Category Archives: Appetizers

Snack or Side: Zesty Caramelized Butternut Squash

This may not be your typical Sunday afternoon football snackie, but a bowl of salty, slightly spicy, caramelized cubes of butternut squash fit the bill for me last weekend.  This easy-to-make hot snack (or side dish) has all the nesty … Continue reading

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Simple Things: Chipotle-Ranch Bean Dip

I love to cook (um… obviously). For me, cooking is a relaxing, creative outlet, and one of my favorite ways to end a busy work day. While following an anti-inflammatory diet keeps me energetic and pain-free most of the time, I … Continue reading

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CSA Season: Quick Veggie Sides for Weeknight Meals (GF/DF/V)

During CSA season, when organic, locally grown vegetables are delivered to our door weekly, we enjoy a lot of simple, anti-inflammatory meals that come together quickly and easily.  We pair vegetable side dishes with pan-cooked or grilled fish, meat, or … Continue reading

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Madeira-Glazed Radishes (GF/DF/V)

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. In fact, it’s so simple I hesitate to even call it a “recipe.” It’s also perfect for this time of year, when bumper crops of radishes are filling CSA shares and farmer’s market stalls.  Even if … Continue reading

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Lemony-Peppery Kohlrabi Salad (GF/DF/V)

I love the crisp texture and clean flavor of raw kohlrabi bulb, which I find reminiscent of peeled broccoli stalk.  Kohlrabi is a member of the anti-inflammatory Brassica family, along with cabbage, broccoli, and kale, to name a few.  Both the bulb … Continue reading

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Growing Edible Mushrooms

We had a beautiful but problematic redbud tree in our backyard. It had been poorly planted too close to the neighboring yard, and our neighbors gently complained every now and again about a large branch extending over their fence. Several of the … Continue reading

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Mini Farinata Cups (GF/DF/V)

Farinata, made from a batter of seasoned chickpea flour and water and cooked in a generously oiled cast-iron skillet, has a texture somewhere between polenta and flatbread. In France and Italy, it is traditionally baked thin, until crisp at the … Continue reading

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Anti-Inflammatory Hot & Sour Soup (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Hot and sour soup is one of those dishes that makes me feel, keenly, that food truly is medicine. The first time I tasted this soup as a kid, I was put off by its viscosity and potent tang. By … Continue reading

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Go-To Anti-Inflammatory Meals: Grain-Free Okonomiyaki (GF/DF)

The Japanese dish okonomiyaki suggests the improbably perfect offspring of a hearty winter salad and a pancake. It’s also an ideal dish when cooking a quick, healthy dinner for one (although that shouldn’t stop you from cooking it for a crowd, too!) … Continue reading

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Curried Carrot Dip (GF/DF/V)

I’m sticking with last week’s vegetable-based dip theme, because this recipe offers an appetizingly high return on the very small amount of time you need to invest in it. The fabulous thing about healthful, nutrient-packed dips is that they can … Continue reading

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