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Spinach Hummus Feta Dip

 My recipes make a sizeable shift at approximately the last week of August from salads and grill specialties to tailgate-ready appetizers. The start of football season brings opportunities to use the food processor to blend anything and everything until smooth. This year, though, I’ve been traveling later in the week and landing in our local airport later […]

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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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Pimento Cheese

Every so often I get a taste of something that captivates my taste buds beyond redemption. Infatuation. Obsession. All-consuming passion. This weekend, I fell under the spell of pimento cheese. I was served a pimento cheese appetizer with house-made bread and butter pickles at a rehearsal dinner on Friday night and ate not only my […]

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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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Caprese Dip with Pesto

This isn’t a recipe that I’m sharing because I’m proud of a fancy ingredient or a revolutionary cooking technique. Nope. I’m sharing the recipe because it is one that I fall back on time and time again when I’m cooking for friends. This dip is a real-life, everyday recipe that takes under five minutes of prep […]

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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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