Blistered Shishito Peppers with Garlic Chips

Combine tender shishito peppers with garlic chips My first shishito pepper encounter was more than five years ago at Elements restaurant at Sanctuary. Tender, with a salty, sweet and deep smoky taste. While shishitos were once reserved for fine dining and niche Japanese restaurants, today...
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Creamy Rosemary-Chive Cashew Spread

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 nearly a half serving...
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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 on restaurant menus across the...
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Roasted Cauliflower with Cashews & Curried Dip

Get excited…. today cauliflower gets made over with a flavor explosion! Cauliflower naturally gets sweeter as it roasts and its flavors concentrate. If you’re like me, you will find yourself spooning the crunchy cashew-panko topping right into your mouth. Then there’s the dip. Well,...
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Recipe: Oven Pumpkin Fries with Cumin, Feta Cheese & Pepitas

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie. All of these orange-hued, holiday-spiced foods excite me this time of year, signaling that Thanksgiving and Christmas are near. Since most pumpkin offerings are sweet, I thought it would be fun to cook a pumpkin from scratch and...
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Recipe: 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 medium ear is about 100 calories,...
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Recipe Honoring Julia Child: Grilled Basil-Walnut Tomatoes Provencal

I’ll never forget the television clip of Julia Child and David Letterman eating raw hamburger live, on-air, due to a stovetop malfunction. She acted like it was no big deal and it was outrageously hilarious. Her vivacious spirit lives on when her segments are...
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Recipe: Summer Spanish Tapas 3-Ways

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 June, and tapas taverns were our...
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Lime-Basil Shrimp & California Avocado Lettuce Wraps

  Lime-Basil Shrimp & California Avocado Lettuce Wraps Grocery shopping at the beginning of each season puts an extra spring in my step, the newly available produce lifting me out of my food rut and propelling me eagerly back into the kitchen. Summer’s bounty adds...
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