Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese (Secret Recipe Club)

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Braised Lamb with Apricots

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braised lamb with apricot With sweet dried apricots, bright lemon, and fragrant spices, this braised lamb is the perfect way to bridge the gap between winter and spring.

I thought I was headed to Morocco with this recipe, but I took a wrong turn somewhere along the way and ended up somewhere closer to India. No matter, it was still delicious even if it wasn’t traditional. This recipe takes a little longer than most of my dinners, but it’s mostly inactive time. You probably won’t want to make it on a weeknight unless you don’t mind eating late (I’m ready for dinner at 5:30… which doesn’t usually work out well since I don’t get home until closer to 6!), but it’s the kind of recipe that can easily be made ahead of time and reheated when you’re ready for it. I made this on a Sunday with plans to eat it on Tuesday, and it was so nice to come home and not have to worry about cooking. I just moved the pot from the fridge to the stove and, in the time it took to boil some rice, dinner was ready.

Roasted Grape + Goat Cheese Flatbread

Roast Grape and Goat Cheese Flatbread from Healthy-Delicious.com

Roast Grape and Goat Cheese Flatbread from Healthy-Delicious.com

I have a terrible habit of never leaving good enough alone. I always want more. I get greedy.  One of these days I’ll finally learn that some things – like, say, coding a blog – are best left to professionals. I was tinkering around with the site the other day, and I messed things up pretty badly.  Like, I couldn’t access my log in page. And then I attempted to fix it myself and all hell broke loose. After a few late nights, a LOT of coffee, and several long chats with tech support, and a considerable amount of freaking out, everything seems to be back up and running properly. (If you notice something isn’t working right, please let me know!)

Prosciutto and Artichoke Quiche

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The best pizza I’ve ever had was at a little neighborhood restaurant in Paris. It was the kind of place where, rather than letting me order a second glass of wine to meet the credit card minimum, they trusted me to go to the ATM across the street and come back to pay. The pizza, which I later learned is called Pizza Quattro Stagioni (or Four Seasons Pizza), was topped with salty prosciutto, earthy mushrooms, delicate artichoke hearts, and briny kalamata olives.

Spring Vegetable Soup with Pesto

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The days are getting warmer and the sun is setting later – before you know it, soup season will be over! While I’ve had my fill of creamy chowders and stews, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to soup yet.

Luckily, this spring vegetable soup with pesto is perfect for the warmer weather. It’s light and brothy, with tons of fresh vegetable (like zucchini and green beans) that finally seem right again.

Braised Eggplant with Ground Lamb

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I’m so excited to finally share this braised eggplant with ground lamb with you all – I made it almost a whole month ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since!

The recipe came out of a craving for eggplant… for days, all I wanted was eggplant that was cooked until it was so tender that it collapsed in on itself. I had no idea what I wanted the rest of the meal to be, but once I got the image of that eggplant in my head I just couldn’t shake it. The end result – tender, braised eggplant and tomatoes cooked with richly spiced lamb and topped with cool yogurt sauce and tangy cucumbers – ended up being perfect and is one of my favorite meals of 2012.