White Wine Steamed Mussels with Zucchini, Arugula and Basil

How to Cook Mussels One of my fondest vacation food memories stems from a trip to Monaco, a luxurious little city–state perched between the Alps and Mediterranean Sea, bound by France—the last leg of our tour. My (at the time) 15-month-old baby, husband and I...
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Your Go-To Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

I get excited when I spot pulled pork on a restaurant menu, at a catered event or at a party. I can expect–even crave—the pork’s savory juices running down my palm, melt-in-the mouth tenderness and succulent layered, yet down-home flavors. Pulled pork might seem...
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Recipe: Sundried Tomato-Basil Tuna Salad

With record-breaking temperatures, it’s nice to have on hand the makings for a cool, crisp meal requiring only a bit of assembly. Whip up a double batch ahead of time to provide for delectable lunches and snacks to have on hand for a few...
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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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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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Recipe: Penne Salad with Chickpeas, Feta & Summer Vegetables

The contents of my fridge inspired this lunchtime recipe, but ingredients are easily interchangeable with whatever you have on hand. My version incorporates five different food groups, providing a balanced meal in itself. This salad tastes even better the next day as the flavors marry, so make a...
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Steve’s Tuna Farfalle Salad with Bell Peppers & Olives

What to make with canned tuna, besides a classic tuna salad? This salad works well for cookouts, camping, and keeping a cool kitchen. The recipe is from my husband Steve’s mom adapted by him to make it healthier, with a few of my own touches thrown in....
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