Linguine with Fresh Tomato, Basil and Garlic

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So fragrant! Throwing chopped tomatoes, basil and crushed garlic into hot pasta brings out all the aromas and delivers flavors at the peak of freshness.

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The girls loved it! Lots of olive oil and crushed garlic put this over the top.

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Parmesan cheese brought it all together!

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The freshness of summer is right around the corner!

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Steamed Veggies with Pesto and Arugula Salad with Lemon and Olive oil

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I eat steamed veggies everyday, usually kale, broccoli, spinach and whatever else may be fresh that day.

Keeping it interesting is sometimes a challange.

The last thing that I want to do is add more empty calories.

I have been in the habit of keeping homemade pesto in my fridge and freezer.

I make mine with basil. olive oil, garlic and pine nuts. Real simple; real fast and real food.

I plop about 1 tablespoon on steamed veggies and it is a meal.

Another tip that I like to share is that I always slice garlic into the vegetables while they are steaming. It adds rich flavor.

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This meal is filling and will keep me going all day!

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This arugula is my new favorite! Just greens with some fresh squeezed lemon and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

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So delicious, full of healthy fats, high in fiber and low in calories.

Meatless Monday! Rice Pilaf with Pine Nuts and Garbanzo Beans

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Meatless Monday! has become an event around here.

Often, I’ll have guests and serve cocktails.

The children are always looking forward to what the day will bring.

Today, I gave careful consideration to Meatless Monday! and decided that trading meat for copious amounts of cheese, eggs and cream wasn’t truly in the spirit of what I was trying to achieve.

The carbon footprint of Meatless Monday! could be improved.

Today’s meal is vegan.

It is a healthy and complete one pot dish.

You can look at it as a kind of cleanse from a weekend of dining out and a fresh start to the week.

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The kids rolled in on a rainy cold afternoon and asked if there was something hot to eat.

This rice pilaf got rave reviews from my girls.

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Ingredients

1 cup brown basmati rice
2 cups water
1 large carrot
1/2 white onion
3 scallions
4-5 cloves garlic
1/4 cup cilantro
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup corn
1 cup peas
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

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Method

In a large saute pan add olive oil, garlic, onion, carrots, rice and pine nuts.

Allow to simmer for a few minutes.

Then add corn, peas and scallions.

Allow to simmer a few more minutes then add water and cilantro and allow too cook until the rice is tender.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with more cilantro

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Steve Carell and Roasted Tomato, Basil Pesto Pizza!

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OK! So it wasn’t Steve Carell but it was a real fantastic pizza!

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This guy was hilarious and ate up all the attention that his “Steve Carell-esque” similarity would allow!

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This pizza, on the other hand, was the real thing and Delish!

Thin crispy crust with a light touch of fontina cheese and the freshest basil pesto and olive oil.

Gently roasted cherry tomatoes “pop” when you bite into them and ooz warm tomato-y goodness.

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Beet Salad with Pistachios, Al Fresco!

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The first outdoor dining of the 2010 season!

How exciting it is to sit in the warm sun for an afternoon lunch.

The gold and red beet salad was light and delicious with the added touch of pistachios.

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The sun was a welcome ingredient after a long winter.

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Tartine is the best place to enjoy al fresco dining in town.

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Gorgeous beets and a light vinaigrette.

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