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Three blue and white mugs filled with the best pea salad recipe ever are displayed on a blue and white platter on a wooden table.

Spring Salad with Peas and Prosciutto

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Spring is around the corner and we are getting so excited to start serving more fresh, spring-y recipes. ‘Tis the season for all things green! In the process of rounding up some amazing food to share with you, we stumbled on what we think is the best pea salad recipe ever. I mean, anything with […]

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Overhead view of three tea party salads on brightly colored floral plates on a wooden table, surrounded by greens.

3 Tea Party Salads for Your Next Soiree

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Tea parties are delightful with their platters of cookies, sweet scones, and tender cakes, but now and then it’s nice to have a healthier version replete with gorgeous tea party salads that delight the eye as well as the taste buds. Just because a tea party features salads instead of desserts does not mean that […]

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Mugs full of soup and fried onions are arranged on a wooden table along with a plate of grated cheese and fresh onions.

Two Dinner Party Soups to Comfort Your Soul

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While it’s fun to plan a lavish dinner party with all the trimmings, sometimes comfort food is in order, and dinner party soups fit the bill beautifully. From Macaroni and Cheese Soup with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and springy Curried Pea Soup to Thick and Savory Broccoli Stilton Soup or Caramelized Carrot Sweet Potato Soup, the […]

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Closeup side view of pear brie bites sitting on a black plate.

How Appetizing: Pear Brie Bites

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As the cooler temperatures start to make their appearance, all those favorite summer appetizers like chips and guacamole are starting simply not to cut it any more. This time of year we start craving something a little warmer, creamier, and decadent. However, we still aren’t looking for something quite so heavy as cocktail meatballs or […]

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Overhead view of a square pan of apple pandowdy surrounded by apples and a wooden rolling pin.

Apple Pandowdy Recipe with Yogurt Pastry Crust

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Old-fashioned desserts with quirky names always delight me, and this Apple Pandowdy Recipe is one of the best. Lusciously tender apples enveloped in a brown sugar sauce and topped with buttery pastry make a dessert of ultimate comfort and sublime deliciousness. The origins of the pandowdy go back to the early days of America, when […]

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Overhead view of a blue plate of apple slump surrounded by apples, oranges, a cup of tea, and apple slump baked in a red crock.

Cinnamon Rum Apple Slump Recipe

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I love trying old-fashioned American desserts, and this apple slump recipe delights me with its quirky name and homey simplicity. A slump is simply baked fruit with a dumpling crust that “slumps” around the fruit as it cooks. Also known as a grunt or pandowdy, a slump is pure comfort food, especially when served hot […]

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Overhead view of a roasted strawberry beet salad with balsamic dressing.

Roasted Strawberry Beet Salad

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Around here we love strawberries, and we love beets. They are both naturally sweet and delicious, which makes them extra special in our book. So when the idea popped up to combine these ingredients using a couple of our favorite recipes, we were totally on board and this roasted strawberry beet salad was born. Using […]

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Overhead view of a butternut squash tart with a glass of squash seeds, and a halved butternut squash.

Butternut Squash Tart with Curry Spice Crust

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Few vegetables speak fall to me more than squash, and a Butternut Squash Tart is a delectable way to celebrate the return of this glorious season with its cooler weather, luscious colors, and permission to slow down after a busy summer. Butternut squash is such a lovely, versatile ingredient. Whether you use it as a […]

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Overhead view of a jar of spiced pear jam on a wooden table with slices of bread and a cup of loose leaf tea.

Better Than Grandma’s Pear Preserves: Spiced Pear Jam Recipe

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If you loved Grandma’s pear preserves growing up, you will swoon over this spiced pear jam. Smooth, sweet, and lightly spiced, it is a luscious spread for your morning toast or afternoon scones straight out of the oven. Fragrant with cardamom and cinnamon, this spiced pear jam also has a special twist thanks to the […]

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A row of goat cheese and honey stuffed cherry tomatoes sits on a plate.

Two Bite-Sized Stuffed Cherry Tomato Recipes

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Cherry tomatoes are the host’s dream when it comes to simple appetizers that pack a punch. These two stuffed cherry tomato recipes are just the right size for a single bite, making them the perfect vessel for a number of delicious fillings. Not to mention, the bright red color makes them stand out on just […]

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Apples and Blue Cheese Sweet Potato Bites

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Looking for something a little different to serve for your next party? Why not try these sweet potato bites with apples and blue cheese? They come together quickly and are packed with flavor. These savory little bites will go a long way to livening up your usual spread. Starting with sweet potato chips as the […]

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honey vinaigrette dressing is poured onto a strawberry blueberry salad with walnuts.

