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Watermelon Loves Feta

It’s summer and the hot weather is here! That means it’s time to break out the simple, no-cooking-required recipes. I can’t seem to get enough of this refreshing watermelon salad. It has it all, a sweet juicy crunch, creamy feta, intoxicating mint, and a truly amazing jalapeño lime salt finish. On top of all that, … Continue reading

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Pickled Onions are Wonderful

They are quite wonderfully complex and crunchy. Everyone should have a jar of these outstanding pickles in their fridge. They are that good. They’re also the easiest condiment to make. Ever. You probably have all the ingredients to make them right now. Aaaannnnnndd, the red onions turn a lovely hot pink! I can tell you’re … Continue reading

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Lebanese Summer Salad

I like trying new things. There’s a local spice company, Gryffon Ridge, that has some really interesting spice blends and some harder to find individual spices. I liked the looks of their Za’atar (Lebanese): “Believed to stimulate the brain and improve memory retention, try sprinkling on meats, vegetables, and breads, or mix with olive oil … Continue reading

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My Favorite Salsa

Summer certainly isn’t fooling around this year. It’s the first day of the season and it’s already NINETY DEGREES outside. In Maine, in June! Crave pardon? Needless to say, I’m not a huge fan of hot and humid. But I am hungry. Here is my super popular recipe for salsa. This is truly one of … Continue reading

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mmmm Membrillo

They dined on mince and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand on the edge of the sand They danced by the light of the moon. ~ “The Owl and the Pussycat,” by Edward Lear A little history It is said that quince is the real forbidden fruit … Continue reading

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Bacon Toffee (Yes, that’s right. Bacon Toffee)

I wish I could take credit for inventing this crazy confection, I can’t. I fell in love with someone else’s sweet bacony treats. They were so sweet, salty, smoky, crunchy, buttery and expensive. I had to figure out how to make them myself… My first time making this toffee was also my first time making … Continue reading

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Breakfast on the Go – Homemade Granola Bars

If you read my granola post this might seem a tad familiar – I still have trouble getting my **it together in the morning and I don’t usually feel like eating a thing until later in the day. Coffee and yogurt drink, yes; food, no. Inevitably I’ll be at work when I start to feel … Continue reading

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Eggplant of My Dreams

It’s the height of summer here in Maine and that means the best produce of the year. I am always seduced by the new varieties that appear at the market, their colors and shapes inspire me to try something new. A perfect example of this were these miniature purple “fairytale” eggplants. They were irresistible to … Continue reading

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Animal Puppets (not edible)

I’ve gone off on a tangent for about a month making cute things for babies. Apparently they’re all the rage, because everyone seems to be having one. Personally, I’d like to get another cat (current cat total being zero), or maybe a parakeet (I taught the last one to talk!) and I’ll leave the poopy … Continue reading

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Green Garlic Mayo (Made in a Mortar & Pestle)

I’ve been wanting a professional cuisinart food processor for a long, long time. They’re awesome. But they’re crazy expensive and take up a bunch of space (I don’t have a single drawer in my kitchen, and no hidden storage) so I can’t justify getting one. Instead I got the next best thing – a mortar … Continue reading

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I will be good and eat breakfast

I don’t know what my problem with breakfast is, but there certainly seems to be one. I grew up eating a healthy breakfast. I know it’s good for me. I know it will give me ENERGY! But all I want in the morning is coffee. One really good cup of coffee. Monday through Friday I … Continue reading

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Experiment in Rhubarb

I’ve been playing around with making mini upside-down fruit tarts. I made some excellent ones using poached pears and baked apples. They turned out just the way I hoped; caramelized-until-candy fruit tarts that are one or two bites of deliciousness. Fruit pie ecstasy. Then I tried making them with rhubarb. Well, they were what you … Continue reading

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