Shaved Fennel Salad with Citrus

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017Very, very thinly sliced fresh fennel makes a wonderful salad.  It’s slightly crunchy, but not too toothsome, the citrus compliments the fennel perfectly.  The rhubarb was a nice slightly sweet, and slightly sour, too.  Balance, baby, balance.  Continue reading

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans, Apricots and Parmesan

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans, Apricots and ParmesanThis is particularly delicious with fish, seafood or pork.  The thing I like about this, is that even though it’s nice Thanksgiving side dish, it’s wonderful when fresh apricots are in season.  It’s quick, easy and totally delicious.  Continue reading

Thai-Flavored Turbot with Charred Onions

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Thai-Flavored Turbot with Charred OnionsThis is a wonderful dish.  The onions are just slightly charred, a tad burned, if you will.  Turbot is a wonderful fish.  It’s just slightly meaty and a bit on the sweet side.  It lends itself well to sauces, and this lemongrass-laced sauce is perfect with it.  Continue reading

Quick and Easy Fruity BBQ Sauce

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Quick and Easy Fruity BBQ SauceSince so many of us grill more over the summer, I thought I would just pass this “custom” BBQ sauce along to you.  This is one of those recipes that is ever-changing.  It is intended to be personalized to your flavor preferences, but no matter what, it’s just a great sauce to make ahead or at a moments notice.  Continue reading

North Carolina-Style, Smoky Mustard BBQ Sauce

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North Carolina-Style, Smoky Mustard BBQ SauceWe just finished exploring the Art Fair in Boca Raton, and we were hungry.  So we checked out “BBQ near me”—isn’t technology great?  Anyway, less than a mile away was “Mississippi Sweets BBQ Co”.  Thanks, Siri…what a find.  Continue reading

Guava-Onion-Rum Sauce

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Guava-Onion-Rum SauceThis is one of those sauces that is as good with pork, as it is with chicken and it’s equally delicious with salmon or shrimp.  Okay…so it’s good on pretty much anything.  I haven’t tried it on a burger, but I think on a pork burger it could be stupendous. Continue reading

Strawberry Dessert Sauce (with Pink Peppercorns)

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Strawberry Dessert SauceIt’s always good to have a nice dessert sauce in your repertoire.  This is absolutely spectacular made with local berries, when they’re in season, like right now.  And you must slice the berries, sprinkle them with a bit of sugar and that’s all you need.  But, some years, the berries aren’t quite as sweet.  Continue reading

Calypso Rice and Red Beans

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Calypso Rice and Red BeansThis is a wonderfully flavored rice, with the beans cooked with the rice.  It’s pretty AND it’s delicious…win-win!  If you’re vegetarian, this can be a main course, but I like to serve it with Jerked Chicken.  Continue reading

Quick, Pan-Fried General Tso’s Chicken

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Quick, Pan-Fried General Tso's ChickenThe Eldest Progeny loves General Tso’s.  Make no mistake here…we all love it.  But, he can be pretty passionate about it.  It’s sort of a benchmark for him, when he considers the quality of a Chinese restaurant.  We’ll see what he thinks about this version, which isn’t deep-fried and is a bit lighter, but loaded with flavor. Continue reading

Pea Green Pea Hummus with Meyer Lemon and Mint

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Pea Green Pea Hummus with Meyer Lemon and MintFlavored hummus seems to be all the rage these days.  And with good reason.  It’s very tasty stuff.  Peas and mint are a natural combination.  The lovely cool green just screams summer. Continue reading