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The search for healthier snacks is pretty much ongoing in my house. I periodically whip out my mandoline, slice up some sweet potatoes and toss them in a hot oven, hoping for crispy chips yet always disappointed. Soggy or burned seem to be the only options. Until now. I ordered some beets in my weekly grocery delivery, intending to roast them for dinner. But the ones I got were so huge
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Summer corn has been on repeat in my house lately. That natural sweetness, paired up with butter and seasoning is hard to resist this time of year. And since I have so many ears of corn in my kitchen, there was also plenty to make something more creative. Instead of a more traditional sweet corn casserole, I went the savory route with smoked cheddar cheese. If you love cheddar but haven't
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This summer has barely gotten started but I'm already obsessed with all the sweet summer melons. I can't seem to walk past them in the market without buying at least one type and it's often all the varieties I find. Apart from random melon snacking and melon cocktail making, I'm starting to add them to salads. After all, I add apples, pears and grapes to vegetable salads all the time so
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Have you ever tried cape gooseberries? Some of you might be saying you've never even seen them and, that's possible. They're definitely a specialty fruit so more likely to be found at a gourmet store or large farmer's market. But you also might have seen them and just walked past. They're covered in a papery skin that hides the bright golden yellow fruit. So much so that they could be
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One of my favorite meatless meals is a great falafel sandwich. Those little balls of chickpeas and spices are seriously so delicious and they make me feel like I'm not missing anything without meat in my meatballs. And I never tire of making variations. I was planning to make my standard falafel recipe and serve it alongside some cauliflower rice for dinner. But then I wondered what would
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When I was growing up in New York, biscuits and gravy was not a dish I encountered. My mother didn't make them at home and none of the local restaurants served them. So it wasn't until my early 20's, having lunch with some co-workers in a new southern cuisine restaurant, that I had my first taste. We sat at the table and our waitress brought out dishes of biscuits and gravy instead of the
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Mint juleps might be the official drink of the Kentucky Derby but they're also just a great summer drink. With simple ingredients like good bourbon, fresh mint, a little sugar and plenty of ice, it's a cool drink for warm weather. Naturally I had to tinker with it. Really, my only complaint about the traditional julep is that it's a strong drink in the heat and I prefer something that's
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Have you all seen those mile-high, extra fluffy, souffle type Japanese pancakes that are taking over the internet? I resisted for a long time until a video of them, bouncing around in paper sleeves on the griddle, finally made them too tempting not to try. So, a friend and I spent the afternoon cracking the recipe code for them. We failed. Not in the sense that we didn't eventually figure
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Usually, when I eat something really great at a restaurant or on vacation, I come home and am immediately inspired to recreate it. But every once in a while, a tasty treat falls through the cracks and gets shelved for a while. In this case, it got shelved for about 10 years. We were staying at a bed and breakfast in the Hamptons during the week between Christmas and New Year and, one rainy
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The weather this past Saturday was so gorgeous that it absolutely called for my first farmer's market haul of the season. I came home with spring asparagus, peas, yellow squash and some beautiful crisp baby arugula. Now to turn them all into dinner! I haven't made quiche in a while so I thought it would be a good way to gather all the vegetables into one dish. But I also wanted something
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