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Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Walnuts

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

The C.S.A. share has been delivering a lovely array of sweet peppers the last couple of weeks, and this dip–my take on Middle Eastern Muhammara–is a versatile way to use them up.  This dip is typically thickened with some sort of bread, but the walnuts really make that addition unnecessary.  Toasting the walnuts add another […]

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Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate Molasses

In my ongoing quest to make my own, healthier condiments, I decided to work on some barbecue sauce recipes.  Pomegranate molasses is a richly-flavored addition to barbecue sauce (or used all by itself, as a glaze), but commercial types have a good deal of added sugar.  It isn’t clear to me why you would want […]

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Grilled Peach and Avocado Salsa

Grilled Peach and Avocado Salsa

If you are avoiding refined sugars and preservatives it can be tough to find condiments that you are willing to eat.  At this point I make my own ketchup, mayo, and mustard, because I like to know exactly what I am eating, and I like to have control over the kinds of fats I consume.  […]

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Scallops with Avocado Crema

Seared Scallops with Avocado Crema and Sriracha Drizzle

This is a lovely little appetizer that can be pan-seared inside or grilled if you are doing an outdoor barbecue, and the sauces can be prepped in advance.  I pan-seared these in some coconut oil (ghee also works well–just make sure you don’t use olive oil for searing, because the smoke point is too low) […]

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Spring Trifle Salad

Spring Trifle Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Sometimes you just need to eat a salad for dinner, and this one also works well for a buffet or brunch.  I love fresh fruit on salads, and the berries add layers of color and sweet-tart flavor.  If you don’t have a trifle bowl around, any large, glass bowl will work to showcase the colors–or, […]

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Dark Chocolate Macadamia Butter

So, yeah.  You should never, ever make this.  You will regret making this.  This is a seriously dangerous recipe. Should you foolishly decide to make it anyway, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I love hazelnuts and I love chocolate, but I don’t buy that popular, sugar-laden spread made of those ingredients.  I like macadamia […]

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