A hearty brunch of stewed herby spinach eggs made by simmering eggs in a cream and spinach mixture that gets topped with a spicy herb and pickled onion garnish. Best served with smoked salmon and a hunk of bread for soaking up all the creamy liquid.
Stewed Herby Spinach Eggs

Back, back way back in the BR (Before Remy) era when I had free time and energy (not that I appreciated any of it, oh how I could smack my former self) I really thought I would write a vegetarian cookbook on brunch.

It was a total pipe dream, I didn’t have a publisher or an offer or anything like that. But it’s my favorite meal of the day and as far as I know there’s really no vegetarian brunch bible out there, so I went with it and let my imagination run wild. I made lists and lists of recipe ideas, even tested some of them out, came up with a name for the imaginary book. But then, you know, life happened including: morning sickness, internal medicine residency, 24 hour calls, having a child who hates sleep, etc etc and suddenly working on my imaginary cookbook just seemed like less of a priority compared to, say, showering.

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A hearty fall roasted cauliflower and farro salad with pistachios and pomegranate. Every bite features a diverse mix of flavors and textures that will keep you intrigued so you’ll just keep coming back for more.
Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad with Pistachios and Pomegranate

A few weeks ago I was smacked in the face (literally if you count how often I get kicked by a certain toddler at night) with the realization that we’ve been eating a lot of white rice and way not enough whole grains. It came when I placed a plate with either quinoa or farro or brown rice in front of Remy and she screamed “NOOOOOOOO!!! I want REAL rice” (ie white rice).

OMG that kid is too much. But also, I’ve created a monster.

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This Concord grape and goat cheese pie is truly unique – it has bold grape flavors that get tempered by a creamy layer of goat cheese at the bottom of the pie crust. Best served with peanut butter ice cream.
Concord Grape and Goat Cheese Pie

Allow me to introduce you to my arch-nemesis, the Concord grape:

I love you. I hate you. Let’s be best friends.

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We’ve had a week of THE PLAGUE around here so I can’t say I’m sorry to be done with it. First Remy got sick and just as I thought we were out of the woods, I got sick. At this point I’m just really hoping Mike doesn’t get it because the only thing worse than a sick child is a sick MAN-child.

We’re headed to t-ball today despite my low-grade fevers and then out to dinner later to celebrate Mike’s mom’s 60th birthday. And then tomorrow we have a whole lot of nothing to do! I’m excited about that.

Here’s what we’ve got on this week’s meal plan:

  • creamy tomato spinach pasta – a whole lot of comfort
  • southwest stuffed peppers – some of my favorite flavors!
  • roasted delicata squash salad – so easy, healthy, good
  • best vegetarian enchiladas – if I could eat enchiladas every day of my life, I would
  • easy one-pan veggie red curry – love a good one-pan meal!

Happy eating!

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A Persian butternut squash and sweet potato soup made with warm fall spices and topped with a sprinkle of sumac to add the perfect savory note.
Persian Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

It’s officially the time of year where I make soup once a week. Can’t say the family is too happy about it (I did not marry or give birth to soup lovers) but I sure am!!

I actually made this the first week of September and my brother, who was over for dinner, was like….”Uh, seriously. You couldn’t wait a few more weeks?!?!”

To his point, it was 90 degrees at the time.

SORRY, NOT SORRY.

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A sumptuous caramelized onion galette made with homemade pastry dough and a layer of parmesan mascarpone cream.
Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmesan Cream

I don’t know about you guys, but we are riding the Monday struggle bus in a MAJOR way this morning.

My internal clock (also known as Remy) didn’t wake up at her usual 6AM-on-the-dot and then I overslept my actual alarm clock by 15 minutes. Of course then Remy did get up and so we had to go to the potty, watch her Minnie doll do a song/dance routine, and do three puzzles.

All before breakfast! And more importantly, COFFEE!!!!

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