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Awesome Ed Carine’s Chicken Salad

Hello everyone, Oh, this weekend was amazing! We had our annual Parents Who Rock backyard fundraiser and the performers were so talented and generous with their time. We raised funds and awareness for KIND, Kids In Need of Defense. Check them out and feel free to contact me to donate if you were unable to attend our show: alma@takebackthekitchen.com. As I do every year, I just had to make a scrumptious lunch for our beloved

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Decadent Quinoa Cake for the Jewish Holidays or Whenevs

Hello everyone, It’s a small cooking world. My sister sent some of my other sisters and me a recipe a few years back for a gluten free quinoa cake. It sounded crazy, using cooked quinoa in a cake but I am always game for an experiment. The cake ended up being INSANELY delicious and my niece who eats gluten free loved it, as well as my other gluten free friends! Fast forward to when I

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Indian Inspired Eggplant

There’s a mobile produce truck that stops at different places in my town. I finally made it to one of the stops last week and picked up some tomatoes and eggplant. They came in pretty handy when I needed to make a side dish for my sister’s Roshashanah dinner. Sadly not everyone likes nightshades but a few people loved the dish I made. When I asked if my sister’s family wanted to keep the leftovers,

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Jackfruit “Tuna” Salad

Hello everyone, Well, I finally used the can of jackfruit I got at Trader Joe’s after I ate it at the Kripalu yoga retreat. It has a meaty texture, is healthy, and is canned which I love. I googled how to use it and saw that you can use it for mock tuna salad. I fiddled with some recipes on line and added some take back the kitchen flair.  I even fooled some family members

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Curried Chicken with Zucchini

Hello everyone, Yesterday, my husband texted me a photo of the NY Times recipe from the Wednesday Dining edition. It was a simple curried chicken dish for which I had most of the ingredients. On my way home from dropping my son at camp, I decided to stop by the supermarket, pick up the remaining ingredients and prepare it in the morning. We were going to have a hectic day until the evening so it

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Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

Hello everyone, I know I am often viewed as the mother earth in the kitchen with my kids, teaching them to cook and bake on their own as I watch them with joy in my heart and a smile on my face as they learn to be independent in the kitchen. Don’t be fooled. I can’t stand when my kids cook and make a mess. I get mad when they leave smears of butter on

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