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Recipes: Vegetables

Happy New Year: Vegetarian Hoppin’ John

Vegetarian Hoppin' John on www.virginiawillis.com

Hoppin’ John Eating black-eyed peas and rice in the form of a dish called Hoppin’ John and Stewed Greens on New Year’s Day is a Southern tradition. Folklore says the combination will bring luck and money in the upcoming year. Typically, the dried peas are black-eyed peas and there is generally a hunk of meat bobbing… Read more »

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Eat Right for Your Sight on National Kale Day!

Eat Right for Your Sight on National Kale Day! A year or so ago I helped edit a cookbook called Eat Right for Your Sight for the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. It was a… Read more »

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Save the Flavors: Easy Summer Ratatouille

Easy Summer Ratatouille A recent evening’s garden harvest rewarded me with the ingredients for a vibrant, tasty, and easy summer ratatouille — as well as the realization that the garden has suffered a bit from all of our recent travel. Much of the broccoli is flowering and the collard green leaves have grown large and… Read more »

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Weeknight Broccoli Recipes … with Side Dish of Honest Truth

makeover broccoli mac and cheese on www.virginiawillis.com

I adore broccoli. It’s one of my favorite vegetables, especially in the dreary winter months. High heat roasting creates crispy bits and coaxes mild sweetness from the slightly bitter brassica. Steamed broccoli is crisp, clean, and bright. Stir-fried broccoli seems to pull the best from both of the aforementioned cooking techniques.  It’s great finely chopped… Read more »

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