Country Kitchen (in the city) healthy delicious meal inspiration for everyone

Country Kitchen (in the city)
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farmers market fresh
farmers market fresh

The only thing better than a morning stroll in the farmers market is going home and sampling the bounty. We start out with a rosemary olive bagel from Uncommon Grounds, and top it off with freshly made chèvre, a few thin slices of a goats milk Gouda, sliced grape tomatoes, a spicy micro green mix [...]

simple shishito peppers
simple shishito peppers

Many of the dishes I seek out to cook are items I once sampled at a restaurant or friends house. Shishito is no exception. If I remember correctly, the first time I had shishito was at Itacho (years ago) in Los Angeles, and I instantly fell in love. When I moved to New York, over [...]

superfood snack mix
superfood snack mix

During the day I work for a totally awesome physical therapy practice in NYC with a beautiful, huge glass jar filled with…. candy! And, while not everyday, I often find myself reaching in to satisfy my craving for something sweet. This week, instead of gorging on Hershey’s and Nestle, I’m filling fists with a homemade [...]

guajillo chili chocolate melt w/ fresh fruit
guajillo chili chocolate melt w/ fresh fruit

Sometimes the simplest treats are the most delicious. For a sweet treat I heated up a circle of Taza guajillo chili chocolate in a pot over low heat. As the chocolate began to melt, I drizzled in about 1/8 cup of low fat milk to keep it smooth. Pour some chocolate onto the plate, dust [...]

black mission figs with roquefort and bacon
black mission figs with roquefort and bacon

This one’s so easy, I’ll show it in (mostly) pictures… Apple wood smoked thick slab bacon. Scoop out a bit of the fig center before stuffing with cheese. Top it off, and serve.

leftovers: asparagus chicken salad
leftovers: asparagus chicken salad

Last night’s leftovers becomes a rockin’ work lunch!! Nothing easier than slicing up a few leftovers, tossing them with some arugula or baby mixed greens, adding a few fresh veggies and rushing off to work… So what was for dinner? Sesame Lemon Chicken with Asparagus . And what’s for lunch? A crisp salad with leftover [...]

work lunch: community salad!
work lunch: community salad!

My love of food is no secret here at work… with salad-envy spiking the charts. Every time I prepare a salad for lunch, I make sure to bring in enough to feed (at least) three hungry mouths. Lately, lunchtime salads have become a team effort. Yesterday, my boss whipped out a package of spinach, some [...]

sweet tooth
sweet tooth

Every once in a while I crave something sweet: strawberries, plain yogurt and almond pulp in a blender… bzzzzzzz… freeze… then scoop into a dish. Fresh bananas on the side. Easy!!

new addiction: homemade pickles
new addiction: homemade pickles

The name of this site implies different things to each person, but you should know.. NO, I was not raised in the country, and YES, I live in the city. When I’m trying to grow strawberries on my fire escape (and they get infested with spiders) or planting herbs in tin cans, do I imaging [...]

veggie taco platter
veggie taco platter

This healthy and colorful Make It Yourself Veggie Taco Platter takes as long to cook as it does to cut (which is not really all that long).  I served it with a side of antioxidant-packed Black Bean Soup. You will need: -one sliced green pepper -one medium onion (half julienned for the tacos, half chopped [...]

work lunch: honey ham with smoked gouda
work lunch: honey ham with smoked gouda

Here’s a sandwich I whipped up this morning to bring to work for lunch:  Two slices of organic peasant rye bread, toasted with country mustard, honey ham, smoked Gouda, sliced radish, and mixed arugula salad greens. On the side..hearts of palm, grape tomatoes, olives and a Bosc pear. Eating well doesn’t always have to be [...]

spinach sun salad
spinach sun salad

Simple delicious organic salad of spinach, sun sprouts, heirloom tomato, radish and carrot. Basically, whatever greens and veggies I had in the house that day!! For dressing, there was a little mustard left in the jar so I used it as a shaker and added balsamic, lemon infused oil, and dash sesame oil to the [...]

whole wheat naan veggie pizza
whole wheat naan veggie pizza

This yummy pizza can be quick and easy or a little more labor intensive, depending on #1. if you have sauce on hand and #2. how you want to veg it up. Being from an Italian-esque family, I always keep a little extra homemade marinara in the house, either in the refrigerator (if it was [...]

breakfast tacos: huevos chipotle with greek yogurt
breakfast tacos: huevos chipotle with greek yogurt

The first thing I noticed when I moved in to my new neighborhood last year was the complete lack of natural foods and organic produce at my local supermarkets. What I did find, however, was an assortment of Spanish and Polish goods. So while I now have to import healthy organic veggies, I have also [...]

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