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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 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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Bacon & Tomato Smoked Cabbage Wedges

Like anyone with a bit of British cooking heritage, I really, really enjoy cabbage. I just don’t understand why it hasn’t achieved the popularity that I think it deserves. There’s nothing simpler than sauteing chopped cabbage with a bit of butter and seasoning with salt and pepper for a side dish. Husband tried to refuse to sample cabbage cooked this way […]

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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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Zucchini Bake with Pesto & Thyme

If you are a summer gardener, you probably have more zucchini than you know what to do with. If you frequent your local farmer’s market, you may have forgotten that you already bought zucchini at the store last week, bought a dozen gorgeous squash specimens from your favorite stand, then realized at home that you […]

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Soft Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

This recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies tastes like pure comfort to me. What does pure comfort taste like for me? Cashmere and Veuve. Vanilla, butter, oatmeal, toasted nuts, and brown sugar. So I combined all of these items (excusing the cashmere and Veuve) into a new cookie recipe.  I also used a touch of […]

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