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Grill Inspiration

This post is dedicated to today – Friday. A day for wrapping up the work week and contemplating all of the┬áchores I have neglected things you’re going to grill over the weekend. This post doesn’t feature a single recipe. That’s the best part about grilling. No need for precision. Grilling is so forgiving. Marinades don’t […]

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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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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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Summer Grill Inspiration

Late spring has ushered in days that start out chilly and tip dangerously close to hot during the afternoons. The long days are sunny into the early evenings and the intense rain is subsiding as we get ready for summer. It’s at this exact time of year that I’m the most comfortable outside – if even […]

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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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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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Lemongrass & Yellow Curry Marinade

You’re probably going to see plenty more marinade and grill-ready recipes up on The Sparkle Kitchen in the next couple of months. There are two primary reasons for my impending flavorful-marinade frenzy.  First is the weather. Today was about 77 degrees and perfectly sunny. I’ve mentioned before that I’m just dying for the warm weather […]

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Zucchini, pumpkin & roasted chicken salad {and some Christmas cheer!}

The holiday season makes everyone feel like a kid again. Christmas growing up meant a real Christmas tree, usually from our land, loads of homemade decorations accumulated over the years, and of course delicious food. This is my first Christmas as a homeowner and also my first married Christmas. So the pressure has really been on […]

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Things You Should Really Be Grilling

This post isn’t so much a recipe as it is a gallery of late summer grilling inspiration. This is the first summer that I have had a grill that I feel comfortable using all by myself (no Fiance required). I’ve leveraged this grill and the amazing weather to make some delicious concoctions. Grilling meat is […]

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