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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Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto

Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque Recipe with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto - Andrea Meyers

The crazy cold weather last week left us shivering. Up north people are more prepared for it than we are here in the Mid-Atlantic region. We had the fireplace going most of the day and sipped hot tea to stay warm, and ate some hot soup for dinner, which is fine by me because soup… 

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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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Roasted Acorn Squash with Cranberry, Apple, and Quinoa Stuffing

Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe with Cranberry, Apple, and Quinoa Stuffing - Andrea Meyers

Roasted acorn squash is one of my favorite vegetarian or vegan meals because the squash is such a great palette for stuffing with all sorts of grains and vegetables, and this recipe is one of my favorites. The squash roasts while you make the quinoa stuffing on the stove, then finishes all together with a… 

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Waldorf Brussels Sprout Salad

Waldorf Brussels Sprout Salad Recipe - Andrea Meyers

I’ve been trying to get my guys interested in Brussels sprouts for several years, and I’ve prepared them many different ways, but this is the first recipe that finally got Michael on board with sprouts. It’s a Cooking Light riff on the traditional Waldorf salad with shredded Brussels sprouts, celery, apples, and nuts. The boys dove… 

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Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach Curry with Quinoa

Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach Curry Recipe with Quinoa - Andrea Meyers

All that wet, cool weather we had last week kept us indoors. Every time I had to go out, I got drenched and chilled. I was ready for the fall temperatures, just not eight inches of rain in six days. Thank you very much, Tropical Storm Karen. Staying trapped indoors for a week got a… 

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Butternut Squash Au Gratin with Mushrooms and Bacon

Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe with Mushrooms and Bacon - Andrea Meyers

I think this post officially beats my record for the earliest Thanksgiving recipe, but I can’t help it; this butternut squash au gratin is just too good to wait until Turkey Day. Make it for Sunday dinner sometime with roasted chicken, turkey, or pork, and then again for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s definitely a keeper.

Persian Jeweled Rice, aka Wedding Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Persian Jeweled Rice Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Fragrant rice dishes are one of my favorite food memories from my time in the Middle East. Widely known as pilaf (aka polow, pilav, pilau, pulao, and other names), these rice dishes vary in texture and ingredients based on the country of origin. Pilafs may include spices, meat, nuts, dried fruits, and vegetables, and have… 

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Moroccan Roasted Salmon with Mango Salsa and Quinoa Spinach

Moroccan Roasted Salmon Recipe with Mango Salsa and Quinoa Spinach - Andrea Meyers

School has started again, and just like every year, we get crazy busy with school activities, sports, and other things that fill our weeknights and weekends. All of the above on top of work can put a damper on dinner preparations, leaving me scrambling some days. Lately, that’s been more often than not.