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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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Zucchini Succotash Cobbler & Cornbread: #SundaySupper

Zucchini succotash with cornbread topping

Vegetable cobbler of zucchini, corn, yellow beans, and tomatoes with cornbread topping. So it turns out today is National Acorn Squash Day. I had no idea there was such a day, did you? With all due respect to acorn squash, I’m going to cook a […]

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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 […]

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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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Spicy Red Pepper Jam: #SundaySupper

red pepper jam

Red peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onions all come together in this spicy jam. Transforming summer vegetables into jam is great fun, and this is one I make every year. It’s actually almost equal parts sweet red peppers and tomatoes, so technically I suppose it’s a […]

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6 Tips for Perfect Fluffy Rice

Tips for making perfect fluffy rice

Six tips for making perfect fluffy rice every time. If you’re looking for the perfect recipe that will give you fluffy rice every time, this post is for you. First, so I don’t offend anyone – it’s not that I don’t like sticky rice. It has […]

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Fresh Dried Oregano From My Garden

how to dry oregano and other herbs

How to dry your own oregano (and other herbs). I know. This isn’t really a recipe, except that it’s making such a difference to my food lately, I can’t NOT post about it. I planted just 3 oregano plants about a year ago and the […]

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Vegan Quinoa-Black Bean Wraps & Hummus

Vegan wrap with quinoa, black beans, hummus, corn, and tomatoes.

#Secret Recipe Club: Vegan summer wrap of quinoa, black beans, hummus, corn, and tomatoes. Perfect for picnics or lunch on the go. 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 […]

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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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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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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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