Chickpea Spread for Avocado Toasts

Chickpea Spread and Avocado Toasts

Deliciously healthy chickpea spread with garlic, onions, lemon and mayo for your next batch of avocado toasts. This is officially my new favorite way to lunch. We all know avocado toasts are all the rage. I started making them for lunch 2 - 3 times a week last summer. I'd slice up a half an avocado. Toast up a slice of seeded bread, grab some good olive oil, and finish it off with a spray of Jane's Crazy Salt. Well now I'm stepping up my game with this lunch, thanks to Anna at Cheese ...

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Welsh Rarebit Crostini | #ProgressiveEats

Welsh Rarebit Crostini

It's said Wales didn't have any rabbits. They'd been hunted into extinction. Others are quoted as saying that the Welsh name was used as a patronizing way to discount things. For example a Welsh pearl was one of poor quality. And Welsh Rabbit (where the Rarebit name stemmed) clearly lacks rabbit. In truth, the origins of this dish is likely both. It probably represented a dish that really didn't have meat because none was available. But how did Rabbit become Rarebit? We don't know for ...

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Cheddar Einkorn Crackers with Garlic | #BreadBakers

Cheddar Einkorn Crackers

Cheddar crackers with garlic, made with Einkorn flour - an ancient grain - and olive oil in place of butter. When I was in culinary school, my favorite thing beyond everything else was baking bread. It was the one time I really felt connected to the food, where I felt the give and take of a relationship. There's nothing like kneading your own bread, witnessing the magic of it doubling in size or more, and shaping it, to put you in awe of the food we eat. And trust me, there's nothing ...

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Cauliflower Apple Cheddar Melts | #SundaySupper

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I saw some Cauliflower Melts on Epicurious the other day that looked so melty that I had to make them. This is the time of year when anything with melted cheese (or hello, chocolate) catches our eye. We tramp in from the cold, stomping our feet to get the snow off, our bodies shivering as we peel off layers of wet clothes. And then we see melty cheese, hot from the oven, blanketing a little morsel underneath. We hardly want to take the time to slip into dry clothes before sitting down to ...

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Jalapeño Poppers Gougère | #FoodNetwork

Jalapeño Pepper Gougère

With all the news swirling around - from ParisTurkeyRussiaSyria, to the political gauntlet for our next President, and the fact that we had not one, but two mass killings yesterday (just another day in the news in the gun-hugging USA), the question I turn over in my mind is whether we're raising the next generation in a culture of fear. The way I see it, there are two components to fear: 1) something we're afraid might happen in the future, and 2) our response to it right now today. That ...

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Watermelon and Peach Salsa #FoodNetwork

Refreshing watermelon salsa with peaches, cucumbers, cilantro, and lime for easy entertaining.

  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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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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Jamming with Sunchowder’s Emporia

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There's an age-old rhythm to making jams and pickles that plants us in the seasons, the land, and our heritage. It's the rhythm that grows out of rituals practiced by countless generations pouring potions of pickling spices, vinegar, and sugar over freshly picked cucumbers nestled in large jars. Every time I slip a thermometer into a roiling pot of fruit, sugar, and spices, I flash back to my 4-year-old self, obediently sitting on a high stool, watching a woman who was like a grandmother to me ...

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