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When I was a kid, cooked peas and carrots were the veggie combo that scared me to death. I couldn’t stand them, and thought they were not only mushy and tasteless but torture to eat.

As an ode to my childhood fears, I made a Spooky Pasta Salad fit for Halloween night.

This is what I’ve learned about peas, I like them fresh and crisp. (You’ll need 2 cups.)

This is what I’ve learned about carrots, I like them raw and spiralized. (You’ll need 2 large fresh carrots.)

This doesn’t look so frightening, does it?

To keep that Halloween Spirit, mix them both with a fun black pasta. (I used one bag of Trader Joe’s Black Bean Rotini, cooked according to package instructions and cooled.)

Then toss with my favorite dressing of:
– 3 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
– 6 Tablespoons Light (in color) Olive Oil
– 1 finely diced shallot
– 1 tsp dijon mustard

I think my childhood nightmare has turned into a dream!

Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy’s website is Jac o’ lyn Murphy; You can also follow her creative thoughts on Instagram.

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Bring on the green and make cream o’ spinach soup for St. Patrick’s Day

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When you have the last name Murphy, March is a time of luck and leprechauns, celebrations and of course, clovers. Everything seems more glorious and green, not only in our surroundings but in what we eat. I am kicking off the season with a special pot at the end of the rainbow — Cream O’Spinach Soup. It’s […]

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Changemaker: Menlo Park superintendent of schools Eric Burmeister

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Most in my local community already knows this dynamic community leader: Erik Burmeister is the Menlo Park City School District‘s young and progressive Superintendent. His vision for our schools is creative and thoughtful. I had the pleasure of meeting Erik a few years ago when he was still a middle school principal, and I have been […]

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Changemakers: Dr. Marion Nestle and an arugula salad in her honor

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Editor’s note: Former chef and now Menlo Park stay-at-home mom, Andrea Potischman, is launching a new series on her blog Simmer and Sauce called Changemakers. We featured part one of her interview with Dr. Marion Nestle on Feb. 1, and today follow up with the recipe in part two. The post can be viewed in […]

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Moroccan stewed chickpeas with spinach makes the perfect winter meal

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Let’s talk about chickpeas and how awesome they are. My older son eats them straight up, a habit he picked up from me. Also called garbanzo beans, these babies are not only delicious, they are packed with protein and vitamins. Although most people think of them as a vegetable, chickpeas are a legume with a […]

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“The Diary of Anne Frank” is presented by Menlo Drama Feb. 10-12

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The Diary of Anne Frank, based upon the writings of young Anne Frank, detailing life-in-hiding under Nazi terror in World War II is the upcoming Menlo Drama production. Anne’s diary lent a voice to the fight for human dignity, and this adaptation brings to life one of the most important people of the 20th century, […]

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Genomics and personalized medicine is Café Scientifique topic on Sept. 10

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Dr. Michael Snyder will discuss the impact of genome sequencing and other omics technology in the treatment of human disease and in everyday health care of healthy people at the next Café Scientifique on September 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Synder is Professor and Chair of Genetics Director at the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Café […]

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Bring out the barbeque for Memorial Day good eats

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Hard to believe we’re into Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer! It’s a perfect weekend for firing up the BBQ and doing some grilling. Here are a three recipes to tempt your appetite: Summertime Tri-Tip on the Weber BBQ – One of my all-time favorites. Tri-tip is perfect for BBQ’ing over charcoal […]

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Grapefruit bounty turned into different sort of Salty Dog

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Every Christmas we go grapefruit picking in Palm Springs. We all head out on the golf cart and hunt for the ripest trees around my parents’ house. Well, this year was the best “pickins” we have ever had, and I have spent the last week trying to figure out a way to use our bounty! One of my favorite drinks […]

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Keep the good Giants orange vibe going with persimmon perfection

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Menlo Park resident David Sowerine let us know that a tree from his yard is yielding the perfect way to continue the San Francisco Giants celebration and get ready to add a touch of orange to this month’s Thanksgiving holiday. “The 1940s persimmon tree’s bounty is on at 999 Olive St.,” emailed David. “We’re once […]

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Make-ahead malted milk blondies for Memorial Day picnics

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It’s nice to have a lazy day when the biggest decision is what to bake. Earlier this week, the large box of Whoopers on my kitchen counter was too tempting to resist experimenting with! These malted milk blondies aren’t too sweet and have crisp edges with soft, moist centers.

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