Clean

Start your week with something fresh, bright and clean – salad-based dinner with lean protein

white radishes


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Steam (or broil or grill) some fresh fish and serve with watercress, arugula & radish salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Make an entree salad with white beans, radishes and spring greens; top with poached chicken, steamed fish or soft-boiled eggs
  • Need a Miracle: Make a quick Salade Niçoise using canned tuna and steam-in-the-bag green beans

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Parting Thought

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
John Muir

Romantic

Cozy up over dinner that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside

romantic


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Sole Meunière with Roast Fingerling Potatoes & Herb Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Scallops in White Wine with Wild Rice Blend & Haricots Verts
  • Need a Miracle: Crab Cakes (from the grocery deli) over Spring Mix; Salted Caramel Gelato

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Parting Thought

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

Oscar Wilde

Spirited

Time to cook something with an extra kick to keep you warm through this (hopefully) last blast of winter

Hendricks


Food Ideas:

  • Love to Cook: Jerk Chicken with Rum Glaze
  • Weeknight Reality: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Tacos
  • Need a Miracle: Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Braised in Beer

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Parting Thought

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Albert Einstein

 

Roughage

Spring is coming. Really. So put some heft in your dinner and clear out the winter blues.

lettuce


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Composed Winter Salad with Whole Grain Bread
  • Weeknight Reality: Kale & Arugula Salad with Citrus Dressing and Raincoast Crisps
  • Need a Miracle: Prepared Broccoli Slaw over Greens (bagged, ready to eat) with Sesame Dressing

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Parting Thought

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Pink

Something equally strong and delicate

grapefruit


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Broiled Bourbon Salmon with Black Rice and Parsley Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Arugula and Citrus Salad with Poached Salmon
  • Need a Miracle: Store-bought Fresh Linguini with Butter & Pink Peppercorns; Green Salad with Strawberries

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Parting Thought

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn

 

Garlic

Something stout and pungent to ward off evil spirits

garlic


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Whole Roast Chicken; Aioli with Roasted Vegetables
  • Weeknight Reality: Garlic Shrimp with Linguini (or Beans)
  • Need a Miracle: Grazing Platter with Olives, Dried Salami, Garlic Hummus, Garlic & Herb Boursin Cheese, Crackers & Fresh Vegetables

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“Well loved he garleek, oynons, and eek lekes. And for to drinken strong wyn, reed as blood.”

Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales

Broth

Warm savory liquid, stocked with goodness and flavor

Italian Wedding Soup


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Italian Wedding Soup; Whole Grain Peasant Loaf
  • Weeknight Reality: Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup with Cheese Toasts
  • Need a Miracle: Minestrone (from the grocery deli); Take-and-Bake Garlic Bread

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“I live on good soup, not on fine words.”

Molière

Cream

Something rich and soft, well-blended

cream


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce; Braised Leeks
  • Weeknight Reality: Sautéed Beef Tips with Creamed Spinach, or Baked Eggs with Herbed Cream
  • Need a Miracle: Grilled Chicken Kebabs (store-bought); Berries with Fresh Whipped Cream

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“Poetry and music are very good friends. Like… strawberries and cream, they go together.”

Nikki Giovanni

 

Fire

Something with lingering warmth

Fire


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Clay pot chicken with saffron rice and roasted peppers
  • Weeknight Reality: Grilled (or broiled) sesame fish with rice vermicelli, cilantro and scallions
  • Need a Miracle: Brick oven take-out pizza with green salad

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Parting Thought

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
Maya Angelou

Celery

Something green, earthy, and grounding, with a promise of spring to come

True Vine celery


Food Ideas

  • I love to cook: Grilled sausages with potato and celery gratin
  • Weeknight reality: Cream of celery soup with celery/fennel salad
  • Need a miracle: Buffalo chicken sliders with celery and ranch

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.”

Aldous Huxley