Strawberry Blueberry Salad Recipe with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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April means that spring is in full swing. Birds are flitting about, early spring blooms are pushing their way out from the newly defrosted ground. We are all getting excited for warmer weather, fun spring activities, and of course all the amazing flavors of spring — like the ones found in this strawberry blueberry salad […]

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overhead view of an arugula salad with candied pecans, peaches, and honey citrus dressing on a blue and white plate

Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans

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Lettuce can be downright boring all by itself, but with a bit of imagination, it can be transformed into something not just delicious, but truly decadent. This recipe for arugula salad with candied pecans is one way to launch a plain old salad from simple to divine. Lettuce Any lettuce can be made delectable with […]

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overhead view of a serving of baked apple casserole with chocolate oat topping in a floral dish, surrounded by red apples and a silver spoon on a wooden surface

Baked Apple Casserole with Chocolate Oat Topping

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There’s something supremely comforting about apples baked with spices and brown sugar. On a cold winter’s day, baked apple casserole with chocolate oat topping takes comfort to new levels of deliciousness. Baked apple casserole is simply sliced apples mixed with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon then baked with a crunchy topping. It is lovely served […]

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bright green curried pea soup in blue and white toile dishes

Curried Pea Soup for Zest and Warmth

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As the dark days of winter get colder, I like to add warming spices to nearly everything I make, including that nourishing stand-by, pea soup. Pea soup often gets a bad rap with its insipid color and distinct lack of zing. But this curried pea soup, made with frozen or fresh peas instead of dried […]

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This Broccoli Stilton Soup recipe is rich and thick and savory, a wonderful soup to warm the cockles and nourish the soul.

Thick and Savory Broccoli Stilton Soup

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There are certain soups that beg for a cold wintry day to truly strut their stuff, and Broccoli Stilton Soup is one of them. Rich and thick and savory, it is a wonderful soup recipe to warm the cockles and nourish the soul. Gather Comforting Ingredients Stilton cheese is a beautiful blue cheese, creamy and […]

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus.

Warming Winter Foods List for Easy Entertaining

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus. Menu duos offer simplicity to your planning when hosting a party, and they highlight for your guests memorable tastes to truly savor. Gluten Free: Chicken and Dumplings & Rice Salad This hearty […]

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These Butternut Squash Creme Brulee Pots are pure comfort food on a cold winter’s night, with the richness of the custard brightened by sweet roasted butternut squash.

Butternut Squash Creme Brulee Pots

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The holidays are great occasions to take time-honored recipes and make them new by turning them on their heads. Crème brulee is nearly always a sweet dessert with a melted sugar crust, but it’s so easy to turn it into savory goodness with vegetables, cheese, and fragrant herbs. These Butternut Squash Creme Brulee Pots are […]

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Mulled Wine & Pizza Party with Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Mulled Wine & Pizza Party with Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Wine and pizza are a classic pairing, but as fall rolls in we thought it would be fun to kick it up a notch by combining homemade mulled wine and pizza to create a fun fall pizza party. It’s the perfect last-chance way to finish up the outdoor entertaining season. With the beautiful fall colors […]

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Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Caramelized Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

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This classic fall soup is wonderfully flavorful, creamy, and comforting. The use of root vegetables — which are just ready to be harvested at this time of year and stored to be used all winter long — means that you can recreate this caramelized carrot sweet potato soup recipe for months to come. By roasting […]

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chai infused apple butter recipe

Chai Infused Apple Butter

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As we move into fall, apples are becoming available in abundance. Every year we like to do what we can to preserve their amazing flavor during its peak. Aside from the usual crumbles (like this Spicy Orange Apple Crumble), coffee cakes, and pies (or almost pies) we also like to put away a few jars […]

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Sweet and Spicy Corn Dip

Sweet and Spicy Corn Dip

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This is a simple southwestern style corn dip recipe that is addictively good, wonderfully bright, and comes together in just minutes. It’s the perfect thing to serve for an early fall get together or a potluck. This time of year sweet corn is at its height of flavor and available everywhere, so of course we […]

