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"Pop Goes the 4th" with Lemon Sugar and Comet's Tail Peppercorns

Pop some bubbly this 4th of July to celebrate our nation's independence! This elegant and festive beverage is easy to prepare, and a delightful twist on plain champagne. ChampagneSalt Trader’s Comet’s Tail Peppercorns didi davis food Lemon Sugar Fresh raspberry (optional) Rim a champagne glass with the Lemon Sugar. Pour the champagne and drop in 3 peppercorns [...]

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Cauliflower with Harissa Dressing

Serves 4 to 6 depending on size of cauliflower Harissa is a very hot Moroccan/North African chili pepper paste available in tubes or jars in many markets and specialty food stores. If Harissa is not available, you may make it at home (method below). Serve the cauliflower hot or cold. You may change the vegetable [...]

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Stewed Tomatoes

Serves 4 to 6by Chef Didi Davis from Side Dishes: Creative & SimpleSave this dish for when you have juicy, fully ripe tomatoes from the vine. Serve with roast chicken, pan fried veal scallopini, roast leg of lamb or an omelet.4 tablespoons unsalted butter1 large onion, choppedSea salt (we suggest Bay of Fundy Sea Salt)Freshly [...]

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Ginger Orzo Salad

from Side Dishes: Creative and Simple by Chef Didi Davis Serves 6 to 8 Cooked orzo is mixed with shredded radishes and carrots and tossed with a ginger-mint dressing. The salad is then left to chill and marinate. This salad is terrific to carry along on a picnic. Make it early in the morning or the day before [...]

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Chilled Couscous with North African Flavors

Serves 4 Drained Yogurt has a texture similar to sour cream, and in this salad, it becomes the base for a dressing to which sweet and hot spices are added, along with oil and lemon juice. The dressing is mixed with the couscous and with diced tomato for extra juiciness. Serve with chicken, fish, pork, [...]

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Lentil Tabbouleh

from Side Dishes: Creative and Simple by Chef Didi Davis Serves 6 Bright with lemon juice, tabbouleh is traditionally made with bulgur and garnished with an abundant amount of chopped parsley and mint. This version substitutes lentils for the bulgur and adds bits of diced tomato. Serve this fresh-tasting dish with lamb, chicken, fish, and burgers [...]

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The Holiday Sparkler with Sumac Pepper Salt

Celebrate the 4th of July by serving this refreshing summer cocktail. The tangy flavor of the middle eastern sumac berry mixed with the light bubble from the soda is a perfect combination for enjoying a summer holiday. Fruit flavored vodka (we used raspberry) Orange Juice Club Soda or Seltzer didi davis food Sumac Pepper Salt Rim [...]

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Lillet with Lemon Sugar

White Lilletdidi davis food Lemon Sugar Twist of Lemon or Orange Lillet is a marvelous French aperitif from the southwest region. In this drink, we have selected the white variety, but it is available in red as well. Using the orange slice, wet the lip of a glass and rim with Lemon Sugar. Add ice, and [...]

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Bloody Mary with Aleppo Chile Salt

The Didi Davis Food Aleppo Chile Salt adds a subtle and fruity heat to this classic cocktail. The sea salt used in the rimmer adds a light crunch to complement the rich and smooth tomato juice. 1 1/2 ounces vodka1/2 cup tomato juice 2 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice Worcestershire sauce to taste Tabasco to [...]

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Classic Margarita with Margarita Salt

2 ounces tequila (made from 100 percent agave, preferably reposado or blanco) 1 ounce Cointreau 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice Salt Trader’s Margarita Salt Using a lime wedge to wet the lip, rim a margarita glass with Salt Trader’s Margarita Salt. This beautiful salt features Australian Murray River Salt Flakes (a lovely apricot color) [...]

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