Spicy Salmon and Grilled Pineapple Wrap

Spicy Salmon and Grilled Pineapple Wrap

I have lost track of the number of pineapples we’ve grilled in the last two months. But that number shot up last week when they were .99 each. Because you know me and how I love to hoard a good produce sale. If you’ve never grilled a pineapple, let me tell you what you’re missing [...]

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Queso-Smothered Chicken Fajita Burgers

Queso-Smothered Chicken Fajita Burgers

Who needs tortillas? I mean, I do. Gosh, any world without tortillas is one I do NOT want to live in. But you don’t need tortillas. At least, not for this “burger,” anyway. And it’s actually how this burger came about. Fajita Night with tortillas that ended up being moldy easily turns into Fancy Burger [...]

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Fresh Cherry Coke (Dr Pepper) Floats

Fresh Cherry Coke Float Recipe

I grew up 40 minutes north of the 4th largest city in the United States. And it might as well have been 200 miles from the nearest civilization. Back then, it was the last-Dairy-Queen, barely-a-dot-on-the-map before you hit that stretch of 59 that turned into 2 parts speed trap, 1 part scary hillbilly cop movie, [...]

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Drunken Cherry Galette

Drunken Cherry Galettes

You know what’s better than eating cherries straight out of the bag for lunch? WINE. These individual galettes are not your average dessert. The rustic pie/tart/pastry-thingies are filled with red wine-soaked cherries, glazed with a red wine reduction, and then topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It tastes like someone (me) spiked a [...]

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My Favorite Summer Sandwich

Grilled Zucchini and Red Onion Sandwich

You can do a lot of amazing things with zucchini. You can bread it and bake it for the faux-fry treatment. And then dip in ranch. Because the answer is always ranch (when it’s not margarita). You can caramelize it in some bacon grease [swoon] and toss it into a peppery, velvety smooth carbonara for [...]

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Green Tomato and Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Green Tomato and Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Hello, summer. With your abundance of tangy green tomatoes, your abundance of soul-melting heat, and your abundance of why-waste-my-time-flat-ironing-my-hair-when-it’s-just-going-to-look-like-crap-in-11-seconds-anyway humidity. I can only help you with one of those things. The other two can typically be fixed by drinking any one of these. This summery mac & cheese is spiked with minced chipotles in adobo [...]

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Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled pineapple is currently my very, very favorite thing on the planet. ‘Cause Lord knows, the soccer-hockey-basketball trifecta of worthless sports sure as hell isn’t. HOW IS IT NOT FOOTBALL SEASON YET?! {I would just like to note that since posting this, I have now watched more soccer than in my seven previous lifetimes combined. [...]

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Pregaming in the Garden with Some Almost Butterflies

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Did I ever tell you about that time I was picking a half-million serrano peppers a few summers ago and I’d spied a reddish-brown “pepper” (airquote spoiler!) that had fallen off the bush, got caught on the vertical support net, and was hanging there… “drying.” I pulled it off the net but before I could [...]

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