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Jamie Claire

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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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Smoked Petit Jean Bologna with Smoked Jalapeno Mustard BBQ Sauce

My recent recipe collaboration with Petit Jean Meats is now posted on their website. I shared our method for smoked bologna, plus a smoked jalapeno and mustard barbecue sauce on their recipe website, Petit Jean Eats, today. Two smoked recipes for the price of one? Well, not really. The recipes are free. But certainly they are […]

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Shakshouka with Sausage + Roasted Butternut

I spend a solid portion of the first half of December debating what to make for Christmas brunch. The pressure is purely intrinsic; my family would happily eat anything that I pulled together. In this case, the challenge is finding something that will impress the best cook I have ever met – my mother! Her […]

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Red wine portobello and Brie bites

The end of the year brings with it so many tidings. From holiday cheer to work parties to visits from friends who have moved away, there is much to do in little time.  For occasions when you truly have very little time, this recipe is here to provide relief. It’s low-maintenance, easy, and will let […]

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Cheddar and Herb Cauliflower "Biscuits"

Maybe it’s a bit misleading to call these biscuits. Maybe I should have gone with another name. The reason I went with “biscuits” is because I think that they taste as close to the much-admired Cheddar Bay Biscuit as you can get* in the flavor department. *I should say: as close as you can come to […]

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Italian Zucchini, Sundried Tomato, and Olive Cornbread

I’ve started going overboard with my soup and chili recipes. I’m all about a comforting broth this time of year. If I had my way, I probably wouldn’t eat solid food from early October until about March. Curries and bisques and stews could keep me satisfied all winter long, I’m sure of it.  Rather than […]

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