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Garlic Zucchini, Sweet Corn & Shrimp Salad in white bowl with seafoam green rim set against a dark wood table
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Summertime Sides for the 4th (Or Any Al Fresco Potluck)
Sometimes, you just need a good side dish. And when you’re heading to a party during the summer months, ...
REAL Sour Cream & Onion Dip in wooden bowl on a serving platter with crinkle-cut potato chips and celery stalks
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Grilling outdoors evokes a sense of ease, and a relaxed approach to cooking. I know many people who happily stand over the grates, turning and ...
Thai-Style Chilled Melon Soup
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5 Cool Soups for Hot Temps

If the thought of cranking your oven when the mercury rises make you cringe, chilled summer soups are the answer. With the flick of a ...

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Ribboning zucchini with y peeler
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You’re Grilling Zucchini All Wrong

For most of my grilling life, I cut thick slices of zucchini, seasoned them with a brush of olive oil and sprinkle of salt, and ...
Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake with Chocolate Cookie Crust
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Frosty Pies – Summer’s Answer to Easy Entertaining

Summertime is for easy living. Entertaining need not be stressful or require meticulous planning. Leave homemade pie crusts and show stopper desserts for the cozy ...

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Ingredients to make homemade pickles - cucumbers, mason jar, salt, with linen dish towel in background on concrete counter

The Real Dill – How Do I Get Started Pickling at Home?

The buzz is everywhere. Eating fermented foods is great for your gut health. But what sorts of foods are fermented, and how can you incorporate ...
Brilliant red onion bases with their green tops in the background

Red, White or Sweet – How Do I Choose the Right Onion?

I was in Oaxaca as part of a chef’s cooking intensive about 20 years ago. One of the most important tips I came away with ...

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Elderflower Margarita
Good ingredients yield good results. This is especially true with margaritas. St. Germaine and Cointreau are pricier than other brands of elderflower and orange liqueurs, ...
Crispy Fish Sandwich
If you have the time and inclination to make telera (bread) for these sandwiches, you will be well rewarded. Simple rolls to make, they have ...
Roasted Bell Pepper Caprese Salad
As with any simple dish with a few ingredients, it is the quality of those ingredients that is crucial to it’s success. Do not be ...
Cast iron pan with fig feta pistachio and rosemary sprig
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Cast Iron – Scrubbing Away the Myths

I confess… I often use soap on my cast iron pans. I had been doing it for a while, feeling guilty about it each time, ...
Chilaquiles in blue Zest Kitchen + Home fry pan
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Spring Chicken: Easy Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Protein

I know I’m not alone in my feelings towards chicken breasts. While they may be a crowd pleaser in my family, as in many families, ...

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I will never outgrow the excitement of an overstuffed basket of chocolate bunnies and candy eggs greeting me on Easter morning… Though of course what