Simple Overabundance (Creamy Polenta with Grilled Tempeh and Roasted Tomatoes Recipe)

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I love this time of year.  I love the warm, sunny days and the cool, perfect for sleeping nights.  I love the late summer wildflowers overflowing the roadside ditches.  I love the monarch butterflies that positively swarm me on my late morning runs.  I love that the wooded trails stay cool long into the afternoon.  I love the slight sense of urgency one feels during BBQs and camping trips, staying outside just a little longer, trying to squeeze every last drop out of summer before that morning chill starts to hang around a little too long into the day.  But most of all, I love the absolute overabundance of fresh produce this time of year.  Particularly around here (upstate NY, aka the Arctic) where the growing season is too short and I feel like I spend most of my year trying to figure out another way to prepare squash, potatoes, and onions and reminding myself that while the tomatoes on the shelves might look pretty good I’m going to be sorely disappointed if I try to eat one. (more…)

It’s All Greek to Me (Raspberry Almond Yogurt Bowl Recipe)

20120811-195148.jpg I have a confession to make.  I only discovered Greek yogurt about 6 months ago.  I know what you’re thinking: How could I possibly have overlooked this deliciousness?  It’s not even as if I didn’t eat yogurt at all, because I did.  Plain yogurt, too.  Lots of it.  I had just always assumed that Greek yogurt was a marketing ploy to get me to pay more money for fancy yogurt and I wasn’t about to fall for it.  But one day while grocery shopping, they were out of my usual Stoneyfield Farms plain yogurt and I was left to decide between buying presweetened, flavored yogurt or finally giving in and giving Greek yogurt a try.  As it turns out, I’ve never been so happy to see the grocery store out of something I wanted.  For the few of you who may still be Greek yogurt holdouts, it is so much better than regular yogurt.  Give it a try even if you don’t particularly like regular yogurt.  Its so rich and creamy that it seems more like a decadent dessert than a healthy breakfast food.  So much so that even my yogurt-hating sweetie, Chris, kind of likes it. And believe me that’s saying something, as I’ve spent a fair amount of kitchen time experimenting with just how much of a recipe’s  sour cream I can replace with yogurt before he notices. (more…)

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