summer

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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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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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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Things You Should Really Be Grilling

This post isn’t so much a recipe as it is a gallery of late summer grilling inspiration. This is the first summer that I have had a grill that I feel comfortable using all by myself (no Fiance required). I’ve leveraged this grill and the amazing weather to make some delicious concoctions. Grilling meat is […]

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Grilled Scallops in an Herb & White Wine Marinade

Grilling season in the summer is something that I miss during the rest of the year. Sure you can fire up the grill during even the coldest months, but what is so great about warm-weather grilling is that everyone gathers around outside and keeps the cook company, instead of watching TV or scattering throughout the […]

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