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I know that some of you were probably worrying these past few days over what I was going to do with all of those leftover vegetables I roasted for the monster salad I made last week. All that food potentially going to waste, it would be such a travesty. Truth be told, I’m not always efficient at using the leftovers I have in my fridge and may often find a forgotten tupperware from dinners past in the fridge weeks later that I have to send straight to the composting. But not this time, no sir, roasted fennel and beets must be used to their maximum capacity and here I had to get a little creative.

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Winter Salad

January and salad isn’t usually a quick association I make in my mind, but January and heavy food detox is. I was assigned to make a ‘mystery salad’ to bring for a dinner last weekend and I was a little intimidated. Salad offerings don’t come very easily to me as I tend to have a hard time with dressings and sometimes get bored with my go-to favorites but still I wanted to give it my best shot.  It didn’t seem right to throw in a bunch of tomatoes, corn, or other out-of-season choices so here I went with some hearty winter vegetables and strong leafy greens to have a salad that was rich and could stand up at the dinner table with other winter dishes.

Incidentally, roasted fennel is quite possibly my new favorite thing in the world.

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Chicken Adobo Soup

I know, I know, another soup. It’s just that time of the year and I love me some leftovers.

Now here is a problem I didn’t anticipate.  I thought that moving to San Francisco would be a wondrous treat perfect for indulging my cooking needs; that I would be furiously sauteeing and braising and roasting my little heart out, barely stopping to breathe before darting out to pick up some more delicious fresh ingredients from the farmer’s market in anticipation of the next great thing to come out of my kitchen. I thought I would be overwhelmed by inspiration and spend my days happily experimenting with new flavors and ingredients. That is, until I started walking around this awesome city where it is unbelievably hard to ignore the riches of good food being offered at restaurants and on street corners alike. And then I found the 7×7 100 Things to Eat in San Francisco Before You Die list, and then the holidays came and all of my relatives were forcing food upon me, and then…well and then it was January 11th and my mom was wondering why I hadn’t posted in over a month. You know how it goes, when you’re out dragging your brother to the local empanada food truck or trying to catch up with the Twittering Crème Brûlée cart in the Mission (yes, such fabulous things do exist) your pots and pans get neglected.

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