Thank you, dear readers

by Katie on July 22, 2012

It has been a while. I mentioned in my last post that I’d be taking a hiatus from blogging for a few months. I’m glad to be writing to you again.

Taking a little time away has given me time and space to consider where I’m headed and what I’d like to focus on.

While I have enjoyed immensely creating and nurturing Bistro Katie over the past year and a half, I have realized that it is time to move on to other things.

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Fresh fava bean avocado puree

by Katie on April 22, 2012

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I’ve been seeing fava beans at the market a lot lately – yes, fava beans in their giant pods, unshucked and unshelled. I posted about fava beans around this time last year. Then, I found the work involved in shucking and shelling the favas to be a turnoff. However, I’ve realized that preparing the favas is the perfect thing to do while listening to my favorite podcast or radio program.

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I typically write about meals here, but it’s also important to have healthy snack ideas for those between-meal cravings. Come springtime, I break out the blender and am all about the smoothies. Smoothies are a very seasonal thing for me. I don’t have any desire to make them unless it’s 80 degrees or higher out, which it has been lately.

I used to think smoothie making was beyond me. I had all these preconceived notions why I couldn’t make a smoothie – my blender wasn’t powerful enough, I didn’t know what to put in there or in what proportions…you get the idea. Finally I found a basic recipe, and that got me going. So I offer this basic recipe to you for a refreshing smoothie:

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Root vegetable bisque

March 9, 2012
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Spring is here. Last night at my house, I had the window open and perfume-like smells were wafting in continuously. The scents were as vibrant as if I had stepped into the middle of a flower patch. This soup is another thing that has pleased my senses immensely as of late. We’re still seeing root [...]

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Curried lentil, sweet potato, and apple stew

March 5, 2012
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Today I’m sharing a great recipe I found on the web – rather, one that my mom found and emailed me. She made it over Thanksgiving last November, and it was a hit among the whole family. It’s a curried lentil stew by chef Chloe Coscarelli that appeared in the New York Times last fall. [...]

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Collard pizza with cauliflower puree and vegan sausage

February 27, 2012
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While I feel strongly about having an arsenal of 45-minutes-or-less recipes for weeknights, I enjoy experimenting on weekends with different types of meals that might be a bit more labor intensive. This is one of those meals. If you love pizza like I do, I think you’ll enjoy this one – not just the flavors, [...]

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Sweet and smoky chickpea stew with millet

February 18, 2012
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While I was making jambalaya and vegan andouille sausage last year around Mardi Gras, this year my Mardi Gras-weekend recipe has pretty much nothing to do with New Orleans, except for the fact that I found the inspiration for it here. I present to you another meal inspired by a dish I enjoyed at the [...]

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