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A Spring Chicken
June 24, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I’ve learned to stretch a tender pasture-raised 4-pound chicken into two meals by adding lots of grains and veggies the first night it’s served. I decided it was time to turn those leftovers into chicken salad— perfect timing with picnic season underway, right? All it needed then was some peppery greens which I plucked from the backyard and tucked with the chicken salad between a toasted sourdough roll from the local bakery.

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Hidden Treasures
June 18, 2010 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

A few days ago, I hosted a barbecue and was shocked to learn that none of my guests had ever tried two of my favorite foods - jicama and quinoa. These not-so-well known foods are easier than you’d think to find in stores and are nutritional and delicious.

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A Cooler Cookout
June 8, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I find my recipe inspiration from many places. Some seemingly sensible, like memories of my Nana’s meatballs or remembering the fresh chopped garlic my mother would sprinkle atop grilled steak. Stumbling across my recipe for making frozen margaritas was totally accidental. In fact, it started out innocently enough as a kid-friendly recipe for strawberry slushies

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Let’s (e)scape
May 26, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Garlic scapes are the shoots from, drum roll please…garlic plants. You can chop them up and sauté them as you would regular cloves, but another addictively delicious use is pesto. Instead of waiting for your basil plants to come full-bloom, get some scapes and you’ll be in for a real treat.

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It's Picnic Time!
May 19, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Memorial Day is the official beginning to a season of fun in the sun, so it’s time to start thinking about outdoor entertaining. What better way get started than with a picnic? Check out my secret to perfect picnic sandwiches every time...

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Quick Thinking Bolognese
May 13, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Some nights I crave a dish a bit more, shall we say, elegant. It was on such a night that I came up with my recipe for 10-minute Bolognese. Tired of plain old meatballs, I decided to mash them up with a fork and sauté the bits of meat with some red wine. A quick simmer in some marinara sauce and in the time it took for the pasta to cook, dinner was done.

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Tea Lattes? Yes, Please.
April 7, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I’ve been a religious coffee drinker for years now, decaf being the brew of choice because I want the taste without the buzz. In the evening, though, I prefer a calming cup of tea and this latte hit the spot.

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Wake Up, It’s Spring
March 25, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Last year, I set out to do some container gardening. Even if you have no more than a windowsill, it’s easy to add some edible greenery to your landscape. Here’s a few of my favorite recipes to give you incentive to channel your inner green thumb.

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Just Another Meat Free Monday
March 4, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Taking meat out of the equation for just one day a week can positively impact your body, the planet and your budget. Imagine a meatless makeover of your favorite dishes. That’s just what I did recently.

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Skillet Croutons
February 25, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Whether you like them big and chunky or tiny and bite-size, homemade croutons are a delicious departure from their packaged counterpart

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A Taste of Summer
January 30, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

What better way to beat the winter sniffles than with a warm bowl of tomato soup?

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Game Time!
January 22, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The prep is incredibly easy but the pay-off is priceless: homemade onion dip without the artificial aftertaste.

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Sweet Potato, Leek & Ricotta Souffle
January 15, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The Cuisinart Stand Mixer’s food processor attachment ensures a super smooth sweet potato puree.

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Hold the Fries
December 23, 2009 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The secret to a crisp on the outside, soft-pillowy on the inside latke is adding the potato’s natural starch back to them.

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The Ultimate Potluck Party
December 18, 2009 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

When the days get shorter and temperatures dip into unthinkable territory, I like to have a house full of company. One of my favorite meals to make is a hearty beef stew in my slow cooker. It does all the heavy lifting so I can run out and get some wine.

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Holiday Entertaining, Manicotti Style
December 10, 2009 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

One of my favorite dishes to make is manicotti from scratch. These ricotta cheese-filled tubes of pasta are actually very easy to make—the batter comes together in the blender, and guests will be impressed when you tell them they’re 100% homemade. Round out your buffet with a salad of winter greens and roasted root vegetables, an antipasto platter and keep the red wine flowing for a fabulous holiday celebration.

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