Prepare a Vibrant Passion Mango Preserve

Passion Mango Preserve recipe

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Perhaps it’s because I’m from a temperate climate, but I love tropical fruits. Whether it’s pineapple, star fruit, longan or mangosteen, they carry an irresistible exotic allure. My absolute favorite though is passion fruit. Cool name aside, these ugly ducklings may not look like much, but split one open and you’ll be greeted by a vibrant orange pulp and jet black seeds that make the fruit look like it came from another planet.

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Make Shrimp Ceviche Lettuce Cups

Shrimp Ceviche Lettuce Cups recipe

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My favorite ceviche is the Peruvian variety: lots of lime juice with a bit of ginger and some spice. The lime juice that’s leftover after the fish has cooked in it is referred to as “leche de tigre” or “tiger’s milk.” Many say it’s the perfect remedy for a wicked hangover. I haven’t been tempted to make this for myself when I’ve been suffering but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’d worked.

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Pop a Bite-Sized Caprese Salad

Bite-Sized Caprese Salad recipe

With summer drawing to a close, and with it, the end of tomato season, I’m trying to get my fill of sugar-sweet sundrenched tomatoes. Caprese salad is always a favorite during this time of year, but I love doing a bite-size version of this classic with a rainbow assortment of heirloom cherry tomatoes. Using cherry tomatoes not only opens up a new options for presentation, it also allows you to pickle the tomatoes first.

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Snack on Smoked Trout Dip

Smoked Trout Dip recipe

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The last stretch of summer is always the hardest for me. I want nothing more than a bit of a break from the scorching temperatures and blazing sun. Yet I’m not craving fall and winter foods yet. I’m just in search for a bit of a relief from the weather. This usually involves eating cold appetizers for dinner. It’s like grazing and I’m really into it when the temperatures heat up.

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Mix Together a Roast Beet and Green Bean Salad

Roast Beet and Green Bean Salad recipe

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This beet and green bean salad is one of those salads that sets a table ablaze in color, making everything else you serve with it look better in the process. It’s also one of those salads that gets better with time, making it a perfect make-ahead dish for a summer potluck.

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Make Sweet Corn Pancakes for Breakfast

Sweet Corn Pancakes recipe

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Every season there’s a different pancake to be had. In fall there are my famous pumpkin spice pancakes (we’re almost close!); during Christmas time, I always cook up my gingerbread pancakes; and in spring, I always make strawberry pancakes.

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Make Quinoa Pilaf with Apricot and Almond

Apricot and Almond Quinoa Pilaf recipe

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We already know that quinoa makes for a more nutritious substitute for white rice, but did you know that it also works in other dishes that typically use rice? Whether you’re making fried rice, risotto, or pilaf, this versatile pseudocereal subs in like a champ, often outdoing rice at its own game.

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The Year of Cozy: Classic Peach Pie

Classic Peach Pie recipe

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I wrote a book! It’s called The Year of Cozy and it comes from my home to yours. The book is driven by the idea that sometimes we can’t really control the larger things in life, but we can most certainly decide how we spend our free time. It’s about living with a bit of intention and choosing to spend our time making things that bring us happiness. For me, cooking is the place where I love to lose myself. There’s nothing more that brings me more joy than baking and cooking and crafting.

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