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Red, White, and Blue Anything You Want Stuffed Potatoes

This is easy living. Stuffed potatoes are fantastic for lazy weekend meals. These suggestions are for 2 people, but all the ingredients may easily be doubled or tripled to feed more people or to have leftovers; the favorite in our house. We have white, blue, and little reds at the farm this week so pick [...]

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Fennel Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

Perfect for a sunny afternoon meal or even brunch, these Provencal-inspired peppers are delectable hot, warm, or cold. All you need is a little salad and maybe some noodles or rice. You may switch up the ricotta and use a soft goat cheese if you like that or half ricotta, half goat cheese.We recommend making your [...]

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Smoky Creamy Stuffed Eggplant

A hint of smoke adds a mysterious edge to these feta-meat stuffed nightshades. Heavy cream a delightful richness. Change the meat and herbs to your liking. These make a fantastic main course; all you need is a salad of greens and maybe some egg noodles, gnocchi, or rice.2 medium eggplants, split in half lengthwiseolive oil1 [...]

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Peach Sangria

Celebrate the symbolic end of summer with this light, refreshing party favorite, Sangria. This version is made with white wine. If you prefer your Sangria with red wine, substitute a light, dry one. The peaches marinate in the brandy overnight and soak up all the goodness of the spirits. After sipping the punch, eat the [...]

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Butter! Compound Butters for Corn, Steaks, and Everything Else

For corn on the cob lovers, there is nothing better than slathering sweet butter over a steamy ear. Adding flavorings gives you multiple options. Known as compound butter (the French call them beurre compose), flavored butters are the secret yet simple behind the scene enhancer for all types of food. Take the basic formula below [...]

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Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Easy cooking with simple garnishes is a nice way to spend the weekend. This vinaigrette fits into that untroubled spirit, making a flavorful sauce or garnish for grilled seafood or meats or for salad, potatoes, or grains. The recipe may easily be doubled or tripled. Use regular cherry tomatoes or a mix of yellow, red, [...]

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Zesto

We all love Pesto. It's so easy to slather on anything and is surprisingly perfect. Pesto's reach is well beyond it's humble origins as a pasta sauce and it is a condiment that doesn't mind being changed. Different nuts and herbs as well as tart additions of vinegar or lemon juice all have found their way into Pesto. Zhoug is [...]

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Pistachio Pesto

Makes 1 to 1 1/2 cupsPesto is the best quick sauce or garnish as it easily adds deep, rich flavor to any dish. Classically made with pignoli nuts, this version uses toasted pistachios. If pistachios are not your favorite or readily available, use hazelnuts, walnuts, or pecans. Whichever nut you decide to use, toast them [...]

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Grilled Summer Home Fries

This fun alternative to home fries combines grilled red potatoes, red onions and corn. The smoky vegetables are cut into large pieces when done and seasoned with garlic and herbs. This dish is particularly delicious with steak, sausages or egg dishes. Try them also with grilled poultry or fish. This is a bit of work, [...]

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Summer Chickpea Salad

With a summery Spanish feel, this marinated salad of chickpeas, corn, and tomatoes is dressed with sherry vinegar and orange-scented oil. Serve with lamb chops, pork tenderloin, chicken legs, shrimp, lobster, salmon, or burgers of any flavor. Orange oil is available in specialty food shops. However, orange zest can be used as a substitute.2 cups cooked [...]

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