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Sugar Doodle Vanilla Cookies Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | January 3, 2013

Sugar Vanilla Doodles


One should never underestimate the power of a sugar cookie.

Mere proximity to these cookies compounded with the frustration of being unable to open the puppy-proof container they were in drove my dog to devour an entire container of hermit crab food as an unfortunate replacement (the cap of which she was somehow able to pry open). I kid you not.

So while they may not be “fancy”, they are pretty much chewy, outrageously vanilla-infused cookie perfection. Certainly the kind of cookies that intense cravings are made of.

Photos: Joanne Bruno

Makes 2 dozen, adapted from Averie Cooks

Baked Ziti with Eggplant Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | December 17, 2012

Baked Ziti


Maybe this is just an Italian thing, but every year at Christmas my mother makes a cheese-studded baked pasta dish as an appetizer. By the time the main course comes around no one even wants to so much as look at the large hunk of roasted meat she has prepared. Rather than suggest for the fifteenth year in a row that she choose one or the either (as no one can possibly have room in their stomach for both), I’ve caved and come up with a lighter version of baked ziti that provides all the satisfaction of the real deal without making you feel like you’re headed into a food coma after eating it. This version is stuffed with smoky roasted eggplant and a slightly spicy sauce, so it’s big on flavor while cutting back a bit on all the cheese, making it the perfect touch of moderation in an otherwise totally indulgent holiday season.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of delicious ramblings over at her blogEats Well With Others

Serves 6, adapted from Now Eat This! Italian

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Chili Dressing Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | December 10, 2012

Photo: Joanne Bruno

Photo: Joanne Bruno

I’ve been focusing a lot on salad consumption lately to get me through the few weeks in-between one holiday season and another with my skinny jeans still intact. Don’t get me wrong, my days are still dotted with cookie consumption, but I like to think I’m evening it all out by devouring a plate full of veggies on a daily basis.

My favorite salads are the kinds where each bite is filled with bursts of flavor and texture, not just plain old lettuce, forkful after forkful. Case in point – this roasted sweet potato salad, which is hearty, healthy and satisfying all in one. It has a hint of heat and tang from the jalapeno-lime dressing that makes the sweet potatoes and bell peppers taste all the more vibrant, while the black beans ground the salad, adding protein and heft. This is definitely the kind of salad you’ll look forward to eating day after day, so much so that you won’t even miss the cookie excess. Pinky swear.

Photo: Joanne Bruno

Adapted from Mark Bittman

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others

Swiss Chard and Saffron Tart Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | December 3, 2012

Swiss Chard and Saffron Tart

I love the idea of savory tarts, but we’re reaching that point in the holiday season when I am utterly weary of cutting butter into flour and chilling for two hours, only to then fail to roll out a pie crust that doesn’t look like a patchwork quilt. Plus, I’m getting enough saturated fat at dessert…I don’t really need it for lunch and dinner, too.

This week, I discovered yeasted tart dough and my whole worldview shifted. Not only is it easy to throw together, but there is nary a tablespoon of butter in sight making it figure-friendly. While not quite as flaky as as a butter-based crust, it is a bit heartier, which pairs perfectly with this saffron-infused swiss chard filling. Now you truly can have your “pie” and eat it too.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others

Serves 6, adapted from The Greens Cookbook

Miso Harissa Delicata Squash and Swiss Chard Bulgur Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | November 19, 2012

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Photo: Joanne Bruno

As the holidays near ever-closer and and we seem to spend every spare minute digging our fingers into pie crust or our spoons into homemade cranberry sauce (yes, some taste testing is definitely in order!), healthy eating generally seems to fall by the wayside.  After all, who has time to throw together a veggie-full meal when there are cakes to be made and potatoes to be mashed?

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Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Pasta Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | November 12, 2012

Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Pasta

It seems almost incomprehensible now, but yes I was that full-blooded Italian child who hated tomato sauce with a fiery passion and insisted on ordering alfredo sauce each and every time my family went out to dinner. Never mind that I only ever took approximately four bites before being forced to stop by its overpowering richness – I knew what I wanted. And apparently that was a bowl full of heavy cream and fettuccine that I could barely choke down.

Oh, how times have changed. These days, I wouldn’t order fettuccine alfredo off a restaurant menu if you paid me. In my opinion, it’s just not worth the calories. But every so often, a craving does strike, and to satisfy it, I make this roasted red pepper goat cheese alfredo sauce. With the tangy richness from the goat cheese, the sauce is creamy without being overly so, and the roasted red pepper infusion adds a breath of fresh air along with some extra nutrition. It may not be the lightest meal in the world, but I can promise that it’s worth every bite of creamy delicious indulgence.

Adapted from Closet Cooking

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Root Vegetable Tagine Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | November 5, 2012

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Photo: Joanne Bruno

In addition to stocking up on necessities such as peanut butter and chocolate chips, I prepared for Hurricane Sandy by cooking up as much comfort food as I could before the storm hit. Warm loaves of bread, chili, loads of pasta, and this tagine.

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Autumn Ratatouille Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | October 29, 2012

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Photo: Joanne Bruno

Even though I love all of the components of a typical end-of-summer ratatouille on their own — eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes — something happens when they are brought together in stew form that spurs my disinterest.

Perhaps it’s that it just doesn’t feel right eating such a hearty thick dish while the days are still long and the heat is almost more than you can bear.

Enter this autumn ratatouille.  It incorporates some of fall’s best vegetables into it’s mix so that you can make it as soon as the temperatures start to dip.  Although after tasting it in all of its richly flavored glory…you might just be tempted to make/buy it year round.  Do it. I won’t blame you.

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Recipe adapted from Ottolenghi’s Plenty

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Curried Red Lentil Burgers and Mango Slaw Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | October 22, 2012

Photo: Joanne Bruno

Photo: Joanne Bruno

These are some strange times in which we’re living.  Half the country is still in the throes of summer heat while the rest of us have to wear t-shirts and shorts to combat the midday sun but find ourselves reaching for our down jackets by the time the sun has set. Even harder than choosing an outfit for the day is deciding what to eat. Luckily, these veggie burgers combine the best of both seasons, making them the ideal transition food. They are light enough that they won’t weigh you down in the summery heat but they also contain enough spice that they’ll warm you from the inside once night falls. Not to mention that the mango slaw that is paired with them is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted…and that’s saying a lot considering how deep my disdain for raw cabbage goes.

Photo: Joanne Bruno

Recipe adapted from Moosewood Restaurant: Cooking for Health.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

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