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Rhubarb Crisp

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Rhubarb Crisp

By Alicia Ghio

Most of the time, rhubarb is paired with wonderfully sweet strawberries. This recipe, however, highlights just how delicious rhubarb can be all on its own. I keep this crisp on the tart side, which, to me, really lets the rhubarb shine. If you have more of a sweet tooth, you can always add more honey…

Strawberry Avocado Salsa

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Strawberry Avocado Salsa

By Alicia Ghio

Strawberry season is finally here in Connecticut. These sweet gems deserve to be enjoyed beyond breakfast or dessert. They provide a wonderful natural sweetness to savory dishes, especially salads and salsas. When selecting strawberries, don’t worry about shape or size; focus on color. Look for bright red. If there’s white around the stem or in…

Bacon & Leek Pasta

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Bacon & Leek Pasta

By Alicia Ghio

Leeks and bacon are a perfect match. Add some pasta to the mix, and you have a salty, savory, slightly sweet, crave-worthy dinner on your hands. If you haven’t cooked with leeks before, it’s important to know that they grow in sandy soil, so they can be gritty and need to be thoroughly cleaned. Here’s…

Creamy Mojo Criollo

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Creamy Mojo Criollo

By Alicia ghio

This recipe is a creamy twist on a traditional Cuban garlic sauce known as mojo criollo. For a traditional mojo criollo, there are a few basic ingredients you can always count on: sour orange juice, fresh garlic, and salt. Optional herbs and spices include oregano, paprika, cumin and black pepper. It can also be made…

Low Carb Southwest Steak Burrito Bowls

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Low Carb Southwest Steak Burrito Bowls

By Alicia Ghio

Think of this meal as a deconstructed steak burrito. It’s got the steak, beans, corn and fresh salsa you’d expect, but it’s all placed on top of riced cauliflower instead of being wrapped in the flour tortilla with lots of rice. It’s healthy, low carb and full of flavor. Plus, it comes together in under…

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

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Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

By Alicia Ghio

Minimal prep. Maximum flavor. This vegan curry filled with pantry staples is healthy, hearty and chock full of spices, perfect for eating next to the fireplace on a cold winter evening. I love a good “set it and forget it” dish. Simmered all day in the crock-pot, the aromatic spices and creamy coconut milk form…

Cranberry Almond Scones

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Cranberry Almond Scones

By Alicia Ghio

These dense, crumbly scones are surprisingly filling and perfect for munching on with a hot cup of coffee. This recipe is not your average scone recipe. It doesn’t use dairy, refined sugars and refined grains. You could dare say these scones are healthy, not necessarily low calorie, but certainly full of good-for-you ingredients. You can…

Sesame Ginger Edamame Spaghetti

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Sesame Ginger Edamame Spaghetti

By Alicia Ghio

A spaghetti recipe in January? At a time when of year when people swear off carbs and head back to the gym? Yes, because this is a spaghetti recipe that fits into health goals. The key ingredient is a box of edamame spaghetti by the brand Explore Cuisine. It’s made from organic soybeans. Just soybeans….

Grown Up Grilled Cheese

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Grown Up Grilled Cheese

By Alicia Ghio

Chances are if it’s a snowy (or way-too-cold-to-go-outside) work-from-home kind of day, we’re making grilled cheeses for lunch. As an adult, my tastes have evolved and so have my grilled cheese making skills. Here are a few of my tips. Use quality ingredients. Use real butter, a quality whole grain bread and real cheese. Use frozen…

Boozy Rice Pudding

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Boozy Rice Pudding

By Alicia Ghio

I don’t make or even eat rice pudding very often. I am not sure why; it’s certainly easy to make and even easier to eat. There’s something about it that is unpretentious and yet so satisfying. It takes me back to childhood and those simpler times. This holiday season I decided to create a “grown…

Maple Mustard Roast Pork Tenderloin

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Maple Mustard Roast Pork Tenderloin

By Alicia Ghio

We typically do Sunday dinner as a family. Sometimes it’s fancy, and sometimes it simple comfort food. It doesn’t really matter; it’s more important that we get together, share a meal, talk about our week, and connect. It’s a tradition. At this time of year, as the temperatures fall and we all gear up for…