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06 May Kale Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Pink Lady Apples, and White English Cheddar

Kale Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Pink Lady Apples, and White English Cheddar Yield: 2 Main, 4 SideCook Time: 10 MinutesI’ve been crazy busy lately, so have been turning to super simple chopped salads to get me through the day + I’m pretty obsessed with raw shredded kale so am always coming up with new combos to keep it from getting boring. This one is both fast and filled with kale goodness so it’s a new favorite- the toasted walnuts gives it some earthy crunch, the pink lady apple gives it some sweetness, the cheddar gives it some body and saltiness, and the honey mustard dressing gives it some tang.  For the dressing, I have given you proportions to make more than you probably need (I always get in dressing arguments with my mom- she likes really lightly dressed salads, I want them sopping- with this recipe you have enough to go...

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Cooking for Luv - Soba Noodle Cake Recipe

15 Apr Soba Noodle Cakes with Pickled Watermelon Radishes, Sriracha Cashews, and Miso Snap Peas

Soba Noodle Cakes with Pickled Watermelon Radishes, Sriracha Cashews, and Miso Snap Peas Yield: 4 Cakes Cook Time: 15 Minutes (Plus 1 Hour for Noodle Setting, 25 minutes for pickling) I luv Soba bowls, so I often tend to make a huge batch of noodles at the beginning of the week to keep on hand in the fridge. One time, the day after overcooking a batch and storing them to deal with later, I found that my Sobas had formed a solid mass in the bowl I had left them in. A flash of inspiration to cut the noodles into cakes ensued, and this delicious dish was born! The crunchy-soft-spicy-salty-tangy components of this dish make my mouth happy, and it’s really pretty to boot.Ingredients 1 9.5 Ounce Package of Soba Noodles (I like the Hakubaku brand for its price point on organic, but others are fine too!) 3 teaspoons Kosher Salt 2 Cups Sugar Snap Peas 2...

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08 Apr Polenta with Wild Mushrooms, White Wine, Goat Cheese, and Thyme

Polenta with Wild Mushrooms, White Wine, Goat Cheese, and Thyme Yield: 4 Servings Cook Time: 50 Minutes One of my favorite comfort foods is the Italian dish of Polenta, a ground corn meal that when combined with a liquid (usually water, stock, milk, or cream) and simmered creates the most deliciously comforting base ready for serving with any sauce you would normally use with pasta. You’ve probably seen those little tubes of pre-cooked Polenta at the grocery store, and while I’ll use them in a pinch if I need perfect rounds for a quick fried polenta appetizer, there is no comparison to slow-cooking your own on the stove top. When you use milk or cream, it takes on a creamy and luxuriously soft consistency, when you use water or stock you can set it to make a molded version that is slice-able. I usually eat it creamy and topped with a rich tomato...

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Cooking for Luv - Brussels Sprouts, Kale, and Beet Raw Salad

26 Feb Raw Kale, Brussels, and Beet Salad: Confetti Style

RAW KALE, BRUSSELS, AND BEET SALAD: CONFETTI STYLE Yield: Serves 6 as a side, 2 for a mainTime: 20 Minutes Brussels Sprout haters will not know what hit them with this salad: the raw super thin slices give a fresh twist to the loathed veggie. This key to the success is the light and airy texture you get from a Japanese Mandolin (purchase online or at any Japanese market for about $25). You can come close to replicating the paper thin shreds with some killer knife skills, but the amount of time you save and the precision and consistency you get from the mandolin can’t be matched. Be VERY careful with the blade, it is extremely sharp!  IngredientsSalad1 Bunch of Lacinado/Dino/Tuscan Kale (about ¾ Lb)1 Lb Brussels sprouts (the larger the sprouts the better)1 Small Red Beet1/4 Small Red Onion (about 2 TBS)3 TBS Shredded Parmesan Cheese (optional)1/4 Cup Toasted Walnuts DressingJuice from 1...

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