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by Sarah Steimer

Fennel and carrot soup

The deep flavors of this soup could almost be mistaken for a bit of bacon fat or another meat product, but it all stems from slowly cooking the vegetables. Even the browned butter walnuts add another layer of depth to this very simple soup. The cream wouldn’t be totally necessary, but it’s certainly a nice touch (especially with that maple syrup).

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by Sarah Steimer

Vegan gingerbread cheesecake bites

I’m a huge fan of cheesecake (the actual, regular kind), but I’d always been curious about vegan cheesecake. I made these little bites for a party, so not only was it a nice, guilt-free item among the less healthy options, but it was something that my friend with a gluten allergy could enjoy as well. As you can see, I also made a pan without the gingerbread spices, but topped with pomegranate arils.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Sauteed squash with kale pesto and walnuts

Droopy kale leaves and a bunch of small squash were my inspiration for this dish. It turned out lovely — flavorful and filling.

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by Sarah Steimer

Nettle pesto

I tried nettle pesto for the first time last year at a yoga retreat in Indiana. I don’t know if it was the full day of down dogs and warriors, but the nettle pesto tasted amazing at dinner one evening. It also only traveled a matter of yards from the grounds to our table. I spotted a bunch of nettles at the farmer’s market late this spring and immediately whipped up a similar batch. It was just as satisfying as the first time I tried it.

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by Sarah Steimer

Banana-walnut chocolate chip cookies

Happy four-year blogging anniversary to us! I wish I could send these cookies to Caitlin so we could celebrate together. Frankly — I think that about most of the recipes I make. We get to share this blog, but we rarely get to share the meals. Thanks for being an amazing long-distance blog partner, Caitlin!

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by Caitlin Saniga

Carrot soup with dill pesto

Carrots, dill and (usually) butter are a classic combo, but puree the carrots and dill separately and you’re on to something new.

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by Sarah Steimer

Kale salad with savory granola and avocado

I am all about a crouton… that isn’t a crouton. This savory granola has a great crunch and significantly more flavor than your average toasted bread cube. Nothing against the classic, though, of course.

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by Caitlin Saniga | photo by Joel Hawksley

Lemon-ricotta campenelle with toasted walnuts

This pasta is a great make-ahead meal for work lunches. I packed it as a lunch for a week straight: Each day I’d bring one large container of pasta and one small container of extra olive oil for drizzling. I mixed the walnuts in with the large original batch, so they softened over time, but I didn’t really mind it because they maintained lots of toasted flavor. If you prefer your walnuts to have some crunch, pack them separately.

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by Sarah Steimer

Orange-scented granola

This granola offers just a hint of orange flavor and scent, but it’s just enough. I also add a few orange slices to my bowl for breakfast. It’s winter — go ahead and throw in some extra vitamin C anywhere you possibly can.

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by Sarah Steimer

Pasta with brown butter beets and orange-sage ricotta

Don’t skimp on the seasoned ricotta! The orange zest and sage really add a fresh bite to the earthy pasta. The walnuts are a must as well, for the crunch factor. This dish is a playful pink for Valentine’s Day — but it also offers some very deep, wonderful flavors and velvety texture. Romance on a plate!

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