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Sweet Potato Nachos

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos with Avocado Crema

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Nachos are one of our favorite summer dishes. They can be anything from an appetizer to a whole meal depending on how involved you want to get. They are completely customizable and make a great addition to your next cook-out menu. We love these Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos because they are a little on the […]

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bruschetta bar

How to Create a Build-Your-Own Bruschetta Bar

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While you all know we love a good party, throwing an entire dinner party can be a lot of work! Sometimes we just want to invite “our people” over for some company and good food. The options to make this happen are to either cook everything yourself, which can be a bit grueling, especially in […]

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strawberry peach pico recipe

Perfect Summer Strawberry Peach Pico Recipe

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Summer is fast approaching. It’s a time of year when salsa seems to be on every single menu, and why not? It’s an easy, delicious appetizer that almost anyone can enjoy, even with most dietary restrictions. However, it can be easy to get a little tired of the same thing all season, so we decided […]

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savory vegetable tarts gluten free crust

2 Savory Vegetables Tarts with Gluten Free Crust

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I’m a big fan of savory tarts. Not simply because they’re delicious, but because they’re endlessly versatile, easy to make, and they work equally well with regular or gluten-free crusts. Here are two vegetarian tart recipes perfect for brunch or your next tea time. The Crust Savory tarts start with a par-baked crust that becomes […]

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A Trio of Unusual Root Vegetable Soup Recipes

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Rain fell beautifully this morning as I fried onions and peeled potatoes and collected the things I needed to make soups with unusual root vegetables. While most of us are familiar with carrots, turnips, beets, and taters, there are some other less familiar but equally wonderful root veggies that taste marvelous and work brilliantly in […]

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balsamic beet salad

Beet It: Balsamic Beet Salad

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Beets are one of those unique vegetables that you either love or hate; there’s very rarely anyone on the fence about the flavor of beets. Touted as “nature’s candy,” this vibrant purple root vegetable generally has a bright and very sweet flavor. Beets have such a rich color that they have often been used to […]

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wild rice lentil salad recipe

Warming Winter Wild Rice and Lentil Salad

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What is a winter salad, you ask? That’s a very good question and, truth be told, we aren’t really sure ourselves — but we’re going with it because it sounds like fun. Yes, I just described a salad as fun. With Thanksgiving and Christmas and all of the holiday get-togethers, we are pretty much surrounded […]

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushrooms, Spinach, & Rice

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Squash is one of those quintessential autumn foods that, here in the US, we have all come to recognize. It comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making for some very fun and festive vegetables, often used not only in cuisine but also as decorations during the holidays. One of our favorite […]

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Dark Chocolate Seed + Nut Bites

Dark Chocolate Seed + Nut Bites

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Pining for something healthy yet decadent this season? Look no further than these delicious and versatile Dark Chocolate Seed and Nut Bites. Although the holidays are often filled with sugar-laden treats, these tasty morsels are only as sweet as the chocolate you use to make them. Choose a rich, dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate instead […]

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autumn arugula salad

Autumn Arugula Salad with Acorn Squash and Candied Pecans

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Well, it’s full on fall around here. The leaves have changed to all shades of vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges; it’s a kaleidoscope of color as they dance their way to the ground to be crunched under tiny, warm boots on the way to classes. It’s the time of year when you need lots of […]

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bacon wrapped grilled pears

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Pears with Arugula

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Bacon wrapped anything is usually a recipe for success, mainly because bacon is so delicious. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon? Personally, I am a fan, a big one at that. I especially love when bacon is wrapped around fresh seasonal fruits like these grilled pears, served with arugula, pecans, and a mustard dressing. The […]

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burmese tea leaf salad

Eat Your Tea: Burmese Tea Leaf Salad Recipe

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Myanmar is a country that uses “have you eaten?” as a greeting rather than “hello,” so you know that good food is a cultural priority. It was there this summer that I stumbled upon my latest food obsession, and your next culinary adventure: the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad. Also known as lahpet thoke in Burmese, […]

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fava bean salad

Savory Summer Veggie and Fava Bean Salad

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While the excitement of summer vegetables begins, this is the chance to take advantage of the best local produce. The bright green color and crispy shallot topping of this fava bean salad are a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. The vegetables are cooked until just tender and tossed in a […]

