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Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs

Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs

I first made these deviled eggs for Easter when I took them to a barbecue at my Aunt and Uncle’s house out on the ranch.  We ate good food, hid eggs for the kids, and were entertained all afternoon by my baby cousin Belle jumping on the mini trampoline.  She’s not even two years old, but has already learned some trampoline tricks. Continue reading →

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Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan

Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan

Most baked dips, while usually delicious, aren’t exactly healthy.  I love a nice creamy baked artichoke dip or a warm pinto bean dip covered with melted cheese, but they aren’t something I feel like I can indulge in all the time.

That’s why I’m so happy I discovered this Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan from Faith Durand’s new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Casseroles.  It satisfies my craving for a decadent warm dip, but is healthy enough to enjoy whenever I want.  The dip is a snap to make and uses pantry staples like canned beans, olive oil, and bread crumbs so it’s easy to throw together for unexpected guests or impromptu gatherings. Continue reading →

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Food Blog Friday: Spicy Tomato Jam from Divina Cucina

Spicy Tomato Jam with Goat Cheese

There are tons of tomato jam recipes floating around right now, but the first time I remember reading about it was last summer at Over a Tuscan Stove.  Although Judy cooks, teaches, and blogs from Tuscany, the recipe for tomato jam came from a brochure that a friend mailed her from Sicily.  Like all of my favorite Sicilian recipes, the jam recipe is very simple – just tomatoes, sugar, lemon juice, and a bit of fresh basil.  I bookmarked it back then, but didn’t get around to trying it until recently. Continue reading →

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Summer Fest: Spicy Pickled Garlic

Pickled Garlic in Jars

This past weekend might have marked the unofficial end of summer, but Summer Fest is still in full swing over here.  This week we’re celebrating garlic and it’s perfect timing for me because my friend Ruby recently sent me home with a big bag of garlic from her mom’s garden.

Garlic Bulbs

I wasn’t sure what to do with all the garlic and I toyed with the idea of roasting a huge batch and perhaps freezing it in small portions to use throughout the fall and winter.  But then I remembered the pickled garlic that my grandmother used to buy and serve alongside other appetizers during the holidays.  It was really good and I wondered if I could make something similar myself. Continue reading →

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Deviled Eggs for the 4th of July

Deviled Eggs

Don’t forget the deviled eggs this weekend!  Friends and family love these Deviled Eggs so much that the whole plate disappears quickly no matter how many I make.  I’ve learned that I need to hide a couple in the refrigerator if I want to eat any myself.  For an added kick, try sprinkling smoked paprika on top.

Best Basic Deviled Eggs Recipe

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Maple-Rosemary Glazed Walnuts

Maple Rosemary Glazed Walnuts

I am a big fan of green salads topped with fruit and nuts, especially when the nuts are glazed or spiced!  I also love snacking on nuts – salted, spiced, glazed, smoke-flavored – I love them all.  I’m not sure why I’ve never tried making something like this before, but these glazed walnuts were so simple I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

When I first saw Ellie Krieger’s recipe for Maple Glazed Walnuts, I was a little skeptical that they would turn out right.  It just seemed too easy.  If the recipe had been attributed to any other Food Network celebrity I’m not sure I even would have tried it, but I trust Ellie more than some of the others. Continue reading →

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Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

While many types of green salsa feature cooked or roasted tomatillos, this one is a simple mixture of fresh ingredients that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes.  But it’s not just the ease of preparation that makes this salsa great – I absolutely love the texture and refreshing flavor of the fresh tomatillos. Continue reading →

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Smitten with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Bruschetta with Chevre and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

I’m beginning to think there’s nothing quite as satisfying as making a tray of slow-roasted tomatoes.  Now, I know I’ve said this about a lot of things.  Bread, for example.  And it’s true that there’s nothing quite as satisfying as making a loaf of bread with your own two hands.  But man, these tomatoes are something.  And they are simple.  So simple, that the extraordinary flavor almost doesn’t make sense.  The flavor is sweet, but intense.  Sultry, even.  You’ll see.  You’ll be smitten, too. Continue reading →

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