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Avocado and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette: Summer on a Plate

This dish is a light and refreshing summer salad that is very easy to prepare. A lemon-thyme vinaigrette accentuates the creaminess of the avocado and the sweetness of the tomatoes. A variety of different proteins can be added to turn it from a first course into a main meal. My favorites are canned tuna, lump […]

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Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Terrine: The Impulse Buy I never Regret

I love going food shopping. It doesn’t matter where or when.  If fresh produce is involved, I’m in! For me, internet grocery delivery services will never replace the local market. Purchasing food is a sensory experience just like eating the final product. You have to see it, touch it, pick it up and give it […]

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Grilled Summer Vegetables: A Seasonal Party Staple

Timing has always been our biggest challenge when guests come over for dinner.  Janine says it’s because we make things too complicated. Instead of setting out a couple of appetizers and letting everyone dig in, we try to provide a steady flow of offerings until the main courses are ready. When this approach works, it […]

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Eggplant Parmigiana: Layers of Labor and Leftovers

Last weekend, Janine was invited to a social gathering that didn’t require my attendance. I was off the hook. The day was filled with potential. Unfortunately, the weather put a damper on things. The heat and humidity prevented me from starting any projects around the house. The tides in Sandy Hook Bay were not ideal […]

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