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Summer Salad Inspiration

I wanted to share some of the salad success stories I’ve had this summer. Instead of posting exact recipes with step-by-step instructions and quantities, I’m posting the combinations that I found truly divine and plenty of photos to guide you and your cutting board to salad nirvana. Adjust the ingredients, add things you like omit […]

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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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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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Roasted Sweet Potato, Corn, & Black Bean Salad

On Thursday afternoon, one of my co-workers reminded me that we had a work potluck lunch the next day. I looked at her like she just told me that bacon isn’t delicious. Crazy talk. I had completely, thoroughly, and determinedly erased the potluck from my memory. I had somehow managed to set aside completely not […]

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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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Pesto-Balsamic Couscous with Butternut Squash and Feta

Fall really feels like it is in full swing now that November is here! The arrival of November marks my one year “blogaversary” and as of today I’ve officially been married for one month (can you believe Husband didn’t wake me up with a poem and flowers?!).  It’s also my first fall in my new […]

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Pan-Seared Salmon with a Miso, Ginger, and Lemongrass Marinade

Halloween has long been one of my favorite holidays because it’s such a fun, lighthearted fall celebration. This year was the best Halloween thus far for me because it was the first Halloween that I’ve been a homeowner and also our first holiday as an old married couple! We commemorated the evening with holiday decor:  […]

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Honey-Balsamic Parsnip, Carrot & Avocado Salad

My friends sometimes tease me for describing food or ingredients as “nice”. Please excuse me, dears, but this is a very nice salad indeed. Roasting the parsnips and carrots with honey and balsamic draws out the flavor considerably. Your tastebuds will be downright tantalized.  Tossing anything with fresh parsley, avocado, and lemon juice is a […]

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