Serve Grilled Artichokes at Your Next Summer BBQ

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This past week I’ve been down in artichoke country. Monterey County, to be exact, which is affectionately called “The Salad Bowl of America”. I was down there for a few days learning all about salad, and yesterday drove through miles and miles of pure farmland on my way home. I don’t know about you, but to me there’s nothing more relaxing than driving through the country. It reminds me of home.

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Use Julia Child’s Bouillabaisse for Seafood Stew

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If she were still with us today, next month will mark Julia Child’s 100th birthday. She inspired a generation of home cooks and left an indelible mark on America’s culinary heritage. Her tome, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, set out to do what no other American cookbook had done before: to make French cuisine accessible to the masses.

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What’s In Season During the Summer?

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You might have guessed as much by now, but I love shopping according to the seasons. When you buy seasonal produce, you not only save money (who wants to spend $10 on blueberries from Chile?) and support local farmers, but you also prepare the best tasting meals since the ingredients are so fresh. Who doesn’t love that?

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Grill Salmon Teriyaki This Summer

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Salmon teriyaki along with Beef Teriyaki have long been a staple in American Japanese restaurants, so it may come as a surprise to many that these are not traditional Japanese dishes. Ask for salmon teriyaki at a restaurant in Tokyo, and you’ll probably be met by a blank stare followed by a profuse apology. If you’re lucky, you might find a shop making yellowtail teriyaki, but in general, teriyaki goes with “chikin” like steak goes with beef.

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Why Not Add Candied Bacon to Your Salad?

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I don’t know about you, but I happen to think the perfect accompaniment to green vegetables is bacon.

Yes, bacon.

And not just any bacon! Candied bacon.

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Celebrate Summer with a Strawberry Crisp

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Crisps are one of my favorite summertime desserts. Not only are they simple to make, they’re a great way to use up a lot of fruit, whether you get it in a CSA basket or spent a day picking berries.

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Eat Right with Grilled Goat Cheese and Pesto Pizza

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Oh my.

I tasted my first grilled pizza and I don’t think I’ll ever look back.

Nope, I am completely and totally a grilled pizza brat now—and for good reason! Think chewy, slightly charred crust topped with fresh summer flavors, just perfect for outdoor entertaining this season.

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Go Back to Basics with Homemade Savory Ketchup

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Used in everything from barbecue sauce to baked beans and a tableside condiment, ketchup is undeniably an integral part of a summer barbecue. Yet, despite its pivotal role, it’s a commodity that’s bought in bulk at big-box retail outlets and slathered onto food without a second thought.

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