Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts

green beans with pine nuts

When we were in South Korea for 10 days, aside from the tour to the DMZ D was most looking forward to the Starcraft Tournament in Seoul. Back before our blogging and travel planning days started, D was a part-time computer gamer – limited to the computer game Starcraft II. When I would be cooking… 

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Japchae – Korean Glass Noodle Stir Fry


Japchae is a Korean dish made with glass (sweet potato starch) noodles and vegetables. I have had glass noodle dishes before but never been served them by Koreans, so when our couchsurfing hosts in Gyeongu, South Korea mentioned that Japchae would accompany the acorn jelly salad for dinner I was elated.

Quinoa with Pesto Tomatoes and Corn

Quinoa with Pesto

To switch it up a little bit from the few Asian themed recipes I posted recently today I’m sharing a quinoa recipe. I fell in love with quinoa earlier this year and used to cook it at least once a week. It will definitely be one of the foods I will miss while I’m frolicking around Asia… 

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Quinoa with Eggplant and Roasted Red Peppers

Quinoa with Eggplant and Feta

How is it August 21st already? Where has the time gone? How is it possible that I’m turning 24 in only a few days!?!?! When I was younger I used to think that when you turned a certain age you just started to feel that age (or how I  thought you should feel at that… 

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Daring Cooks August 2012 – Polenta with Roasted Vegetables and Feta {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Polenta with Oven Roasted Vegetables

How is it August already? Where does the time go, and why has it started speeding up and flying by? I feel like it was just memorial day, and now labor day is already right around the corner. Well I really can’t even recall what I’ve been doing with all my free time this summer,… 

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Toasted Quinoa with Mushrooms and Asian Flavors {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Quinoa with Mushrooms and Asian Flavors

This quinoa with mushrooms and asian flavors has quickly become one of my new favorite recipes. My relationship with quinoa got off to a rocky start last year but once I gave it another chance and cooked it correctly I was hooked. High in protein and gluten free, quinoa is way healthier than white rice/pasta… 

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Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

sundried tomato pesto

I love having home made pesto in the fridge. It’s perfect for all snacking occasions. When I come home from work starving, lacking even the energy to make it through cooking dinner, dipping a few crackers into this vegan sun dried tomato pesto refuels me and holds me over until dinner. Or there are those… 

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Baked Squash and Pesto Gratin

squash gratin with pesto and gruyere

Last Thursday I received my third From the Farmer DC Delivery. They always deliver the baskets between 4 and 7am so I giddily wake up for work, rush to the front door and unpack the basket of goodies, all excited to see what fresh fruits and veggies are in store for me. Kind of like a child… 

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie for Secret Recipe Club

blueberry banana apple smoothie

This is my first time participating in the Secret Recipe Club where each month you are assigned a food blog and on the selected day you are to post a recipe from that food blogger. This month’s I was assigned Lynn’s blog from Cafe Lynnylu. She’s had the blogging running since 2005 (wow) and aside… 

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