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Sunchoke, Sweet Potato, and Carrot Soup

I crave soup year-round, a predilection I’ve been told is “a bit gross” by a Husband who shall remain nameless. Yes, even during the middle of summer, I love a big bowl of hot, flavorful broth. [By the way, I’d like to make a counter-argument to the “soup is nasty when it’s 90 degrees” opinion-holders: hey, […]

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Italian Butternut Squash & Tomato Soup

When I make soup with pumpkin, I usually gravitate to curry flavors. My favorite pumpkin soup recipe, for example, includes an apple, peanut butter, and plenty of curry. Although I live on a diet that is approximately 35% butternut squash during the fall, there are some things that I do not understand about the way […]

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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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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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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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Red Curry Lentils with Pumpkin

Lentils just don’t get the respect they deserve. Relegated to the same shelf as dried beans (cue Sweet Brown, if you please) in the grocery store (which is usually a bottom shelf), lentils blend in with boring colors (brown. orange-brown. yellow-brown) and unthrilling packaging.  Speaking of unthrilling, get a load of this dog of mine […]

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Roasted Grape, Butternut & Artichoke on Herbed Walnut Quinoa

After four days of feeling utterly sorry for myself with my woeful sinus infection, I decided to buck up yesterday and make a proper dinner. The combination of getting tired of eating the leftovers, albeit delicious ones, of my soup, seeing autumn decorations and recipes everywhere on Pinterest on my sick day, and trying to […]

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Spicy Tomato – Chili Sauce

I’m not sad to see the summer end, but I am a bit saddened by the realization that summer produce season is drawing to a close. Summer tomatoes and zucchini by the bushel are tapering off, to be replaced by my favorite squash and pumpkin varieties. My Saturday started with my mother sending me the picture […]

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