Grilled Zucchini and Hazelnut Salad

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We made this at  New School of Cooking,  and I was immediately impressed with how good it was.  Zucchini had never blown me away before, but I’m not gonna lie this recipe has been a major game-changer.  Every time I make it for a group, people go nuts and it’s now one of our weekly veggie dishes. It’s even better if you have a spouse who loves to grill, but even if you don’t have a standard grill you can use a grill...

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Basic Massaged Kale Salad


I still remember the first kale salad I ever had.  I loved it.  It was in 2009 at Gjelina, a restaurant I used to work at in Venice, CA.  I ordered it after every shift.  I couldn’t believe how much I loved kale.  I ended up actually craving the superfood daily. Years later, organic kale salads have become a staple in my home, and I eat one almost every single day.  But people always tell me they don’t know how to make it taste...

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Healthy Thanksgiving Sides


Well…the holidays are here again!  My family is coming in town for Thanksgiving, and they’re all staying with us.  Oh, and did I mention we have a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment with a narrow kitchen?  I know… you think I’m crazy, but thank God they’re awesome people & we cherish the inevitable craziness that will be.  I seriously cannot wait till they get here. I’m also cooking Thanksgiving...

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Carrot, Avocado & Orange Salad


Some of you may know,  I’ve had the pleasure of taking cooking classes at the New School of Cooking in Culver City.  I have to give a shout out to my girl, Lindsay of Week Night Bite, for introducing me to this paradise for foodies. It has become such a joy to learn, cook and eat there!  And one of the best parts, besides getting to eat like a queen, are the numerous, incredible recipes I get to take home. Following recipes has never...

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Orzo, Black Bean & Mango Salad

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This is a very sentimental recipe. My husband made this for me on our very first Valentine’s Day together. He got the recipe from a friend, and I was immediately impressed. I mean–a man who cooks?!? Woohoo! I just doctored it up a little and put my own spin on it (here’s a picture of the entire meal from 2007 when he was just my boyfriend–no wonder I fell for him )! 1 C. dried orzo pasta 1 can black beans-rinsed ½ can of...

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