Watermelon and Peach Salsa #FoodNetwork

watermelon salad with peaches, cucumbers, and lime.

  It's roundup day for the Food Network's blog, FN Dish, and the theme is watermelon. I confess I wasn't a lover of watermelon until the last couple of years. When I was kid I could never understand what the fuss was all about. It was messy, full of huge black seeds, and not sweet enough for me. Times change, so do our taste buds. Now we have seedless watermelons at our fingertips, and they're plenty sweet for me now. All summer long, I almost always have watermelon in the refrigerator for ...

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Gazpacho Shooters #SundaySupper

Gazpacho Shooters

Gazpacho shooters are a perfect way to kick off a summer party. I like to start a summer party with cheese, crackers, hummus, and some grapes or cherries. Just as I put the meat / fish on the grill for the non-vegetarians in the group (which is usually everyone), I bring out a pitcher of gazpacho and little glasses. If the gazpacho is more puree than chunky, guests can drink it right from the glass. But I like my gazpacho a little chunky, so I serve it in a short glass with a spoon.   ...

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19 Ways to Eat Cherries All Day, Every Day

19 Ways to Eat Cherries All Day, Every Day

The cherry season is way too short for me. So while these little beauties are in the markets, we snack on them in the car, add them to salads, purée them into soups, and add to grains dishes. They're full of antioxidants, and are the perfect refreshing treat on a hot summer day. If you're looking for new ways to take full advantage of cherries this summer, go check out my latest post for Parade! I've included breakfast options with chia seeds and muffins, several salads, summer drinks, ...

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Spiralized Shoestring Garlic Truffle Fries with Aioli: #SundaySupper

Shoestring garlic truffle fries

When the kids and grandkids come to visit, potatoes are common ground for us. We may not agree on kale (I still threaten the g-kids with kale smoothies), beef, broccoli or (surprisingly) cheese, but we all love potatoes. And when you have 4 adults and 5 kids sitting together at the dinner table, that’s HUGE. I roast them, bake them, whip them, and hasselback them. It’s all good, but even better with Idaho® potatoes. Listen up: if you think all russets are the same, and it doesn’t matter where ...

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Summertime Cooking with Kids!

parade magazine: cooking with kids

Cooking with kids in the kitchen reaps many rewards for everyone! My newest post published on Parade this week is about getting your kids into the kitchen with you this summer. The benefits are long reaching, and cooking a meal, a snack, or dessert together fosters a wealth of rich memories for everyone. My article lists some of the benefits and offers up 21 recipes to start with. Some are recipes you can turn the kids loose on, some are group projects for a few kids, and a few need some ...

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Spicy Cheese Twists: #SundaySupper

Spicy Cheese Twists

Wisconsin is synonymous with cheese and is home to the world's most award-winning cheeses. Approximately 10,000 dairy farms on rolling hills of lush pastureland produce over 21,000 pounds of milk each year, 90% of which is used for making more than 2,800,000,000 pounds of cheese.       As amazing as that is, it’s not just about production numbers. In Wisconsin, it’s a way of life. Many families and facilities have been making cheese for four generations. Wisconsin has more ...

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Strawberry Coconut Soup with Mint: #SundaySupper

Strawberry coconut lime soup with mint

Make this strawberry coconut soup the day before a party and chill until you're ready to serve. Just add mint slivers at the last minute. As the weather heats up, we all look to simplify our cooking lives. Recipes that can be made quickly with only a few ingredients become stars. Bonus points if no actual cooking is required. This week on Sunday Supper, we're celebrating dishes that have five ingredients or less. Salt, pepper, water, and cooking oil are given a free pass. This ...

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Watercress and Buttermilk Vichyssoise: #ProgressiveEats

Watercress and buttermilk vichyssoise with a dollop of mascarpone, served as a starter in shooter glasses.

Move over kale, there's a new powerhouse in town. Well, it's actually been around for a long time. In fact, Hippocrates built his first hospital near a natural spring because it was a natural habitat for this green. I'm talking about watercress. What? The limp, frail little thing found in English tea sandwiches with crusts trimmed off? Yes. It's Clark Kent before he ducked into a phone booth to morph into Superman. Through the centuries, this peppery green was a staple for both the ...

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa

  We're in countdown mode for Super Bowl Sunday. My team's not going to be on the field, but I like both teams (entirely because I like Seattle and I used to live in Boston). Clearly, I don't care who wins - it's all about the food for me. We're going to a party in Tahoe this year, hosted by some close friends. My assignment is to bring an appetizer, so I've been on the hunt for something easy but really good. And this salsa is a winner, from Julie at Confessions of a Cooking ...

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Countdown: Best Party Snacks and Appetizers

best snacks and appetizers

A roundup of best posts of party snacks and appetizers from 2014. These were readers' top favorite snacks and appetizers that I posted this year. A group of us from Secret Recipe Club are doing a fun series of recipe roundups for the rest of the year. I wanted to do it as a way of looking back at where my cooking has taken me. For you, it might be a reminder of some forgotten posts, or ones you've ...

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Brussels Sprouts Chips with Nutritional Yeast

Brussels sprouts chips with Nutritional Yeast

Looking for a healthy snack for your holiday gatherings? Make some Brussels sprouts chips. I admit it's a little time-consuming to peel away the leaves, but it's totally worth it. With my version, I sprinkled a little Nutritional Yeast on top, along with a very small amount of salt, but feel free to get creative with spices like garlic salt or cayenne pepper. Or add a little grated Parmesan. Not familiar with Nutritional Yeast? It's a natural yeast that's been deactivated, meaning it ...

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Calzone Mummies: #SundaySupper

How to make a mummy calzone, vegetarian

Gathering: an assembly or meeting, especially a social or festive one, or one held for a specific purpose. –Google dictionary Gathering: a coming together of family and friends to celebrate a special occasion and toast the bonds of friendship with Gallo wine. –The Wimpy Vegetarian Halloween for me is the (un)official kickoff for the fall gathering season that leads to winter. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza are next, culminating in New Years and a major exhalation onto a ...

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