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Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus Summer Salad

We celebrated Father’s Day in the traditional way – with a multi-course meat dinner! It’s a lot of fun having my parents and my in-laws in the same town. And when I say “fun,” I mean we can celebrate holidays together, thus turning every minor event into a gourmet potluck. What other kind of fun […]

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Crab Cakes Benedict with Avocado and Asparagus

My contribution to our family’s Christmas morning is breakfast. Well, I call it “brunch,” but by that all I mean is that mimosas are required. It’s still technically early enough to be considered breakfast.  I make the “staples” each year: a quiche (my sister’s very favorite thing that I make) and roasted potatoes. This year, […]

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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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Herb-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Red Peppers & Asparagus

Roasted chicken and vegetables is one of my favorite comfort foods (in the “healthy comfort food” subsection, of course).  Don’t worry cookie dough, you’re still on top of the all-around favorite comfort food list.  I knew I was going to have to work late one evening a few weeks ago, so I marinated some chicken […]

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Balsamic quinoa with sautéed asparagus and a creamy pesto-marinara sauce

Impromptu nights with friends are so much fun. When you have an hour to get ready and no one is expecting much, it’s always a great time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. I’m terrible about putting so much effort into every cocktail party that I often lose sight of the reason that I […]

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