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Grill Inspiration

This post is dedicated to today – Friday. A day for wrapping up the work week and contemplating all of the┬áchores I have neglected things you’re going to grill over the weekend. This post doesn’t feature a single recipe. That’s the best part about grilling. No need for precision. Grilling is so forgiving. Marinades don’t […]

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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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Bacon & Tomato Smoked Cabbage Wedges

Like anyone with a bit of British cooking heritage, I really, really enjoy cabbage. I just don’t understand why it hasn’t achieved the popularity that I think it deserves. There’s nothing simpler than sauteing chopped cabbage with a bit of butter and seasoning with salt and pepper for a side dish. Husband tried to refuse to sample cabbage cooked this way […]

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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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Sweet Potato Waffle Iron Hash Browns with Cheddar, Zucchini, and Bacon

Spring has definitely arrived to Northwest Arkansas. When I say that spring weather has arrived, I mean that we have had temperatures that have been consistently over 40 for at least six days in a row. That’s really all I can ask for. I’m sure we’ll have an ice storm next week. With spring’s arrival, though, […]

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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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