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

Ginger

Something sharply sweet and zingy hot


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Indonesian Ginger Chicken with Watercress Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Stir-Fried Ginger/Lime Shrimp with Sticky Rice
  • Need a Miracle: Take-out Ginger Broccoli Chicken

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Parting Thought

” ‘E’s all ‘ot sand an’ ginger when alive, / An’ ‘e’s generally shammin’ when ‘e’s dead.”

Rudyard Kipling

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

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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

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Parting Thought

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

Nikki Giovanni

 

Contrast

Something with sharply contrasting but complementary flavors or colors

Swiss chard 2014


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: “Christmas” Enchiladas or Burritos (alternating red and green chile)
  • Weeknight Reality: Bow-Tie Pasta with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce; Swiss Chard Salad with Dried Fruit
  • Need a Miracle: Take-out Hot Wings with Celery and Blue Cheese Dressing

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Parting Thought

“There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.”

Herman Melville

Mint

Something bright and clean with a clear finish

mint


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Lamb Kebabs with Mint Pesto
  • Weeknight Reality: Spring Rolls with Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Need a Miracle: Grilled Chicken Salad with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for Dessert

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Parting Thought

“If someone offers you a breath mint, accept it.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (author of Life’s Little Instruction Books)

Toast

Something warm with a crisp edge… and perhaps a cocktail, given the weather.

toast


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Brioche French Toast with Maple Syrup and Grilled Sausage
  • Weeknight Reality: Turkey Burgers with Cheddar & Avocado on Toasted English Muffins
  • Need a Miracle: Toasted French Bread Slices with Deli Platter (Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, Fig Jam & Arugula, etc.)

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Parting Thought

“That I survived the Holocaust and went on to love beautiful girls, to talk, to write, to have toast and tea and live my life – that is what is abnormal.
Elie Wiesel

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

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Parting Thought

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

Aldous Huxley