Rx Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet

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It started with a tickle.

One bloodshot eye. Two. Pressure behind the bridge of the nose. Voice wavering between a scratchy lower octave and a breathy Marilyn Monroe-ish pitch.

The inevitable finally happened. After everything The Old North State has thrown at me in the past half-dozen years — hurricanes and tropical storms, dogged heat and humidity, countless bites from (insert insect type here), total annihilation of my crops in a curious array of manners — I succumbed. Southern. Allergies.

Humans, like other animals, have two hardwired coping mechanisms to adverse situations: evolve, or adjust behavior. Evolution miiiight take a while, so it’s prescription food to the rescue.

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Smoky Ethiopian Lentils

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When the temperatures are low and the winds are biting I crave all things warm and exotic from the kitchen. Consistently better weather, minus spring tornado season, is just moments away, but while we wait, bring on the spicy complexity of North African and Middle Eastern flavors and foods.

Smoked paprika and Ethiopian berbere — a mix of spices that includes dried red chiles de árbol and a slew of aromatics — steal the show here, with red onion, garlic, spicy fresh ginger and rich sun-dried tomatoes rounding out the earthy black lentils. A splash of balsamic vinegar swirled in at the end as a subtle but bright touch bringing everything together.

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Winter Salad with Yellow Beet, Blood Orange, Fennel and Chèvre

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After what seems like months of celebrations and travelling, we crave meals that are both hearty and light. Menus formed around fresh winter produce are vibrant and healthful, and keep us from feeling sluggish.

I’ve written about non-traditional salads in several previous posts, so I won’t go on too long about my appreciation of seasonal ingredients before sharing the recipe, but this stunner has everything to make any wintry day brighter.

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Citrus Medley Marmalade

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The entrance to 2015 brought the first doses of winter to our stretch of coastline in North Carolina. A shock after the near-80-degree highs on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

With mornings now breaking cold and windy comes a desire to linger over steaming mugs of milky coffee and crumpets we baked over the weekend. Just right to spread on top — a tangy, tart trio of pink grapefruit, orange and lemon.

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

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Amid all of the holiday feasting, light and simple recipes offer respite. Take this mushroom soup, for instance. 

A meager collection of ingredients transformed into a meal of pure comfort and satisfaction without weighing you down.

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