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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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Smoked Petit Jean Bologna with Smoked Jalapeno Mustard BBQ Sauce

My recent recipe collaboration with Petit Jean Meats is now posted on their website. I shared our method for smoked bologna, plus a smoked jalapeno and mustard barbecue sauce on their recipe website, Petit Jean Eats, today. Two smoked recipes for the price of one? Well, not really. The recipes are free. But certainly they are […]

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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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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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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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Mexican Fiesta Shower

We co-hosted a couple’s stock the bar shower this weekend for a couple of friends who would have been elated had we just opened a bag of tortilla chips and unscrewed a jar of salsa. They are very easy to please, which made pleasing them just that much more fun.This should really be the last […]

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