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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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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Avocado-Cilantro Crema

Hosting is often labeled an “art”, as in “the art of hosting” or “the art of entertaining.” I would argue that hosting is better described as a “practice”, much like either law or yoga, rather than an art. Practice, by the way, is defined as “repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill […]

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Avocado Chimichurri

  Christmas may be heralded as the most wonderful time of the year, but I think that’s pretty unfair to spring. Oh spring. I’m so glad you’ve arrived. The sun is still up when I get home and we have a couple of hours of daylight left to grill on the patio and catch up, […]

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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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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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Mexican Street-Style Corn Salad / Dip

Happy Cinco de Mayo! So perfect that this lovely day for margarita patio-drinking is on a Monday, isn’t it? Since I’m assuming that all Sparkle Kitchen readers are responsible adults with jobs, this year I’m sharing a side dish recipe instead of a more tequila-inspired one.  This is a take on the Mexican street food […]

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Mexican Huevo Skillet with Avocado, Pepitas, and Tomatillo Salsa

With all of 3 days until Christmas, I have got to start finish my holiday shopping! I have serious shopper’s anxiety. I avoid supercenters like the plague and then can only talk myself into going at very odd times (5:30 am grocery shopping) so I can avoid the crowds. I don’t know why shopping triggers […]

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