Ricotta and Goat Cheese Ravioli with Sugar Snaps Peas

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So, I have this image of what I would like my life to be. I see myself as that amazing woman who gets up promptly at 6:00 each morning bright and cheery, who plans out each weeks menu of healthy meals with pure inspiration and creativity, and who maintains a magnificent garden where she is able to gather ingredients for said menu. A woman who walks her dog every morning and gets in workout at least 3 times a week without breaking a sweat. The woman who can do it all.

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The Best Roasted Broccoli

So, I finally did it. FINALLY!!!

Over the past 3 years I have been going to school full time to finish my undergraduate degree in Global Studies at the University of Washington Bothell while working full time. Readings, papers, presentations, and work events have kept me very (and I mean very) busy, not to mention trying to find time for my family and myself. Basically, over the past 3 years I have at least slightly neglected my poor husband and our pets, and completely neglected any household duties that I had taken on prior to that. I’m now back to cleaning, doing laundry, you know, all the things that people LOVE doing.
But, one of the best things about being done with school is that I now get to cook and eat and really enjoy it. No rush, I can pour a glass of wine and really take it all in. I don’t have to worry about getting done quickly because I have to finish a 10 page paper or have a test to study for the next day. It means that I can enjoy food like I haven’t been able to for a long time.

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Frisée Salad with Poached Egg

Sometimes the mood or situation calls for something heavy, something rich and creamy. Other times, it calls for a nice salad. It’s as simple as that. Light, crisp, cool, fresh. Add something like avocado or Parmigiano-Reggiano (or both!) to give just the slightest bit of buttery richness and you have yourself a complete and satisfying meal that won’t weigh you down.

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Portobello Sandwiches

I love an ooey-gooey cream-laden pasta with a nice fat piece of sirloin or fillet as much as the next person (or probably even more).  Even if I come home and all that I want is to eat my weight in spaghetti carbonara, sometimes a light dinner is what the doctor ordered.  I could be accused of eating emotionally (hey man, what could make a lady feel better than to indulge in her new favorite thing, the wonderfully fried Szechuan Crispy Chicken from Spicy Talk Bistro?) but what I have found is that if I do this at the end of a day where I have eaten good-for-you things like salads, lean meats, nuts, etc. it’s not so bad, but when it’s after a busy day that may have involved some not-so-healthy eating, it may just make me want to go cry in the corner.  So on night like this, when I’m exhausted and just want some comfort food, I do my best to talk myself into preparing something simple but tasty, slightly rich but not heavy, and really cozy.  That’s what these sandwiches are for me.

No matter how much I enjoy cooking, some nights all I want to do is come home, poor a glass of wine and put my feet up.  And lord knows if I leave it up to my husband there’s a good chance we will be eating pizza for dinner, so I need something easy that I can whip up in less than 30 minutes otherwise I won’t be able to find the motivation to even pull a knife out.

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Roasted Corn Salad

Sad to say, the beautiful fresh corn season is almost over.  So that means, time to take advantage of what’s left!!  Although my husband and I generally don’t eat corn very often, I am far more likely to eat it during the summer.  It has such a wonderful sweet, crisp, summery flavor it just begs to be eaten outside while basking in the sun and enjoying some fresh ice tea.

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