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Archive for the ‘Star Ingredients’ Category

  • Shhh! I’m In Love With My Basil.

    I admit it, I have a “thing” for basil. Yep, my own little love affair with a green plant. Basil is no ordinary plant in my world. It is the essence of summer in a leaf. I can’t imagine a… Read More

  • Fruit Fun!

    Summer is the season of late-night bonfires and pool parties, of colorful carnivals and state fairs – so many opportunities for fun! Along with the activities come sweet treats such as funnel cakes, ice cream cones, sticky cotton candy, and… Read More

  • How to Pick the Best Summer Fruits.

    It’s blazing hot and summer is in full swing. Even in the scorching heat, summer is still the best! I mean, what’s better than lazy days by the pool, late nights bonfires and mouthwatering food‽ I’m talkin’, sweet summertime melon,… Read More

  • The Secret Ingredient for the Best Blueberry Muffins

    I’m going to tell you my secret for the most amazing blueberry muffins. I love all kinds of blueberry muffins, but my favorite is a rework of this Tri-Berry Muffin recipe. Oh I love that recipe too, but when my… Read More

  • Strawberry Sweetness!

    I’ve been sloshing through rainy day after rainy day. Blah! And yet, I had the most wonderful rainy day experience at the farmers market last weekend because I tasted my first spring strawberry. Oh my gosh, I wish I could… Read More

  • Cinco de Mayo…Recipes, tips and more to plan your fiesta.

    Hola! Shake a maraca and samba your way over to join us for a fun El Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Dip into our Chipotle-Black Bean Salsa and sip on a margarita. It’s fiesta time and we’re ready to celebrate. I’m always up… Read More

  • Lovin’ Leeks!

    My sister-in-law makes a delicious Potato Leek Soup. I really enjoy the flavor of her soup, but have only recently had the courage to cook with leeks myself. I think any ingredient I have not used before intimidates me just… Read More

  • Garlic. 5 Tips to help you cook like a chef in your own kitchen.

    Garlic is one of those staples found in my kitchen any time of the year. The smell of garlic sautéing in a pan lets everyone in our family know I am cooking up something tasty! I add it to a… Read More

  • Nutty About Pecans!

    What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you think “pecans”? My mind immediately pictures a warm pecan pie. It seems to me pecans are pigeonholed as best for pie and other sweets, when in fact they are used… Read More

  • Feel the Pressure!

      Last year, I picked up a “new-to-me” kitchen appliance — the Instant Pot. I’d been thinking about using a pressure cooker since I met a couple who was traveling around the world in their sailboat. They said that pressure… Read More