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 cut off all of...
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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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Red Lentil Hummus 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 hummus weekly, none will...
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Recipe: Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato Coulis and Basil

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 ventured to the little town...
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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: 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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Mom’s Oven-Fried Shrimp and Vegetable Eggroll Recipe with Soy-Mustard Sauce

  Everytime I make the trip to visit Mom, she asks beforehand, “What would you like for dinner?” I always respond, “Your eggrolls”. When I was a kid, “Eggroll Night” was a special time. Mom’s recipe calls for deep-frying (not that there’s anything wrong with...
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Oven-Fried Cheese Sticks with Marinara Sauce Recipe

My favorite thing about game days is the food. Fried mozzarella cheese sticks rank in my “top five”, along with bean and guacamole nachos, baked Buffalo wings kissed by ranch dressing, chicken tenders, and 7-layer dip. I feel much better about my version of...
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