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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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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Fruit Salad with Kiwi, Strawberries, and Mango (The Kids Cook Monday)

Fruit Salad Recipe with Kiwi, Strawberries, and Mango - Andrea Meyers

When I started writing this blog in 2006, my boys were all very young. I was pregnant with Monkey Boy, and the other two were still in diapers, so they weren’t much help in the kitchen. Still, I wanted them to start learning about cooking at an early age, so I had a laundry basket… 

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Tomato and Raisin Chutney

Tomato and Raisin Chutney - Andrea Meyers

I remember August of last year very clearly. Our tomato plants were producing like crazy, and we were bringing in five to ten pounds each night. Michael and I looked at each other and said it was time to get a pressure canner. Until then, I’d only canned high-acid tomato recipes, and seven years ago… 

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Quinoa Avocado Salad with Parsley, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lemon Vinaigrette

Quinoa Avocado Salad Recipe with Parsley, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lemon Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers

It’s June, school is out, and the vegetables are starting to pop in the garden, all signs that it’s summer, even if the weather still feels like spring. I enjoy walking through the garden in the morning, watering and checking for signs of critters and weeds. It’s a relaxing way to start my day.

Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spices

Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spices - Andrea Meyers

I planted our first carrots two years ago. We have raised beds over heavy clay soil, so I opted for shorter Danvers half longs. Crop failure the first year, then finally last year we got some. Monkey Boy was so excited when he pulled them and realized that carrots really do grow underground. So our… 

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From the Pantry: Thai Yellow Curry Paste (Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Broccoli Curry)

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Broccoli Curry

Thai yellow curry paste is a refrigerator staple in our house, one that I dip into on a regular basis. It has a milder curry flavor, not as hot as panang, green, or red curry paste, and is great with vegetarian or vegan curries. I use it to spice up coconut curries, rice, and even… 

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Dry Beans and Legumes Cooking Chart

Andrea Meyers - Dry Beans and Lentils

I will use canned beans in a pinch because they are convenient, but increasingly I cook dry beans from scratch because I control the ingredients, such as the amount of salt which is often high in canned beans. I also prefer the flavor of freshly cooked beans over canned, though possibly the best reason is… 

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