Roast Chickpea and Cauliflower Salad with a Dijon Lime Vinaigrette

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I love the suburbs (not that this is news to any of you).  To take our uncool points to the next level, not only do I love suburbs but I adore small, university towns because I really, really, really like school.  We Jordan’s make a point to stop at iconic college campuses wherever we go (even if it requires three extra tolls and an hour and a half detour on our Trans American road trip).  So on Tuesday when Jay had a site visit to Connecticut I couldn’t stop myself from tagging along for the night to explore the picturesque Yale campus.  With it’s cherry blossoms, crooked streets and ancient architecture it was nothing short of adorable.  Add to our adventure that we stopped in Darien, CT, which easily could be described as the loveliest small town in America, and I would say it was a trip worth making.

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Before we set out I had two meetings and a class to attend, which left little time to cook dinner.  So in light of our pending getaway I kept dinner simple with this delicious, warm salad. Besides a little chopping of the cauliflower,  radishes and avocado, the hands on time is minimal.  So enjoy this fast, light spring dinner because this gem is not your traditional, mild mannered spinach salad.

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Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella

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My mom makes excellent paella. It is bar none one of her unsung talents.  So last weekend when I was meal planning and missing her a little extra I decided to try my hand at it.  Now she is the master, and I the student so I do not in any capacity feign superiority in my dish.  I have watched her whip it up on several occasions, but what is tricky is that my mom happens to be a wiz in the kitchen so she never follows a recipe directly.  Thus no paella is ever rendered the same again.  It is a dish only to be enjoyed in that moment, because next time it will be equally as wonderful but slightly refined.  So as I crafted my version I tried to think back on what I seen her incorporate, and then substituted in and out a few items to suit our palates (like quinoa instead of rice, extra veggies instead of meat and turkey sausage instead of chorizo).  I am sure I missed plenty of ingredients but the result was nonetheless stellar.  Furthermore, pausing to enjoy my take on paella on this sunny New York Spring evening, whirled up all sorts of nostalgia as it left my feeling as if I was sitting on my mom’s back porch catching up over our days.  I love you mom 🙂 Continue reading “Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella”