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Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle

The blueberries really shine through in this so easy to make dessert – not too sweet and not the calorie hit a pie would be. Perfect as is but you can step it up with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla, cinnamon or lemon ice cream and decorate with a few saved berries or a sprig of mint.

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Golden and purple cauliflower

Cauliflower and Gnocchi in Roasted Garlic-Gorgonzola Cream

My friend Terry and I each bought a head of colorful cauliflower at the market and brought it home and split the colors – purple and gold. That coupled with a recent Diner, Drive-in and Dive episode featuring Bizarro Cafe in Seattle inspired this spin on a rich, creamy gorgonzola cream over cauliflower and gnocchi.

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Veggie Cheesecake

Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake

This firm savory cake based on a recipe from Heidi Swanson is good warmed, room temperature or even cold and like an omelet or frittata can help transform extra veggies into something delicious. Experiment adding different combinations of vegetables. Pair it with a salad for a light supper.

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Cornmeal Spaetzle

Cornmeal Yogurt Spaetzle

Comfort food German style. I like to mix about 50/50 with some vegetables to up the fiber and good carb content. This version combines cornmeal and whole milk yogurt.

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BLT Pasta

BLT Pasta

Done in about 45 minutes, this one dish meal showcases the tomatoes just arriving in the northeast and sneaks in some greens too. We like arugula but substitute spinach, chard or other dark green you have on hand. You can use any type of bread for the garlicky crumbs that add the perfect finishing touch!

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Rosemary Snacking Nuts

Based on a combo of a 101 Cookbooks recipe for Brown Sugar Rosemary Walnuts and Tracy Abbott’s Spiced pecan recipe, this base can be twisted in countless ways. Love the addition of chopped figs, dates or gogi berries. Nice to have these on hand for snacking with an apple, to top yogurt or oatmeal or add to a salad.

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Lettuces with shell peas, crispy bacon and bermuda onion

Lettuces with shell peas, crispy bacon, bermuda onion and blue cheese

Shell peas are in season and a quick blanch in boiling, salted water is all that they need to be ready for inclusion in a fresh salad adding a nice crunch and slight sweetness to balance against the onion bite and salt of the bacon and blue cheese. Balsamic makes a nice dressing choice.

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Homemade lemony ricotta

Homemade Lemony Ricotta

Rich and creamy with a light lemon scent and taste, this homemade ricotta recipe dates back to a 2006 Gourmet magazine. Quite easy to make at home, the exceptional flavor is worth the minor effort especially with a dish like Zucchini Carpaccio.

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Old-fashioned Dinner Rolls

Old-fashioned Dinner Rolls

These are my favorite go-to, special occasion dinner rolls – like for Thanksgiving or a 4th of July picnic. Fluffy and soft both in texture and flavor, these rolls can pair with pretty much anything but are pure heaven on their own with a little sweet cream butter – hmmmm!

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Sausage pesto soup

Smokey Pesto Soup

This roasted tomato based soup was born out of a bag of quickly over-ripening plum tomatoes, a farm share loaded with swiss chard and fresh spinach and a smoked sausage link – a great way to spread a small amount of meat over many meals. Excellent with a dollop of plain yogurt or a slice of herbed chevre.

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