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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian, Salads

Sweet Chili Salmon Skewers With Cucumber Ribbon Salad + Lime Ginger Dressing

This wholesome and refreshing dish is exactly what I needed after roadtrippin’ to the North a few weeks ago.

I have a love/hate relationship with traveling.

I discovered this in my early twenties when I landed a job in the music industry working as an editorial assistant for a publishing company that issued a handful of music magazines. Within the first year, I went from hardly escaping my small Canadian hometown to jetting through the US from NYC to San Fran. I felt so alive in these new places! Well, for the first day or two. But with transient travel comes cramming too many things into a small timeframe and that, my friends, siphons the life out of me.

With my husband and I living in NC and our families being dispersed between PA and Canada, this is a regular part of life now: overwhelming short-lived trips full of company, a lot of energy, and a mass amount of food. (Gotta mow down enough of those hometown faves while we’re there and while we can.)

To say that I needed this healthful protein-packed plate of goodness when I got home would be an understatement. I’ve eaten this three times in the last week and a half.

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Food, Pescetarian, Sides, tapa-tizers + snacks

Watermelon Radishes With Anchovy Butter on Sliced Baguette

I have a very deep appreciation for offbeat fruits and veggies, and when I say “deep appreciation”, I obviously mean obsession. Let’s just get that out of the way now.

Example: Last month, when I found romanesco in the produce section at Whole Foods, I gasped so dramatically that the chap in front of me turned around to see if I was alright. (I’m fine, I’m fine, really!) On top of that, I had two different dreams about cucamelons. TWO.

Some women dream of shoes; I dream of rad looking vegetables.

Needless to say, I was overjoyed to find some watermelon radishes kicking around the market a few weeks ago. As you can see, watermelon radishes are a unicorn of a veg with their splashy fuchsia center. The exterior of the fruit is pretty uninspiring, so if someone unfamiliar with the beauty of a watermelon radish ever buys one accidentally, they’re in for a pleasant surprise.

These bad boys were from Asheville, NC! So, *kind of* local, and extremely crisp + delicious. I didn’t want to just toss them into a salad, though. I wanted them to SHINE!

A few years ago we had friends bring a sliced baguette over. They slathered each slice with anchovy butter, and then topped them with thinly sliced radishes. It was mouth-watering, and when that memory popped into my head, I knew I had to make that.

Also, please don’t let the mention of anchovies frighten you. You can totally use capers instead of anchovies for a still-salty but less-fishy butter infusion. Capers are my go-to sub-in for anchovies, like in my vegetarian caesar salad dressing, and they work like a flippin’ charm.

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East Series, Food, Pescetarian, Soups + Stews

Easy 15-Minute Miso Soup

The belly-warming broth, the nourishing wakame, the silky soft bits of tofu… miso soup is something I’ve never been able to pass up when dining in a Japanese restaurant. (Especially after eating my weight in sushi.) For dessert, I would resist the green tea ice cream and happily sip at a some soothing miso soup instead.

Of course, in true Dana fashion, my adoration for this soup eventually developed some serious curiosity. After my meal, I’d whirl my spoon around in the mesmerizing cloudy broth to disrupt the suspended miso and wonder if this good stuff was something I could easily whip up in my own kitchen.

Fabulous news, friends: it is *so* easy.

(No really, it’s pretty effortless.)

With a few easy-to-acquire ingredients and 15 measly minutes, you can be delving into your very own bowl of restaurant-quality miso soup in the comfort of your own home.

You don’t even have to put pants on for this.

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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian

Fiery One-Pot Seafood Pasta With Arrabbiata Sauce


Pulling together a nourishing meal after a long day at work can be taxing, but that post-dinner clean up is the REAL thief of joy. I don’t know about you, but I can’t curl up on the couch with a cozy bowl of pasta and fall into a state of relief with a sink full of dishes; the thought of that crowded sink hovers over my head like a big dark cloud.

This is why one-pot pastas are a thing of beauty — a true knight in saucy armor.

Not only is this recipe a cinch, but it ups your dinner game with the inclusion of tender shrimp, sweet scallops, and juicy mussels which makes it ideal for a weeknight quick-fix or a next-level dinner party.

Oh, and the sauce? It packs one heck of a punch.

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East Series, Food, Pescetarian, Sides, tapa-tizers + snacks

Agedashi Tofu

Whenever I dine at a Japanese restaurant, exploring the appetizers is one of my favorite parts. It’s impossible to pass up on Japanese-style gyoza and lightly salted edamame. Of course, every once in a while, we order something we’ve never had before and are completely blown away — like agedashi tofu.

If you dig tofu and you frequent Japanese restaurants, you’ve probably had your fill of this crispy and pillowy goodness. If not, your proverbial socks are about to be blown off.

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