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Simple Herbed Green Onion Dip

Simple Herbed Green Onion Dip

If you are attending a picnic or a barbecue to celebrate Independence Day, have I got an easy dip for you!  This is my absolute favorite summer dip, both because it is delicious and healthy, and because it uses up lots of green onions and fresh herbs.  It is great served with fresh vegetable dippers, […]

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Asparagus and Ricotta Tart

Asparagus and Ricotta Tart

Nothing says “spring!” like an asparagus tart.  Maybe tulips, but nothing else.  Maybe strawberries. Fresh peas.  Rhubarb.  Tree pollen allergies…Well look, it is way up there on the list.  Asparagus tart equals spring.  This one is nice and simple and lovely enough for a dinner party or just for a nice Sunday brunch.  This is […]

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Smokey Roasted Chickpeas

Smokey Roasted Chickpeas

Let me start by saying that both “smoky” and “smokey” look wrong to me, but apparently both are fine.  Pick the one you like and imagine I used that spelling.This is an absolutely addictive little snack that will help you swear off of chips.  I ate almost half of the batch and stopped only due […]

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Smoked Salmon and Rice Croquettes

Smoked Salmon and Rice Croquettes

I lived in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan for several years, and beyond the very entertaining, warm, and quirky people, the thing I miss the most is the smoked fish.  When I lived in the little town of Calumet I would often stop at Peterson’s smokehouse on the way home and pick up smoked […]

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Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Or, in Vietnam–Happy Year of the Cat!  Whichever animal you are celebrating, I find the occasion a fun time to experiment with luxury appetizers.  I am a cultural oddity in that I care about the Super Bowl about as much as I care about a new line of Thomas Kinkade figurines–which is to say, not […]

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Street Food Series: Mushroom and Lily Flower Bao

For my latest adaptation from the great little book Street Food, I decided to tackle Bao, or Baozi–those deliciously puffy little steamed buns filled with sweet or savory fillings.  Like a lot of traditional street foods, this is only “fast food” if you are the one eating the end product–it requires a few steps and […]

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