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Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto

So my local Safeway sells kale one way and one way only: in a massive, Costco-sized three-pound bag. None of this namby-pamby “by the bunch” b.s. you see at Whole Foods. Nope, Safeway looks you right in the face and says “Hey man. If you want some kale, you’d better WANT SOME KALE.” Challenge accepted,[click for recipe and more]

Arugula Pesto

Arugula Pesto

“A-rooooo-gula. It’s a VEG-E-TA-BLE.” I can’t so much as think about arugula without hearing Steve Martin explaining to a supermarket full of people he sees as bumpkins what “a-ROOOOO-gula” is. In “My Blue Heaven,” Martin plays a mobster in witness protection in a much smaller town than he’s used to. In the famous supermarket scene,[click for recipe and more]

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Hummus is one of those things that’s so readily available on grocery shelves that we rarely think to make it ourselves (by “we,” in this case, I am talking about “me”). Even though I grew up with homemade hummus, even though I am half-Lebanese and therefore pretty sure that I have some variation of hummus[click for recipe and more]

Rustic Hand-chopped Pesto

Rustic Hand-chopped Pesto

Okay, I normally don’t use words like “rustic” to describe recipes. In my kitchen, it’s a running joke that if something turns out edible but supremely unattractive, it gets classified as “rustic.” The banana bread that overrose its pan and spilled over the sides? Rustic. Mushroom gravy that tasted divine but looked like something you’d[click for recipe and more]

Blood Orange Curd

Blood Orange Curd

Last week, I impulse bought a 3-pound bag of blood oranges during a 6 AM trip to the grocery store. Clearly, I was not entirely awake, or I would’ve remembered the identical 3-pound bags of blood oranges I bought over the previous two winters that sat unused in my produce drawer until, shriveled and dried up,[click for recipe and more]

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