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A Fit and Flavorful Fourth of July as Featured on Arizona Midday

Fourth with Michelle and Destry

It’s a holiday weekend, but heavy party food can really weigh you down in the summer heat. I’ve got your Fourth of July covered with an appetizer idea, a light-but-flavorful grilled chicken dish and a cocktail with an ingredient list …

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Garlic and Smoke Popcorn Mix

Homemade microwave popcorn with garlic and smoke

This popcorn mix is big on complex savory smoky taste with 4 grams of filling fiber and 6 grams of satisfying protein per serving. Plus it is low in sodium to help beat the bloat.

Garlic and Smoke Popcorn Mix

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Creamy Rosemary-Chive Cashew Spread

Creamy Vegan Cashew Spread with Rosemary and Chives

Nutritious breakfast spread options are typically limited to vegan buttery spread and traditional nut butters. I am also a fan of mashing fresh avocado on toast. Here is another savory topping to add to the mix that provides you with …

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Easy Grilled Artichokes with Roasted Garlic-Dijon Puree

Easy Grilled Artichokes with Roasted Garlic-Dijon Puree

There are two ways of doing things in the kitchen: the restaurant chef’s way and the easy way. When I cooked at the five-star Mary Elaine’s, I was in charge of the artichokes, trimming them by the case. First I …

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Oven-Fried Onion Bloom with Tangy Dipping Sauce

Oven-Fried Onion Bloom with Tangy Dipping Sauce

If you’re like me, you love a good deep fry. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, after all, where I was no stranger to Friday fish fries and deep-fried cheese curds. I’ve enjoyed the deep-fried onion blooms found …

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Red Lentil Hummus with Cumin and Sriracha

Red lentil hummus recipe with cumin and sriracha

I’m not over exaggerating when I say that my husband and I eat hummus every. Single. Day. Usually I purchase commercially made varieties, but it just dawned on me while writing this that if I make my own batch of …

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Spanish Cocktail Meatballs with Piquillo Pepper Tomato Sauce, Bonus Spain Pics

Spanish Cocktail Meatballs with Piquillo Pepper Tomato Sauce

Fried or boiled? That is the question. While pan-frying meatballs yields a deliciously caramelized crust, the final product is likely to be in the shape of a pyramid, rather than round, because the heavier sides may sag while cooking. A …

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Recipe: Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato Coulis and Basil

Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato Coulis (caprese salad variation)

Italy, take me back. I dream of the day I’ll return for a visit and dine on oodles of freshly made pasta, sipping wine on a veranda overlooking rolling fields of vineyards.

Years ago in Tuscany, my husband and I …

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Recipe: Chilled Corn Soup with Tomatoes, Avocado & Feta

Chilled Corn Soup with Tomatoes, Avocado & Feta

Whenever I list corn as a healthy food, people never fail to stare with a mix of amazement and concern. “Isn’t corn fattening?” Ah…No.

You’re entering a carb no-hater zone.

Virtually all vegetables offer nutritional benefits. As for corn, one …

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Recipe: Summer Spanish Tapas 3-Ways

How to Make Tapas

Recipe: Summer Spanish Tapas 3-Ways

How to Eat at a Tapas Bar

Once merely intended to shield glasses of wine from fruit flies, tapas have expanded into substantial snacks, easily turned into meals. My husband and I toured Barcelona in …

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