Abram Hecht

Four Steps to a Happy Thanksgiving

The most wonderful time of the year starts now. Are you ready?

Thanksgiving is upon us, and while it’s true that lots of (very exciting) other things await in the weeks following, the holiday that embraces all things savory and sweet is a favorite of mine. Food is the star of the Thanksgiving show and your kitchen is where it all begins.

With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks to help make sure your Thanksgiving is something to be thankful for:

A solid plan. If you are hosting this…

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Enjoy festive fall flavors with the kids with these four ideas

There is usually more flour on the floor than in the pie dough. Apple skins somehow wind up in almost every room in the house and it’s not that uncommon for marjoram to be mistaken for cinnamon.

When it comes to cooking, patience is a virtue, yet when kids are involved,  it’s more than that. It’s survival.

From apple orchards to pumpkin farms, there is just something about fall that has always inspired the inner baker in me to break out my pie bird and put my oven to work. This is the first fall…

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Greek Quinoa Salad!

This is another one of our favorite recipes that we especially love for weeknights because it’s so easy to make.  It’s also a great source of protein (quinoa has been called the “queen of grains” as it provides about 9 grams of protein per cooked cup and is a “complete protein”).  Plus, if you make a big batch (like we do), you’ll have plenty of leftovers for lunch the rest of the week!

Ingredients:

  • 2.25 cups (dry) quinoa (plain)
  • 1 cup pitted…
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Mexican Layer Dip

We typically call this dish the “I-don’t-care-how-many-layers-it-is-just-give-me-the-bowl” Mexican Layer Dip.  It’s something we’ve been making for years and we love it because you can add or eliminate some of the layers, depending on what ingredients you have on hand.  And did we mention that it’s super easy to make and completely customizable based on your family’s preferences?  It’s a win-win dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refried beans (we used the Vegetarian version for this recipe, but any style will do!)
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Arugula and Quinoa Salad with Egg

This recipe came from our good friends at Good Bug Gardens, a CSA farm located in nearby Sterling, CT.  Every week, we get a bag of delicious, fresh, local vegetables, along with some neat ideas for turning these veggies into tasty dishes!  The recipe we’ll share below is great for an easy-to-make, light,healthy, downright delicious summer dinner dish.  Read on and be sure to let us know if you try it out!

Ingredients:

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Taco Recipe – from leftovers

Due to the fact that our local taqueria has been shut down (we’ll miss you Lazy Burrito!)… we needed another way to get our taco fix! So, we present you with (drum roll please)…

What’s left in the fridge??: TACOS!

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced
  • 1/2 lbs. beef (strips, ground – whatever you’ve got!)
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1…
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