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Grilled Belgian Endive


Our Progressive Eats theme for July is Grilling Time. While I do love to grill main courses such as salmon and vegetable shish kebabs, I decided that my contribution this time would be a side dish – Grilled Belgian Endive. 

Belgian endive is a torpedo-shaped vegetable, generally fro

Roasted Beet Tahini Dip


If you’re tired of hummus (even the red pepper version), try this alternative, Roasted beet tahini dip. Super easy, it uses only a few ingredients, and takes your appetizer game to a whole new level. 

The recipe comes from Emily Paster’s new book, Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Ba

Small Batch Spicy Sweet Pickles

Spicy Sweet Pickles

I love condiments, especially in the summer. And these small batch spicy sweet pickles are a perfect summer condiment. Add them to burgers or hot dogs, serve them on the side with cold meats or pâté, or munch on a few. 

Even better, spicy sweet pickles are a wonderful homemade gif

Agave-Sweetened Fresh Fruit Crumble


Normally, I don’t use agave.  While I have nothing against it, honestly, I’m a sugar-sweetened gal. But when making a dessert for a dinner where one guest is sugar- and gluten-free, this Agave-Sweetened Fresh Fruit Crumble was the perfect choice.

I had on hand fresh peaches and sweet che

Easy Single Serving Chocolate Amaretti Trifle


Chocolate Amaretti Trifle is a simple and elegant way to serve dessert in hot weather when you don’t want to turn on the oven. You can make it in a large bowl to serve a crowd, or use glasses to make the single serving version. 

The idea for this fabulous dessert came from my partner for

Middle Eastern Zucchini Tahini Eggplant Dip

Middle Eastern Zucchini Tahini Eggplant Dip

When summer comes, I’m all about fresh vegetables and fruits. This Middle Eastern Zucchini Tahini Eggplant Dip is perfect for a party appetizer. Whether it’s a big July 4th celebration or a last minute potluck with a few friends, this dip is sure to please. 

 It’s great even when yo

Layered Eggplant Parmigiana


If it’s possible to improve on crispy baked eggplant, then this layered eggplant parmigiana is the way. The eggplant, tomato sauce, and cheeses melted together will keep your friends and family coming back for more. 

The ingredients are simple. The stars of the show are eggplant slices,

Simple Canned Tomato Pasta Sauce


Tomatoes will soon be in season. And when they are, I’ll head to my favorite farmers market for a batch of seconds with which to make quick pasta sauce. In the meantime, this fabulous canned tomato pasta sauce is a family favorite. Using just a few dried herbs and grated vegetables, the canned

3 Ingredient Sweet Creamy Summer Fruit Dip


I’ve been all about dessert sauces and dips this week. First there was Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce without a Thermometer and now there is 3 Ingredient Sweet Creamy Summer Fruit Dip. 

Honestly, I’m almost embarrassed to call this a recipe it’s so simple. But given how much I love t

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce Without A Thermometer

Salted Caramel Sauce without a Thermometer

Have you noticed that salted caramel has become a “thing?” With a history of disastrous attempts to caramelize sugar, I was fearful of trying to make anything with caramel. Still, I decided to try a recipe for homemade salted caramel sauce without a thermometer for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. A

Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

Indian butter chicken or murgh hakhani, is delicious and easy to make.

My first introduction to Indian food was via London. With its sizable East Asian community, London turns out to have many wonderful, inexpensive Indian restaurants. As a college student traveling to London on a tight budget, I discovered the joys of Indian food there and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Pretzel and Mustard Crusted Fish Fillets

Pretzel crusted fish fillets

I could eat pretzels for dinner, especially the slightly soft, New York-style ones, preferably with a nice tall glass of beer. Still, I know that meals are supposed to be slightly healthier than that. So how about pretzel and mustard crusted fish? 

For me, pretzels lie on the spectrum of

Avocado Chocolate Pudding Mousse


This avocado chocolate pudding mousse happened when my need to bring a dessert to dinner with friends coincided with my desire to use up leftovers. 

After offering to bring a dish to a party or dinner, I frequently ask my beloved what he would like as “our” contribution. If it is going to be

How to Make 3 Step Crispy Baked Tofu


Truth be told, I’m not a tofu fan. Still, figuring out how to make crispy baked tofu without much fuss intrigued me. And yes, it can be done. With a crunchy baked finish on the outside and a soft pillow inside, tofu becomes appetizing even to those of us who have shunned it in the past. As a healthy

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