Cheese Boards

My key to hosting parties: having a spread of appetizers that guests can enjoy. In my house, this usually takes the form of a cheese board. The appetizer on arrival is the greatest distraction technique any host can deploy. Guests now have an area that you’ve subtly invited them to gather in and have a […]

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Grill Inspiration

This post is dedicated to today – Friday. A day for wrapping up the work week and contemplating all of the chores I have neglected things you’re going to grill over the weekend. This post doesn’t feature a single recipe. That’s the best part about grilling. No need for precision. Grilling is so forgiving. Marinades don’t […]

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White Bean Tahini Spread

They say that necessity is the mother of invention (“they”, of course, meaning Plato). I’m no innovator, but I do find it necessary to replicate delicious restaurant meals at home on a regular basis. Cue my first visit to a new restaurant in town, Arsaga’s Church & Center. The concept in this cozy spot is toasts and […]

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Tomato Basil Bisque

After a few weeks of enduring a nagging sore throat, I have had plenty of time and inclination to hone my soup-craft. This recipe, to paraphrase Isaac Newton in a context that he would find thoroughly appropriate, is only possible by standing on the shoulders of giants.  In this case, the “giant” is The Pioneer Woman. Her original […]

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Butternut, Chickpea, and Zucchini Curry

I know, I know – another Sparkle Kitchen recipe with butternut squash and curry. You could look at this one of several ways. You could think I’m a one-trick pony with an insatiable pumpkin craving. Or maybe I have amnesia and am forced to recreate the wheel with every curry. At this point, maybe you’ve […]

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