Pique (Puerto Rican Style Hot Sauce)

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Spicy hot is how things are around here. From the weather to the produce to the activity level, everything packs major heat these days. My garden is in a bit of a lull at the moment since cucumbers are about done and tomatoes are just gearing up, but the jalapeño plants are ready to go,…

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Garden Couscous Salad

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So.  Is the room spinning or is it just me? I keep waiting for the opportunity to arise where I can kick off my shoes, lay on my back in the sand, find Bugs Bunny as Brunhilde hidden in the clouds, swim in a clear blue lake, and turn to a cooler fully stocked with…

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Black Forest Truffle Tart

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I’m just going to go ahead and say it now because I’ve been biting my tongue for nearly a month now; I don’t like hot weather. It makes me sweat.  And sweating makes me cranky.  Ergo, heat makes me cranky. I don’t mean the lovely warmth of a kitchen where bread is baking on a…

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Bacon, Gorgonzola, Avocado and Basil Pasta

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This post has been highlighted and given new photographs and  a handy printable version of the recipe HERE. Warning: The following post and recipe make liberal and unabashed use of strong smelling blue cheese, smoky bacon and bacon fat, pungent onions, highly aromatic basil, odiferous garlic and creamy avocado. If you are at all adverse…

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Corn Dog Bread

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Summer and corn dogs are like winter and hot cider; you just hafta. What is is about corn dogs that is so appealing?  Is it as simple as the whole “food on a stick” universal truth*? Or is it more complicated?  Maybe it comes down to the crazy appeal of the hot dog itself.  Perhaps…

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Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt

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Hot days require cold things to eat.  That is the law in my house.  I decreed it.  And so it was written. There is nothing quite like ice cream to relieve the heat from the inside out, but The Evil Genius is still on his crazy “I want to be healthy!” kick.  And so, loving…

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Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers and S’Mores Bars

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Oftentimes, the ordinary things are the ones that bring the most pleasure; a cool breeze on a hot day, sitting quietly next to your kids on the couch, studying puffy white clouds in a cerulean sky, eating the first sun-warmed berry of the season or curling up to sleep at night between cool, clean sheets….

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Homemade Naan

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Welcome to part IV of the series of component dishes  to make the transcendent ‘Second to Naanwich’ that still has me obsessed almost three weeks after eating it. (Don’t forget to peek at Part I, Candied Jalapenos a.k.a. Cowboy Candy, Part II, Homemade Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Yogurt Salsa [Raita] and Part III, Homemade Ghee…

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Homemade Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Yogurt Salsa (Raita)

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Welcome to part II of the series of component dishes (Part I, Candied Jalapenos, can be read here!)  to make the transcendent ‘Second to Naanwich’ that still has me obsessed almost two weeks after eating it. While you can definitely buy Greek yogurt from the store to complete this dish, the homemade variety is so…

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