appetizer

Herbed Potato Crisps with Asiago, Bacon, and Honey

Disclaimer: I was given free Asiago cheese to review for this post. All opinions are my own.  After receiving a huge chunk of mature Asiago DOP in the mail one blissful day last week, I made plan after plan to whip up something deserving of a truly delicious cheese. The Asiago Consortium provided a lot […]

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Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper, and Chickpea Salad with Chevre

I approach making salad as I approach most things in my life. I either have a carefully thought-out method and have planned ahead of time, or I get an impulse and figure out how to make it happen.  This was one of those stand in front of my fridge, mouth slightly wrinkled, and sort through […]

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Baked Avocado, Corn, and Feta Wontons

These oven-baked wontons are rich in flavor and so much lower in fat than the deep-fried versions that we know and love. I’m going to take credit for making a healthy recipe as an alternative to all of that indulgent tailgate food. My recipes always stress healthy eating, especially on gameday. Oops. Now that I’ve officially […]

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Tzatziki Sauce and a Greek-Style Grill Feast

I absolutely love tailgating. I love planning the menu, inviting friends, and setting up a stunning table. It’s like taking a dinner party on the road, but you can skip anything remotely healthy and just graze on appetizers. What’s not to love?  Well, the only thing “not to love” is the prep work. It takes […]

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Bacon Jam

I know that the title of this recipe sounds like one of those ridiculous bacon-with-everything pairings that have been popular of late. Although I (and really, honestly, everyone else in the world) think that bacon is delicious, I don’t like the oneupsmanship with the strange bacon combinations. I tried a bacon chocolate bar and I […]

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Zucchini Bake with Pesto & Thyme

If you are a summer gardener, you probably have more zucchini than you know what to do with. If you frequent your local farmer’s market, you may have forgotten that you already bought zucchini at the store last week, bought a dozen gorgeous squash specimens from your favorite stand, then realized at home that you […]

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Peach Caprese

Summer grilling season is here and we are rejoicing at being able to to take the Sparkle Kitchen to the patio for the next few months. Citronella candles set the mood and the never-ending symphony of dogs barking at each other or making intense eye contact while panting provides the perfect ambiance while the mosquitoes treat themselves […]

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