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Tropical Shave Ice

Two friends of mine posted photos of themselves in Hawaii on social media today. I immediately felt jealousy and a craving for shave ice. Not the kind with sticky syrup in every color of the rainbow, but the kind made of tropical fruit with a big scoop of ice cream at the bottom. This sauce is the perfect topper for […]

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Authentic Bagels

  Repeat after me, “Bagels are not hard to make.” Good.  Now, keep that in mind as you read on.  There are several steps, but they are NOT hard.  You can do this! Authentic bagels are always boiled before they are baked, which lends their distinctive chewy texture.  Legitimate bagels also make use of a long fermentation process to increase the […]

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

Have you read the children’s book, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear?  The sneaky fox goes to great lengths to get just half of a juicy strawberry and I certainly don’t blame him.  A fresh-picked berry is nature’s perfect treat. They are unique in taste and structure, being the only fruit to bear its […]

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I Heart Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp tacos, how I love thee.  Garlicky, with plenty of shredded cheese, cabbage and salsa, these beach-side tacos are love at first sight.  They make the perfect meal any night of the year, but especially May the 5th. So, if you need a quick, delicious Cinco de Mayo dinner, look no further. Shrimp Tacos 1 lb raw shrimp 4-6 large […]

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Blender Salsa

   This recipe was born in a moment of desperation when I realized that someone had eaten the very last of the store-bought salsa and that someone else (it may have been the same person) forgot to add salsa to the grocery list when they took the last jar from the pantry. The result was disastrous: not a drop of salsa in the house.  I am unable to live without salsa. It is my condiment of choice and I slather it liberally on dishes throught the day. A breakfast of eggs gets a nice dollop, while a lunch of nachos or beans and rice is never complete without either a scoop of pico de gallo or bottled tomato goodness. Dinner at our house often involves a tortilla, some fixins’ and, of course, salsa.  This recipe turned out to be the solution I didn’t know I had been looking for. Our favorite commercial brands were a touch too spicy for my youngest and we were going through it quickly.  Inexpensive, completely customizable and fast, this blender salsa pleases the whole crowd. In the event that I find myself with only an empty jar, a refill is only five minutes away.  Blender Salsa Yields 1 quart 1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic 2 scallions or a handful of chives A small handful cilantro, with the bottom of the stems trimmed off 1/2-1 Jalapeno, seeded (leave seeds in for more spice) […]

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