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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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Butternut, Chickpea, and Zucchini Curry

I know, I know – another Sparkle Kitchen recipe with butternut squash and curry. You could look at this one of several ways. You could think I’m a one-trick pony with an insatiable pumpkin craving. Or maybe I have amnesia and am forced to recreate the wheel with every curry. At this point, maybe you’ve […]

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Cheddar and Herb Cauliflower "Biscuits"

Maybe it’s a bit misleading to call these biscuits. Maybe I should have gone with another name. The reason I went with “biscuits” is because I think that they taste as close to the much-admired Cheddar Bay Biscuit as you can get* in the flavor department. *I should say: as close as you can come to […]

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Roasted Vegetable Curry Soup with Chicken and Quinoa

After a Labor Day weekend filled with friends, house guests, and an impromptu cookout, we had a refrigerator brimming with fantastic homemade leftovers that I really had no desire whatsoever to eat again. There are only so many times each week that I can get excited about the same meal. Even when the “same meal” […]

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Turnip greens with chickpeas and tomatoes

We celebrated Husband’s last year in his 20s with a “meat brunch” (his idea, not mine) over the weekend. The party was a fun, casual, backyard affair with meats of every variety and a few brunch standards as well. Husband learned a few new tricks on the smoker, and I learned that you can, in […]

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Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo

There are some flavors that are inextricably linked to seasons. Pumpkin, for example, is a fall staple. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and peppermint make me think of winter. Summer is the season of watermelon, and for me, grilled corn.  Grilling corn until it is slightly charred adds phenomenal flavor depth to a vegetable that can be […]

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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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Italian Roasted Cauliflower with Olives & Tomatoes

Easy, healthy, flavorful, and self-sufficient. Those adjectives comprise my “big four” for weeknight cooking. When I say self-sufficient, I mean that the dish needs to just cook on its own without too much fussing required from the cook. I just finished a long day of work {in heels} and a thirty mile commute. I’m not […]

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