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A Beerrific Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary with beer recipe

A not-so-classic recipe for a Bloody Mary substituting beer for vodka — plus some ideas for juicers. Not that I’m already thinking about Christmas – it’s still September after all – but I already know what I want from Santa. It’s not jewelry. Nope. Nor […]

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Jalapeño Mac ‘n Cheese Bites: #SundaySupper

Jalapeño mac 'n cheese bites

Creamy jalapeño mac ‘n cheese bites with yogurt in place of milk. Perfect for a casual party. Confession. I prefer intimate (small), casual gatherings to larger ones.  Don’t get me wrong. Both are fun. But it’s a completely different social experience. Larger parties keep me […]

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Pasta alla Vodka

pasta alla vodka

Secret Recipe Club: Pasta tossed in a velvety vodka-tomato-cream sauce. Elegance and rustic comfort all in one dish. It’s time again for our Secret Recipe Club  ’reveal day’. For the uninitiated, the Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 100 food bloggers, who are separated into four […]

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Watermelon Wine Cooler with Lime: #SundaySupper

Watermelon wine cooler

Refreshing wine cooler with fresh watermelon juice, Gallo Family Vineyards new Riesling wine, mint syrup, and lime I think this every year, maybe we ALL do, but it’s hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is upon us already. Wasn’t 4th of July just a couple […]

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Blackberries, Blue Cheese & Endive: #Berry Month

Endive leaf scoops filled with blue cheese and blackberries - recipe.

Endive leaves with blue cheese and blackberries, drizzled with a blackberry sauce. Summer demands easy entertaining and food that refreshes. I’m generally carrying a fan around the house to stay cool on days the San Francisco fog stays out at sea (I have a svelte […]

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Blackberry Cornbread Buckle: #SundaySupper

Blackberry Cornbread Buckle summer cake recipe

Easy cornbread cake baked covered by a blanket of luscious blackberries, topped by oat streusel. I’ve had a hankering to make a blackberry buckle for a long time. Every since, in fact, I saw this recipe on Food52 for Blackberry Cornbread Buckle by janeofmanytrade. So, a […]

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Gluten-Free Mexican Street Corn Fritters

Corn and zucchini fritters topped with kale-avocado-mango salad.

Gluten-free corn and zucchini fritters using corn flour topped with a mango and avocado salsa. These little guys totally rock for a small, summertime dinner party. Just throw the batter together a few hours ahead (although it doesn’t have to be made that far in […]

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Cucumber-Watercress Soup: #SundaySupper

cucumber watercress soup gazpacho

Chilled soup of cucumbers and watercress blended with Greek yogurt and buttermilk, topped with salsa for a hot summer night. Time to chill out! Hot summer days are here with trips to the beach with cartons of sunblock and beer, picnics in the country, and […]

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Watermelon Salad with Verjus: #SundaySupper

watermelon and feta salad

Watermelon and feta salad with verjus dressing for a super-easy summer salad. Ver-what? Verjus isn’t a mainstream ingredient, and yet it’s been around since the Middle Ages when it was used as a sauce ingredient, tenderizer, and condiment. It’s pronounced ver-jue, translated as “green juice”, […]

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Summer Vegetable – Farro Soup

vegan summer farro soup, asparagus, cannelloni beans

Vegan soup with farro, cannellini beans, asparagus, and yellow wax beans, topped with optional Parmesan cheese. Do you have recipes that have been in a pile for-like-ever that you keep meaning to make, but then a bazillion things get piled on top, and you forget […]

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Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers

Jalapeños filled with cornbread appetizer

#Secret Recipe Club: Jalapeño halves filled with cornbread for a perfect party appetizer, with instructions for baking at high altitude. Sometimes you see a recipe and instantly recognize genius simplicity. The genius perfection of peanut butter and jelly filling for a chocolate layer cake. Or […]

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Mango, Coconut and Lime Soup

mango coconut lime soup

Blended mango, coconut milk and lime juice come together for a chilled tropical soup. Let’s go to Hawaii! Too expensive? Then make this soup and close your eyes. The combination of mango, coconut and lime will take your taste buds there for almost free. I […]

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DIY

Basil, Chive, and Mustard Butters

Easy compound butters using fresh herbs from the garden to make dishes a little more special. Compound butters are a great little condiment to keep in the freezer, all wrapped in wax paper and tucked into ziplock baggies. They’ll keep that way for a long […]

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Green Mint Chutney…Tossed in Rice With Tomatoes & Nectarines

green mint chutney rice

Spicy, green mint chutney is a popular staple on the Indian table, particularly in summer. If you follow this blog, you know I love condiments I can have on hand to make great meals in minutes. This powerful little condiment, Classic Mint Chutney from Spices […]

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Garlic Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Olive oil infused with garlic plus cooking tips. Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper

Roasted Tomato Hummus 600 The Wimpy Vegetarian

Easy hummus recipe with a swirl of balsamic roasted tomatoes. If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different […]

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