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simple middle eastern scramble

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 30, 2018  |  0 Comments
When in doubt for what to fix for dinner, I scramble up some eggs for my entrée. Yep, I think of eggs as an anytime food, not just a breakfast-time fix. Then I top them with whatever I have on hand that I think will taste good together—-or that I don’t want to go to waste. I seriously don’t know if I’ve ever made the exact same version twice. That’s part of the fun! Today, I had a serious amount of fresh mint growing in one of the pots on my balcony; so, I figured I’d create a scramble with middle eastern flair. In addition to the fresh mint leaves, I topped these eggs with a sprinkling of harissa to...
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strawberry hibiscus rum punch-in-the-gut

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 22, 2018  |  0 Comments
Sure, you can grab a yogurt for some probiotics. But it’s way more fun to reach for one of these cocktails for those gut-friendly bacteria! This drink is inspired by a strawberry daiquiri, yet calorie friendlier. I find it tastier, too, since not overly sweet. What’s in the cocktail? It’s based on rum and includes fresh mint, lime juice, ginger, and strawberries. But the highlight is the sparkling probiotic beverage … Farmhouse Culture Strawberry Hibiscus Gut Punch Sparkling Probiotic Veggie Drink, to be specific, which contains 4 billion probiotic cultures in a bottle. Now that’s a heck of a lot of good bugs! I found the veggie drink at Whole Foods Market, FYI. Cheers!   Note: The theme of this...
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lemon-ginger farro salad with pomegranate & pistachios

by Jackie Newgent  |  January 21, 2018  |  4 Comments
I make this salad a lot when pomegranates are in season! I never actually wrote down a recipe for it … I just wing it, which is the way I prefer to cook. But I wanted to share this farro salad, so here’s the official recipe! It’s so refreshing and satisfying and loaded with colors, textures, and aromatic delight. A couple of its flavor “secrets” are freshly grated gingerroot and lemon zest. Since I get to use my Microplane Zester/Grater to do that, it’s a perfect time to share this since “Favorite Kitchen Tool” is the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux. You’ll actually feel so good after eating it knowing you punched up your plant quotient for the day...
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grilled fairytale eggplant with lemony-tahini dressing

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 10, 2017  |  0 Comments
I spotted some of the cutest-ever eggplants at Union Square Greenmarket. They had an adorable name to match … fairytale eggplants! So, I brought a big bagful home and this is the first recipe I created! It’s a Middle Eastern-inspired warm grilled eggplant appetizer. (Though, I actually ate the entire platter at once as an entrée!) I hope you can find these itty-bitty eggplants so you can fix this dish. But if not, do try it with baby zucchini, baby pattypan squash, or just slices of regular or Italian eggplant. Serve it at a special meal for two—or anytime. And do enjoy on Meatless Monday. Hope you like it as much as I do! Why it’s good for you? Eggplant...
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