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An Alternative To Pumpkin Pie

You may have noticed a dearth of dessert recipes on this blog. That’s not to say I lack a sweet tooth (who doesn’t love chocolate!), but I’d rather have an appetizer or cheese over the calories that typically accompany a piece of cake. Plus, I don’t find it as enjoyable as preparing other courses. Baking…

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Now that it’s officially fall and American football season, get prepared for some tasty snack ideas for tailgating, parties or just watching at home in front of your TV (if your cable provider will actually show the game you want to watch). Last week’s veggie share included tomatillos, the small green fruit that is a…

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Put Some Fire In Your Watermelon

Think chilled fruit and spice go together like fire and ice?  Not so.  Adding a little heat to watermelon makes a refreshing side dish. This quick and simple “salad” is a great way to incorporate this inexpensive ingredient into your main course.  And, on a hot day, you won’t even have to turn your stove…

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Bacon and Peaches

The unusual combination of sweet peaches and crispy bacon sounded delicious to me. But then I saw the poor ratings for the recipe Linton Hopkins contributed to Food & Wine. With a few tweaks to omit the dressing, and the addition of some sweet peppers and cheese, my version got rave reviews. This dish tastes…

Pork and Mango Stir Fry

The Stir Fry Savior

With aging green beans and an overripe mango impetuously purchased days before, a stir fry transformed these seemingly mismatched ingredients into a lovely dinner. Quick and inexpensive, it makes a beautiful weeknight dish. Substitute asparagus for the green beans (my preference if not for impending bean death). Use mango or peaches — whatever is in…