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McIntosh Apple Tart - easier than a pie & just as tasty.

McIntosh Apple Tart - easier than a pie & just as tasty.

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Soft, pillowy, irresistible alfajores.

Soft, pillowy, irresistible alfajores.

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Halloumi, the cheese you can grill.

Halloumi, the cheese you can grill.

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Dead easy to make but impressive: marinated cheese (serve w/ crackers as an appetizer).

Dead easy to make but impressive: marinated cheese (serve w/ crackers as an appetizer).

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apple-sour cream muffins with nutmeg, cinnamon, & allspice streusel topping

apple-sour cream muffins with nutmeg, cinnamon, & allspice streusel topping

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Curry chicken salad made with roasted chicken leftovers. (Also: make your own chicken stock & homemade chicken noodle soup)

Curry chicken salad made with roasted chicken leftovers. (Also: make your own chicken stock & homemade chicken noodle soup)

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Spicy buffalo shrimp with blue cheese dip & celery.

Spicy buffalo shrimp with blue cheese dip & celery.

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Carrot, cauliflower, & jalapeno pickle, Indian style--one of many dishes made to celebrate Diwali.

Carrot, cauliflower, & jalapeno pickle, Indian style--one of many dishes made to celebrate Diwali.

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Stuffed mushrooms--elegant enough for a dinner party, easy enough for a football Sunday.

Stuffed mushrooms--elegant enough for a dinner party, easy enough for a football Sunday.

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Toasting the end of Gourmet magazine with its own recipe for French 75 cocktails with gin syrup & champagne. [a fig salad, also]

Toasting the end of Gourmet magazine with its own recipe for French 75 cocktails with gin syrup & champagne. [a fig salad, also]

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Behold, the mighty onion ring.

Behold, the mighty onion ring.

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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

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The first post in our new football-inspired series, Feelin

The first post in our new football-inspired series, Feelin' Kinda Sunday: fried plantains & guacamole!

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 my mother

my mother's recipe which I'm often begged to share. good news--I have, and it's dead-easy to make!

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Homemade granola, two ways.

Homemade granola, two ways.

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Honey & chipotle-glazed pork tenderloin served inside Mexican-style tortas.

Honey & chipotle-glazed pork tenderloin served inside Mexican-style tortas.

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A dessert with infinite possibilities, plus  late-summer kitchen tunes

A dessert with infinite possibilities, plus late-summer kitchen tunes

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Chewy amaretti cookies about to go in the oven.

Chewy amaretti cookies about to go in the oven.

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Our cute, young sommelier created his own clever Wine Rating Scale so you don

Our cute, young sommelier created his own clever Wine Rating Scale so you don't have to fuss with boring points.

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Strawberry, raspberry, & champagne granita.

Strawberry, raspberry, & champagne granita.

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My friend John is obsessed with this blackberry upside-down cake.  It may happen to you, too.

My friend John is obsessed with this blackberry upside-down cake. It may happen to you, too.

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I used sweet Texas peaches, but you could use almost any summer fruit to top this gingersnap-crusted, mascarpone-filled tart.

I used sweet Texas peaches, but you could use almost any summer fruit to top this gingersnap-crusted, mascarpone-filled tart.

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Forget lemonade--when life hands me lemons, I go straight to lemon squares.

Forget lemonade--when life hands me lemons, I go straight to lemon squares.

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Why mess with a good thing?  Simple, good ole

Why mess with a good thing? Simple, good ole' fashioned potato salad.

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With some fresh fruit & a little liquor, these bottles quickly transform into a refreshing pitcher of Summer Sangria.

With some fresh fruit & a little liquor, these bottles quickly transform into a refreshing pitcher of Summer Sangria.

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Tastes like summer.

Tastes like summer.

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What do pasta salad & James Joyce

What do pasta salad & James Joyce's Ulysses have in common? They're both classics!

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Something different for the summer grill...lamb burgers with dill mayonnaise.

Something different for the summer grill...lamb burgers with dill mayonnaise.

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It

It's electric! Strawberry simple syrup gives this strawberry-basil margarita its bright hue.

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Macerating strawberries in balsamic to make the perfect vinaigrette for a strawberry-blue cheese-pecan summer salad.

Macerating strawberries in balsamic to make the perfect vinaigrette for a strawberry-blue cheese-pecan summer salad.

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DIY happy hour with bright, citrus-y, homemade margaritas.  Salud!

DIY happy hour with bright, citrus-y, homemade margaritas. Salud!

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