Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

Browsing the New York Times the other day, this recipe for zucchini bread using greek yogurt and olive oil caught my eye. It is delicious – more subtle and complex than other zucchini bread recipes. You can taste the olive oil, and the walnuts add the perfect textural contrast.

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Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

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Banana Ginger Granita

Temperatures in Seattle are set to soar into the low 80’s today… Across the city, people will be unearthing their short pants, pulling out the barbecues for an evening grill, and contemplating making their first warm-weather drinks of the season. May I suggest this banana-ginger granita recipe by Mark Bittman. (Note: You’ll need a frozen banana or two.)

Ginger Banana Granita
Ginger Banana Granita

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Cannellini Bean Enchiladas in Tomatillo Suiza Sauce

This enchilada recipe comes from a little cafe outside of Santa Fe called Harry’s Roadhouse. You can make this with chicken, or go vegetarian and use cannelini beans instead.

Cannellini Bean Enchiladas with Green Tomatillo Sauce
Cannellini Bean Enchiladas with Green Tomatillo Sauce

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Maple-Orange-Dijon Glazed Roast Chicken on a Beer Can

This is a unique (and uniquely delicious) recipe. We’d never heard of roasting beer can chicken in the home oven. It always seemed like something perfect for a bbq, but bringing the technique indoors turns out to be sheer genius. Another great tip: Adding the glaze at the end, at a very high temperature, makes all the difference. Instead of getting a charcoal bird, you get a richly succulent glaze with none of the risk. This recipe from America’s Test Kitchen is perfect for a weekend afternoon when you have a little more time to spend roasting the bird.

Maple-Orange-Dijon Glazed Roast Chicken
Maple-Orange-Dijon Glazed Roast Chicken

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Indian-Spiced Chicken with Tomatoes and Cream Sauce

This Indian chicken and cream sauce recipe from Bon Appetit takes a little time to stew, but is very straightforward to make. The house fills with wonderful smells as the flavors cook down and meld together – a perfect recipe for a Sunday afternoon.

Indian Spiced Chicken
Indian Spiced Chicken with Tomatoes and Cream

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Stir-Fried Farro with Ginger Shrimp and an Egg on Top

As Seattle heads into a cold snap, we could really use something hearty to warm us up. Also: we love eggs, we love shrimp, and we’ve recently really gotten into the versatile, protein-rich grain called farro. So, we thought we’d try this recipe from Bon Appetit. Smashing!

Stir-Fried Farro with Ginger Shrimp and Fried Egg
Stir-Fried Farro with Ginger Shrimp and Fried Egg

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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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