Roasted Squash Orzo

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I am really feeling fall this year. This time last year, I was about to move and I missed out on making any fun autumn-themed goodies. So this season I am taking full advantage of all of the pumpkin puree, gorgeous squash, and crisp apples that I can get my hands on!

I saw this recipe online one day and it got stuck in my head. Then at the farmer’s market I found the delicata squash that the recipe called for and snatched it up immediately. I had never tried delicata before but oh man, it was crazy good. You need to go out, get some, roast it just like I did and just eat it. It’s like a squash sweet potato? I don’t know how to describe–it’s just GOOD.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This is about to be devoured

This is about to be devoured

As soon as the weather even so much as teases colder temperatures, I find myself chomping at the bit to make soup. To me, soup is as comforting to make as it is to eat. It’s so simple and you have the ability to layer flavors and add in hidden veggies–so what’s not to like? This Broccoli Cheddar soup came from a Google search in which I landed here. I was looking for something that didn’t use a ton of cream because I wanted to keep it as light as possible.

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Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Sauce

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I am a seafood purist. I still think there is nothing better than a good fillet of salmon with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Zesty basil sauce, however, is one of my favorites ways to spruce up a boring piece of fish. I use this for Mahi Mahi as well most other white fish like tilapia and flounder.

The recipe is from Paula Deen but I’m pretty sure I started making this sauce prior to her demise…but I’m not certain. So, this may be a politically incorrect fish, BUT in a whole new way.

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Beef and Quinoa Meatballs

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Meatballs are a kind of weird thing to like but I love them. You can make a sandwich out of them, eat them with spaghetti or if you’re like me, sometimes they’re good all of their own! You don’t hear much about meatballs these days but I’m thinking they’re going to have a resurgence some day just like burgers, cauliflower and fro-yo have. In three years when someone dubs meatballs the food of summer, don’t say I didn’t tell you so!!!

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Elimination Diet Vegetable Soup

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After returning home from a little trip to Las Vegas, I was feeling leery about returning to the kitchen. Little sleep, the hot desert weather and one red-eye plane ride later, I began to think I forgot how to cook. But after indulging in too much good food & drink, my body was craving some healthy home cooking (and also a few more In-N-Out burgers but since we don’t have them on the East Coast, I quickly got over that urge…)

This is the last Gwyneth Paltrow recipe for a long time, I promise!!! This is a part of her “elimination diet” recipes. You can read more about it at her website: Goop.com. And after days of eating in excess, this vegetarian, easy on the stomach meal was BADLY needed. Badly.

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Healthy, Vegan, but Absolutely Delicious Risotto

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I have been lucky to get my hands on a copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good. I borrowed the book and it will be a very sad day when I have to finally return it so I have been on a rampage, making my way through the recipes quickly so I can take notes on all the good ones I liked! I owe Gwyneth an apology. Well not really, because I’m sure she doesn’t care that I thought she was a big old snob and I might have made fun of her for pretending she knew anything about cooking because every celeb thinks they can write a book or worse a cookbook. Most cannot but G.P. really can. Sorry for doubting you, G.P.!

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Cold Avocado Corn Soup with Cilantro Oil

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Philadelphia has been in the midst of a major heat wave so I had been planning on making chilled soup. The Jersey corn on the cob at the Farmer’s Market looked so good that I bought enough to have two nights in a row. One night we cooked it on the grill, in its husks Bobby Flay style–which was seriously the best corn on the cob I’ve ever had. Remove most of the husks but leave just enough to protect the corn from getting burnt. Soak it for a while in a pot of water and then put directly on the grill. The result is the most delicious corn ever. Try this immediately!

But the soup–this was equally as impressive as the corn on the cob. When I saw the recipe called for a serrano chile, my first instinct was to remove the seeds, even though the directions said otherwise. Please for the love of anything listen to whoever wrote this recipe because he/she KNOWS what he/she is talking about.

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