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Avocado Chimichurri

  Christmas may be heralded as the most wonderful time of the year, but I think that’s pretty unfair to spring. Oh spring. I’m so glad you’ve arrived. The sun is still up when I get home and we have a couple of hours of daylight left to grill on the patio and catch up, […]

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Roasted Cauliflower, Butternut, and Chickpeas in a Tangy Tahini Vinaigrette

When I have a good recipe on my hands, I make it repeatedly until I either run out of ingredients and get over the craving.I can incorporate the same leftovers into three meals a day and not feel bored at all. That’s the story of this little recipe for roasted cauliflower, butternut squash, and chickpeas […]

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Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper, and Chickpea Salad with Chevre

I approach making salad as I approach most things in my life. I either have a carefully thought-out method and have planned ahead of time, or I get an impulse and figure out how to make it happen.  This was one of those stand in front of my fridge, mouth slightly wrinkled, and sort through […]

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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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Mexican-Style Sauteed Corn Fritter

I pride myself in wasting very little food through innovative leftovers. This week has been a major challenge for me in that department, but I think I’m rising to the occasion. I brought the dinner to a birthday party last weekend with my friends for a post-lake cookout. My (genius) idea was to do soft […]

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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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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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