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arugula walnut pasta salad recipe

Arugula + Walnut Pasta Picnic Salad Recipe

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Pasta salad is an American favorite and almost always the potluck staple dish. There is one at nearly every dinner party, back yard barbecue, work party, or other event, which makes sense since it’s so easy to toss together and goes with nearly everything. It also happens to almost always look exactly the same; you […]

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cauliflower bites

Almond Crusted Cauliflower Bites

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Now that the Plum Deluxe staff addiction to almonds is out in the open (see the almond crusted sweet potato fries recipe for the scoop), we can get back to business with putting almonds in everything. What’s the perfect thing to pair almonds with? Yes, we know, sugar and spice. But how about veggies? They […]

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Crispy Almond Crusted Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

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So, guys, I have a food addiction. Specifically, an addiction to almonds. I want to eat all. the. almonds. Salty, spicy, sweet, savory — give me all the almonds! (It’s even in my tea.) It’s gotten to the point where I’ve been wondering if I have some sort of dietary deficiency because I’m craving them so much. And […]

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Awesome Strawberry Hazelnut Salad with Balsamic Chicken & Goat Cheese

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I thought our Carnivale Caprese Salad was my favorite salad recipe ever until I stumbled upon this creative Strawberry Hazelnut Salad with balsamic chicken and goat cheese. A hearty enough salad to be a healthy dinner entree, this really hits all the taste buds. And honestly, it doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting to […]

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watermelon salad

Deluxe Watermelon Salad Recipe

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There are few fruits I lust after more than a fresh summer watermelon. I just cannot get enough. You can use the whole watermelon and I even drink it by putting it in my spa water. Today I want to highlight my favorite summer delight: deluxe watermelon salad. My version has feta and strawberries, along […]

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Making a Meal of Zucchini Madness

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I have more zucchini experience than I’d like to admit. They say that if you plan on planting zucchini, you better have a lot of friends. Well, one summer I made a gardening miscalculation and learned that I had far fewer friends than I thought! Enter several weeks of raw zucchini salad with almond pesto, […]

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Eat the Rainbow: Celebrate the Beauty of Food with 3 Recipes

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Eating the rainbow. I just like saying it, but really like to do it. Eating the rainbow is all about enjoying real food, less the artificial food coloring in processed foods. When we enjoy whole foods, not from a box or bag, we savor fresh flavors, tantalize the palate with gorgeous colors, and get better-for-your-body […]

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The Wonders of the Spaghetti Squash

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When it comes to things that I look forward to in the fall and winter, spaghetti squash is at the top. If you have not heard of spaghetti squash let me enlighten you to its wonders and versatility. The spaghetti squash is an oblong seed-bearing variety of winter squash. Most of the time it is […]

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Using the Whole Pumpkin (For People Sick of Pie)

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Well, its that time of year again: fall! Which just happens to be both the best and worst time of year for cooking. If you’re like me, I’ll bet you can’t wait for fall for the love of pumpkin, but with that comes the slew of bad pumpkin teas, coffees, bread — and who can […]

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Get Thoroughly Pickled: The World of Gourmet Pickles

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If you are like me, when you hear the word “pickle” you automatically think of the words “dill,” “gherkin,” and “Swedish.” However, if you are not from the United States or Canada, this is not true; your world of pickles is far grander than ours. Once you leave the comfort of the pickled cucumber behind, […]

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How To Rethink the Watermelon: Using the Whole Fruit

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Well it’s that time again: summer. Time for picnics, barbeques, and graduation parties. What do all these things have in common, besides the fact that the season is littered with them? Watermelon. Or should I say, cubes or slices of watermelon. Because let’s face it, people, that is really the only way that we eat […]

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Carnivale Caprese Salad

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One of my favorite spring/summer time recipes is the basic “caprese salad.” A little mozzarella cheese, heirloom tomato, and large basil leaves, slap them together on a plate, throw on a little bit of balsamic vinegar and run to the dining room table as quickly as you can: it’s a delightful combination. Recently, while planning […]

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An Ode to Roasted Strawberries

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I’d always preferred my berries fresh, until I the day I bit into a succulent roasted strawberry. It was a revelation: The tartness of the fresh strawberry had disappeared and in its place was a wine-rich depth of flavor that at once mellowed and intensified. I was smitten. I still love fresh strawberries, especially those […]

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