From the Pantry: Merkén (Creamy Sweet Potato and Leek Soup)

Creamy Sweet Potato and Leek Soup Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We’re more than halfway through January, and yes I’m still working off those holiday pounds. Well, and there might have been a few before that that I’m working on, too. For most of the year we eat pretty healthy, it’s just that time between Halloween and New Year’s Day that is a bit dodgy for… 

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Polenta Toasts with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Port Cranberries

Polenta Toasts Recipe with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Port Cranberries - Andrea Meyers

I am generally not a fancy appetizers kind of gal, and in fact most of the time I am happy with hummus or some other dip, or nuts. You know, simple and tasty, not fussy. That all changes for the holidays. For Christmas parties I like the pretty stacked appetizers on crackers, baguette, or polenta… 

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Tuscan Cannellini Beans with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Pesto

Tuscan Cannellini Beans Recipe with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Pesto - Andrea Meyers

Last week we had our first hard frost. Autumn had been teasing us with frost warnings for almost a week, though nothing had come of it yet. We’d picked the last of the tomatoes and peppers, and our counters overflowed until we made the last batch of sauce and Michael chopped about 10 pounds of… 

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Mediterranean Spinach and Bean Salad

Mediterranean Spinach and Bean Salad Recipe - Andrea Meyers

A few weeks ago, after a good treadmill workout at the gym, I stopped in the café to grab a quick and healthy smoothie for lunch. They had some prepared salads in the cooler and I stopped to check out the selection, and this bean and spinach salad caught my eye. I adore garbanzo beans… 

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Campari Tomatoes Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Herbs

Campari Tomatoes Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Herbs Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Since we began growing our own tomatoes several years ago, we rarely ever buy tomatoes at the grocery store or market. We’re pretty much snowed under with tomatoes right now, and I’ve worked feverishly the last few days to preserve and cook with them. This year we are growing little grape tomatoes, Mr. Stripey and… 

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