Fresh Pea and Mint Soup with Chive Oil (And Garlic Rubbed Toasts)

Springtime is greentime in Seattle. And nothing says springtime better than this vibrantly fresh pea and mint soup from epicurious, via our friend Natalie. Bright, fresh pea flavors mingle with silky, flavorful swirls of chive oil. Add garlic-rubbed toasts for the perfect springtime dinner.

Fresh Pea & Mint Soup with Chive Oil
Fresh Pea & Mint Soup with Chive Oil

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Anchovy, Tomato & Hard-Boiled Egg Sandwich on Rye

On those occasions when you’re left to your own devices for dinner, and you don’t particularly want to spend too much time cooking, but you also want a dinner that’s satisfying, this sandwich from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express is just the thing. (It helps if, like me, you’re part otter, and love pungent fish that comes in tins.) Preparation time: The amount of time it takes to boil an egg.

Anchovy & Egg Sandwich on Rye
Anchovy & Egg Sandwich on Rye

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Farro Salad with Shallots and Parsley

This farro salad reminds me of summer picnics. Maybe it’s the green parsley and the bite of the vinegar dressing? At any rate, this delicious side dish from Alice Waters is easy to make and healthily satisfying to eat.

Farro Salad with Parsley
Farro Salad with Parsley

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

You know those days where you come home from work and you know you should work out, but all you want to do is eat something healthy and warming and then climb into bed with tea and cookies and a book, and fall asleep wrapped in the warm embrace of a hot dinner and a thick down comforter? This chicken noodle soup is for precisely those days.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Chewy (Gluten-Free) Dark Chocolate Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

These chewy chocolate cookies from Bon Appetit also happen to be gluten-free. They  have shockingly few ingredients and, with the exception of the cacao nibs, you likely already have everything on hand. If you can get cacao nibs in your area, definitely do. They add a richer favor and a fun crunchy texture. But if you don’t have them around, don’t let that stop you from making this super simple cookie recipe.

Chewy Dark Chocolate Cookies
Chewy Dark Chocolate Cookies

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Dutch Baby for Breakfast

Some lazy mornings, a special breakfast seems in order. This dutch baby pancake – baked in a cast iron skillet – is simple to make and satisfying to fill. Some options: go sweet with applesauce and cottage cheese, or lemon juice and vanilla sugar. Or go savory with caramelized onions, mushrooms and greens.

Dutch Baby in a Cast Iron Skillet
Dutch Baby in a Cast Iron Skillet

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Almond and Orange Florentines

Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s Splendid Table is one of our favorite radio programs. And Yotam Ottolenghi is one of our favorite chefs. So when we found this recipe by Mr. Ottolenghi, on Ms. Kasper’s website, we had to make it. These are flipping easy – very few ingredients and very few steps. If you need a cookie that wows, and you need it now, this is the cookie for you.

Almond & Orange Florentines
Almond & Orange Florentines

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