Counting My Blessings

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It has been a little over a month since my last post. While I would have loved to share new recipes with you, I haven’t had the time (or energy) to write. For weeks, Mark and I were getting ready to sell our house, fully expecting to move into a condo. Less than 21 hours before closing, however,… 

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Hearts of Palm Veggie Hoagies

Hearts of Palm Veggie Hoagies | Unexpectedly Magnificent

I love trying recipes from other vegan blogs, because it’s a great way to experiment with new ingredients. Last month, Keepin’ It Kind introduced me to hearts of palm. I immediately became addicted to Kristy’s vegan cheese. (You need to try it. I put it on everything!) Imagine my excitement when, a few weeks later, The Veg Life shared hearts of… 

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Wild Mushroom and Arugula Risotto

Wild Mushroom and Arugula Risotto | Unexpectedly Magnificent

Do you watch Top Chef? My sister introduced me to it during season 6, and I watched it religiously for a few years (until Last Chance Kitchen became a regular thing, and—spoiler alert!—they eliminated Kristen over Josie in season 10. I mean, really. Kristen was obviously the best.) Risotto is one of the most notorious dishes you can… 

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Chinese Cabbage Noodle Salad

Chinese Cabbage Noodle Salad | Unexpectedly Magnificent

After making Pan-Seared Tofu Fried Rice last week, I was in the mood for another homemade Asian meal. As much as I love the fried rice, I don’t always have the patience to grate the ginger, slice the scallions, and steam the rice for 20 minutes. (I know, I know. I’m Chef Boy-Are-You-Lazy.) Thankfully, this Chinese Cabbage Noodle… 

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Pan-Seared Tofu Fried Rice

Pan-Seared Tofu Fried Rice | Unexpectedly Magnificent

Every Thursday night, I create a dinner menu for the upcoming week, before I go food shopping the next afternoon. I come up with five weekday meals using various sources of protein: beans, tofu, quinoa, etc. I like mixing tried-and-true recipes with one or two new ones. My Pinterest page is full of meals I want to try! After cooking… 

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Home At Last

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Last weekend, our family of two became a family of three: We adopted a rescue dog. We named him Bruno, after the dog in Cinderella. (One of my goals in life is to have a family of dogs named after canine Disney characters.) He is a 3- to 4-year-old schnauzer/terrier mix. Bruno loves snuggling, playing with tennis balls,… 

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Pesto Crostini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pesto Crostini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes | Unexpectedly Magnificent

On our first date, Mark and I had a Gilmore Girls marathon. (I knew right away he was a keeper!) In the 3+ years since that first date, TV show marathons have become a household tradition. We’ll watch a show from the very beginning and make our way through the series. Because our tastes change (and because… 

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Quinoa Tabouli with Roasted Tomatoes

Quinoa Tabouli with Roasted Tomatoes

It’s fitting that the first recipe I’m posting on my blog is adapted from a meal my mom used to make for me. She is the reason I love to cook; I grew up eating her homemade pesto, carrot cake, and balsamic vinaigrette. One of my all-time favorite meals was her tabouli. When I first moved… 

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A Sweet Beginning

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As the Jewish holiday of Passover is coming to an end, Unexpectedly Magnificent is beginning. This blog has been a long time in the making. I am equal parts excited and nervous, which is how I usually feel when I’m about to start something new. Change intimidates me. Instead of avoiding change, however, I’ve decided… 

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