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White Bean Dip with Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes

White Bean Dip with Pesto and Sun-dried Tomatoes | Umami GirlFor the life of me I can’t tell whether spring is a thing that exists anymore, but if so, it’s a great time for fuss-free entertaining! Here’s a nice, easy white bean dip for your next casual party. It’s high on flavor and low on hassle, and there’s a decent chance you can make it without a trip to the store. (Full disclosure: I went to the store, so.) White beans are way up there on the very short list of creamy good-for-you foods, and this dip is both satisfying and really pretty good for ya.  (more…)

Nicoise Deviled Eggs Recipe

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So. I’ve been on kind of a deviled egg bender recently. I think the month or so leading up to Easter put me in the mood. Though of course, tastefully(?) disheveled, inadvertent contrarian that I am, I neither made nor consumed any deviled eggs for actual Easter this year. Let’s just say I’ve since been making up for lost time as a sort of debt to society.

The thing is, it’s tough to get bored of deviled eggs unless you’re, shall we say, creatively challenged. There are so many fun and easy ways to make something extra-special from a simple, perfect hard-boiled egg.

Today we’re all about the Niçoise Deviled Egg, a super-savory, totally fabulous mashup of two classic dishes: deviled eggs and salade Niçoise. There are three perfect little umami-bombs packed into this recipe: olives, sun dried tomatoes, and tuna.  (more…)

Easy Ground Pork Tacos with Black Beans

Looking for a flavorful pork tacos recipe that doesn’t take all day? Look no further than these easy ground pork tacos with black beans.

Ground pork tacos recipe

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“Ask me about my taco problem.” That’s what it says on the t-shirt at the very top of the laundry pile of t-shirts I wish I had. I’d have worn that shirt like five days a week these past two weeks if I had it. It’d be soft like a corn tortilla and would make me feel a little bit spicy and a little bit vulnerable, like I’m speaking my truth without trying too hard.  (more…)

Ham and Pea Risotto with Feta and Tarragon

Ham and Pea Risotto with Feta and TarragonUm. Happy spring. Right? It’s the same-ish every year in New Jersey. Nothing but hopes and dreams where both the weather and all those elusive spring vegetables are concerned. In reality it’s wintry mix and frozen peas and a dull reawakening of expectations and longings. Maybe one day we’ll be worthy of asparagus or, if I may be so bold, strawberries. Today is not that day.  (more…)

Chinese Dumplings Recipe with Pork

Chinese Dumplings | Umami Girl

What’s up, dumpling? (Not harassing ya, promise. I’m talking to the food.)

I had a MOMENT on Chinese New Year, you guys. (Okay, now I’m talking to you.) It was a dumplings-or-bust kind of moment, very early in the day. If there were such a thing as too early in the day for dumplings, it would’ve been too early for dumplings. But I think we can all agree that there’s no such miserable thing as that.  (more…)


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