Greek Millet Tabbouleh (Gluten-Free)


I’ve been wilting like spinach in a screaming hot pan in this humidity and heat. I dropped two of my boys off at camp and drove away after giving the hairy eyeball to all the counselors to try to ascertain whether or not they were secret closet psychos. Conclusion: They are all wonderful people. I’m…

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Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad


I have something special for you today. Yesterday, I gave you my husband’s all-time favourite entrée. Today, I’m giving you his all-time favourite salad. Tomorrow, I’ll give you his all-time favourite appetizer. If I believed in keeping secret recipes*, these three would be at the top of the list because they make you look so…

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Simple Garlicky Green Bean Stir Fry


Let’s review the rules of Tasty Penance. I give you a highly caloric or nutritionally suspect recipe that is irresistible (par example: this.) I feel guilty. I offer a recipe that is nutritionally sound and legitimately good for you that also tastes irresistible. I’m off the hook and feel free to give you more naughty…

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Ninfa’s Green Sauce (Bonus Recipe Hack)


Full disclosure: I’ve spent some time in Houston but I’ve never been to Ninfa’s. I’m not even sure I’m pronouncing the name properly. Is it NIN-fahz? NEEN-fahz? neen-FAHZ? However you say it, though, I now want to eat there desperately because if this sauce is a sign of what they have to offer… Well, let’s…

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Spicy Asian Broccoli

spicy asian chile garlic broccoli

  If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know about my fixation, er, obsession, um, desperate love for Asian food. You may even have been here long enough to read my sob story about my favourite restaurant ever of all time for eternity Amen closing its doors so the proprietor could retire*. If…

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Black Olive Penguins


Okay, everyone. Say it with me in 3…2..1… Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Come on. Isn’t that the most clever things you’ve ever seen? At a recent Christmas craft event put on by our homeschool group, one rockstar mom (hi, Tonya!) eschewed the usual brownies, cookies, fudge and mints (not that there’s anything wrong with those and may I…

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Dolores’s Egg and Olive Sandwiches


Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, I discovered I liked two things; egg salad and green olives.* Furthermore, I learned that I liked them combined. This epiphany -after twenty something years of thinking that I despised both things- came at the table of my mother-in-law, Dolores. * I found egg salad gloppy and rich…

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