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Frites &fries - Garlic Knots. Garlic Knots Most of my early food memories had to do with all the garlic dishes that my grandmother made.

frites &fries - Garlic Knots

Preschool-me was so fascinated by the fact that Grandma smelled like garlic 24/7 and I was always so amazed that something so small could create so much flavor. My grandmother’s native Shangdong province uses a lot of garlic in their cooking so it wasn’t surprising to see my mom or my grandmother use up an entire bulb of garlic for a small dinner. Loving garlic is in my blood. Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Chunks of all white meat chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden.

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

An easy chicken recipe your whole family will love. What can be more kid friendly than chicken nuggets, even the pickiest kids like them. The Bitten Word: Buffalo Chicken Dip. Our friend Rachel moved to Syracuse this summer.

The Bitten Word: Buffalo Chicken Dip

One of her first weeks there, she attended a party where an unusual dip was served. She had never heard of it, and admitted as much to the hosts. They were shocked that she hadn't had it before. Rachel loved the dip and excitedly told our friend Whitney in Memphis, who promptly began spreading the word about this magical dip, which is how we found out about it. From its roots in upstate New York, this dip is slowly taking over the south (via Whitney) and now D.C. Stuffed Zucchini.

I like the simple things in life.

Stuffed Zucchini

Simple ingredients, simple techniques, maximum flavor. But I guess you know that by now. Especially when you hand me a recipe that doubles as an appetizer or side dish, you just reel me in. Spinach Artichoke Dip. I don’t think I can remember a time when some form of spinach artichoke dip didn’t appear on every restaurant menu.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

It seems to have become a standard American pre-meal munchie, a quintessential appetizer. Not that I mind. Who doesn’t love the thought of eating something healthy (spinach and artichokes) wrapped in mounds of cheese, butter and heavy cream? Spiced Red-Pepper Hummus. Spiced Red-Pepper Hummus Photo Credit Getty Images Skill Level: Beginner Serves: 8 Start to Finish: under 15 minutes Prep: 12 minutes Cook: n/a.

Spiced Red-Pepper Hummus

Spinach Dip. Spinach Dip Photo Credit Getty Images.

Spinach Dip

The GOOD Lunch: Morrocan Roasted Carrot Chickpea Quinoa Salad - Lifestyle. Today's GOOD Lunch salad was prepared by Carla Fernandez and was inspired by Closet Cooking (tagline: "Cooking in a Closet-Sized Kitchen").

The GOOD Lunch: Morrocan Roasted Carrot Chickpea Quinoa Salad - Lifestyle

Moroccan Roasted Carrot Chickpea Quinoa Salad Ingredients: Makes 10 servings. The GOOD Lunch: Black Bean Soup - Lifestyle. Today's GOOD Lunch soup was prepared by Amanda Ehrman and inspired by Smitten Kitchen's Black Bean Soup.

The GOOD Lunch: Black Bean Soup - Lifestyle

Black Bean Soup The Ingredients: Makes 8 servings 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium-sized red onions, chopped (I used a food processor) 2 medium-sized bell peppers, any color, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 4 teaspoons ground cumin 6 15-oz cans of black beans 3 jalapeño peppers, chopped 5 cups hot water (I just used very hot tap water) 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2-3 teaspoons coarse kosher salt Ground black pepper to taste Avocado, shredded cheese, and sour cream to top! The Method: International Quinoa Salad. Whenever my husband sees that I’m cooking quinoa, his eyes light up and he asks if I’m making “The Salad.”

International Quinoa Salad

It’s our favorite quinoa dish, but for a while I made it only on special occasions because I couldn’t figure out how to make it without using olive oil. I was just afraid that it wouldn’t be as tasty–and who can stand to see a favorite dish diminished? Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe. Butternut squash is incredibly versatile; it lends an autumnal, pumpkin-y flavor to everything from salad to soup to macaroni and cheese. Unlike the seasonal produce of Summer, many cold-weather vegetables cannot be enjoyed raw. However, once you know the simple steps to roasting butternut squash, you can put it to use in just about anything.

The roasted chunks can be tossed with arugula and white beans. Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes. 7 Red Bliss potatoes (skin on and quartered) 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons garlic powder or 3 cloves fresh garlic (finely minced) 2 teaspoons dried rosemary or 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary (stem removed) Preheat oven to 350°F. Quarter potatoes with the skin on and place in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary and toss in bowl until evenly coated. Transfer seasoned potatoes to a nonstick baking dish or a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Place in oven for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and tender.. then ENJOY!