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Corn and Green Bean Salad with a Mint Yogurt Dressing

Corn and Green Bean Salad with a Mint Yogurt Dressing

When we bought our first house in Astoria with it came a small garden that, come every spring, would become overgrown with dense stems of bright green mint. After our move  just over two years ago, I made sure to transplant some of that vibrant mint to our new garden so that for the latter half of spring, all of summer and most of fall we always have fresh mint on hand.
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Sausage over Creamy Golden Lentils

Sausage over Creamy Golden Lentils

A couple of weeks ago I received some samples of heirloom beans from Marx Foods. The company had gotten some new stock and quickly posted an announcement on its site, that a cup of any two of the varieties would be sent out to bloggers willing to test drive the pulses. I opted in and was sent a cup each of the Petite Golden Lentils and Marrow Beans.
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Cherry Tahini Crumble

Cherry Tahini Crumble

Looking for a way to use up all those plump, shiny red cherries popping up all across fruit markets these days? Are you also thinking about your waistline and the fact that a sweet cherry dessert will no doubt fuel your summer-clothing (ehem, beachwear) anxiety? Hmmmm … of course you can bake your cherries into a rich pie enveloped in a buttery …  flaky … crust … [snaps fingers to stop the daydreaming] … but remember: waistline, summer, beach, dare I say bikini. So, do yourself a favor and make these Cherry Tahini Crumbles instead.
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Rib Eye Steaks Topped with Sauteed Orange Peppers and Tomatoes

Rib Eye Steaks Topped with Sauteed Orange Peppers and Tomatoes

Summer’s in the air. The humidity forecast for tomorrow is a definite indicator. No worries. After a long winter and an unreasonably cool spring, it’s welcomed … at least by me. It’s no wonder I was craving a dish lighter and brighter in flavor tonight. So when I pulled out some rib eye steaks I’d stowed away in the freezer a couple of weeks ago, my thoughts instantly turned to Steak Pizzaiola.
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Pasta with Peas in a Minted Cream Sauce — Ζυμαρικά με Aρακά και Δυόσμο

Pasta with Peas in a Minted Cream Sauce — Ζυμαρικά με Aρακά και Δυόσμο

The mint growing out in our garden is already flourishing so I was eager to use it in a light, vibrant pasta dish the other day. It had also been a long while since I’d cooked with heavy cream and as I had some in the fridge leftover from a dessert made a week or so ago, I decided to use it in this extremely simple, quick, family-friendly creamy pasta with peas and fresh mint.  This dish takes mere minutes to prepare, but then again most pasta dishes are ready before you can even say, “Al Dente!”
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Leek and Scallion Tart  — Τάρτα με Πράσα

Leek and Scallion Tart — Τάρτα με Πράσα

I needed a quick appetizer/starter when I found out we’d be having company last minute a couple of weekends ago. So, in a frenzy I threw open the fridge and grabbed the leeks, scallions and parsley that were in the vegetable drawer, the eggs from the bottom shelf, some cheese from its appropriate drawer and the milk from the fridge’s top shelf. At this point, I was thinking a quiche or tart was the way to go.  

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