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Moroccan Lamb Tajine

As a big fan of Mediterranean food, I’m always excited when I find a new recipe or see a recipe that I can tweak to

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Apple Fritters

    It’s apple season again. Makes me think of returning to school with the ubiquitous apple in my lunch box. How about you?  

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Bake Sale Lemon Bars

This is a great lemon bar recipe – bright, tart-sweet and with a buttery crust with nice vanilla notes. Meyer lemons aren’t quite as tart

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Spicy Watermelon

Spicy Watermelon is a favorite Latin American treat, among kids and adults alike. The lime and spices awaken the senses while simultaneously bringing out the

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Peach and Cherry Pie

No one I’ve ever known has declined a piece of fresh, homemade pie. Although some version of pie is eaten in nearly all cultures, fruit

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Savory Vegetable Galette

Spring farmers’ markets and produce stores are so wonderful to peruse and fill our bags and baskets with their deliciousness. Finally, choices other than kale, cabbage

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Mushrooms Bourguignon

While perusing Food 52’s weekly recipes for inspiration recently, there was a post for Mushrooms Bourguignon.  I was planning a New Year’s Eve dinner for

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Gougeres

Gougeres are a French comfort food. Not a mac ‘n cheese kind of comfort food, but the kind that’s served fresh from the oven with

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Key Lime – Vanilla Pie

My recent trip to Costa Rica was fortuitous in several respects, not the least of which was that one of my favorite tropical fruits was

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Cream Puffs and Profiteroles

Cream puffs and eclairs aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of versatile desserts. But in reality they’re wonderful edible containers

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Blackberry-Vanilla Pie

Those of us crazy about fruit watch the farmers markets and stores like hawks, waiting for the first berries to arrive as the signal that yes,

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Rhubarb Pie

These days when we think of  rhubarb, we think strawberry-rhubarb pie. It wasn’t always that way, however. Rhubarb was a very popular vegetable, easy to

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Cuban Chicken With Sofrito

Sofrito — So-free-toe. Isn’t that a great word? I don’t even remember where I found this recipe, but I’m crazy about it. Even though it’s

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