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Lee Kalpakis

Pumpkin Pancakes with Salted Maple Butter

Perfectly fluffy, seriously spiced, not-too-sweet pumpkin pancakes with salty maple butter is the kind of breakfast you eat on a slow, crisp, weekend morning in autumn.

Marinated Sardine and Mashed Avocado Toast

This little dish works well as an elegant appetizer at your next fancy dinner party or a quick breakfast eaten feverishly on a super busy morning. Toast is versatile, comforting, and it makes everyone happy no matter the occasion.

Roasted Vegetable Israeli Couscous Salad

This recipe is a far cry from your typical side salad of lettuce and store-bought dressing. The combination of warm roasted veggies and crunchy raw greens tossed with Israeli couscous makes this dish a lighter take on pasta.

Pineapple Caramel Cake

This cake is a true delight.  It’s delicate, tropical, and has perfect texture. The star of the show is the caramel made by concentrating fresh pineapple juice.

Mussels in Red Sauce Over Fried Garlic Bread

These briny mussels submerged in spicy velvety tomato sauce would be lovely on their own, but pouring them all over a thick slice of crunchy, perfectly golden fried garlic bread makes the dish an all-time favorite.

Spicy Larb

Larb is the answer when you’re looking for something super satisfying that comes together quickly. The meat salad is often considered the “unofficial” national dish of Laos, and it easily…

Green Goddess Hummus with Crudités

This hummus tastes like springtime—and even the first hints of summer. It’s easy to make and the color is a real showstopper. Serve it with any veggies you have on…

Veggie Stuffed Shells

This recipe is my ideal stuffed shell scenario: filled with spinach, mushrooms, garlic, and herby goat cheese, and slathered in a thick savory tomato sauce. It’s satisfying, exciting, and is definitely more nutrient dense than old school stuffed shells.