge right now.


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by Sarah Steimer

Cauliflower and red pepper balls over polenta, spinach and caramelized onions

These nonmeatballs are so full of flavor and really relatively quick to whip up. I really love cauliflower and am always happy to learn another way to prepare it. This recipe is getting filed away for later use, for sure. I an even see them being used in a pita (sort of like falafel) or over a salad.

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by Sarah Steimer

Red pepper relish over sweet potato and kale

I was so happy to have leftover relish from this meal. I can see it being used over chicken, fish or — if you’re like me — added to a simple cheddar grilled cheese sandwich. I’d like a jar of this relish in my fridge at all times this winter!

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by Sarah Steimer

The toasted walnut puree looks a little odd, but man is it good. All of this is good. It's so perfect for a party or a picnic or shoving into my mouth at lightspeed.

The toasted walnut puree looks a little odd, but man is it good. All of this is good. It’s so perfect for a party or a picnic or shoving into my mouth at lightspeed.


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by Sarah Steimer

Some days I really crave a good Mediterranean-style meal with really bold flavors. This meal accomplished just that, and I happened to have everything in the fridge I needed (including the surprise of goat cheese that Bill happened to pick up the other day).

Some days I really crave a good Mediterranean-style meal with really bold, simple flavors. This meal accomplished just that, and I happened to have everything in the fridge I needed (including the surprise of goat cheese that Bill happened to pick up the other day).


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Caitlin Saniga

Lentil salad with roasted red pepper and chickpeas

This light and flavorful meal packs a lot of protein. If red peppers aren’t in season when you make this recipe, use canned peppers instead.

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by Sarah Steimer

  • 4 red peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped
  • 1 very ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
  • olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a heavy pot or a Dutch oven. Add the carrots, shallots and a pinch of salt, cooking until soft but not brown. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Add the pear, roasted red peppers and stock to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes.

Ladle the mixture, working about half at a time, into a blender. Puree until smooth, returning the soup to the pot.

Add the paprika and chili power, along with additional salt to taste. Serve topped with vegetable chips or sour cream (or both).

Recipe adapted from: NPR

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by Sarah Steimer

This dish was the result of waking up late from a nap and realizing I had no plan for dinner, but just odds and ends in the fridge, including leftover ground chuck that needed to be cooked ASAP. Worked out pretty well, I’d say.

  • 1/2 pound ground chuck
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, roasted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 banana pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 1/2-inch slices of precooked polenta (the kind that comes in a tube)
  • 1/2 ball fresh mozzarella

In a medium bowl, mix together the ground chuck, red pepper flakes, egg, breadcrumbs and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Form the mixture into meatballs that are smaller than a golf ball, about 1 inch in diameter.

Heat enough olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the meatballs to the pan and cook until browned on all sides, turning as they cook. The meatballs should only take about 10 minutes to cook, but cut one in half to ensure it is cooked through. Remove the meatballs from the pan and let drain on a paper towel.

Clean out the pan and heat more oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan, letting both soften. Add the roasted red pepper, banana pepper and tomato. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook until the banana pepper has begun to soften, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and pulse just enough times to create a lumpy sauce. Return the mixture to the pan and adjust the seasoning (just salt and pepper in this case).

Arrange the polenta slices on two plates, three slices per plate. Microwave just until warm, about 20 seconds.

Top the polenta with slices fresh mozzarella. Add the meatballs on top, followed by the pepper-tomato sauce. Serve immediately.

Makes two servings.

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by Caitlin Saniga

We made these pizzas the first day of my visit to Aunt Kay’s in New York. We used what she had in her fridge: little bits of produce, some bacon, spices and cheese. It was a delicious combination. So forage in your fridge. This is a great recipe to use for leftovers and scraps.

  • 4 6-inch flour tortillas
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked for 2 minutes in the microwave
  • 1 red pepper, roasted, skin removed and julienned
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 small zucchini, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 3/4 cup shaved mozzarella cheese
  • cayenne pepper, to taste

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place 2 tortillas on each baking sheet. Brush the tortillas with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Use paper towels to soak any extra grease from the bacon, and cut the bacon into 1-inch lengths. Divide the bacon among the tortillas. Do the same with the red pepper strips, onion, zucchini, capers and mozzarella. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper.

Place the baking trays on separate racks in the oven. Cook about 7 minutes, then rotate the trays, checking for doneness. Cook 5-7 minutes longer, allowing the tortillas and bacon to crisp and the cheese to melt and begin to bubble. Serve immediately.

Makes 4.

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by Sarah Steimer

The recipe I found called this a fall soup - which I could see. But artichokes say spring to me, not fall. I assume they were thinking more about the peppers. But both my artichokes and peppers were from jars/cans so I guess I have no argument either way.

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter OR olive oil
  • 1/4 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken OR vegetable stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 1 cup roasted red bell peppers, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

    I roasted my extra chickpeas (remember that?) with a little chili powder for a garnish.

In a medium pot or Dutch oven, sauté the onions and garlic in the butter (or olive oil) until softened, then remove from the heat.

Add the chicken stock, milk, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, bell peppers, olive oil, salt and pepper, sautéed onions and garlic mixture in a blender. Pulse until you reach your desired consistency – although it does thicken up a little when you heat it.

Pour the mixture back into the pot or Dutch oven and heat through on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until hot enough to serve.

Makes about four servings.

Recipe adapted from: The Family Kitchen

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