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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

One of my favorite summer soups – gazpacho brings back memories of my mother who would make it with all the wonderful vegetables from our garden. Refreshing and healthy; it’s a great first course or light lunch or blended as a smoothie for breakfast. Gazpacho Serves 8 to 10 Ingredients 1 small red onion, minced […]

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Cucumber Cups with Citrus Smoked Salmon

Cucumber Cups with Citrus Smoked Salmon

I made these recently for a client who had a small dinner party and wanted an appetizer that was pretty, healthy and not too filling. Easy to make ahead these cucumber cups can be filled with a variety of things such as herbed chèvre, cream cheese with chives, smoked fish and curried tuna salad. Cucumber […]

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Beef Negimaki with Scallions

Beef Negimaki with Scallions

This is a wonderful appetizer that is easy to prepare and is gluten and dairy free. You can use pork tenderloin or boneless, skinless chicken breast in place of the beef if desired. Served warm, this is a great appetizer to impress friends and family. Beef  Negimaki with Scallions Serves about 6 Ingredients 1 pound […]

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Thai Shrimp Salad

Thai Shrimp Salad

What better way to beat the heat than to make a shrimp salad with Thai flavors. This is one of my go to recipes for entertaining and any other protein can be used such as; scallops, tofu, chicken breast or pork tenderloin. It’s a beautiful presentation salad and can be made in the morning or […]

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Asian Garlic Sesame Ribs

Asian Garlic Sesame Ribs

This is party food folks, perfect for entertaining a crowd and easy peasy because you marinate the ribs ahead and then pop them on the grill. Of course if you don’t have a crowd just halve the recipe and its a great weekend dinner or part of an appetizer selection. Either way you can’t imagine […]

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Shrimp Summer Rolls

Shrimp Summer Rolls

I make these gorgeous shrimp summer rolls all the time and love them. They are healthy, creative, versatile and best of all are fun to make. I sometimes use cooked leftover chicken which I shred in place of the shrimp or marinated diced tofu. Traditionally these rolls have cooked vermicelli noodles as the filler but […]

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Cauliflower Cakes with Mixed Greens

Cauliflower Cakes with Mixed Greens

As we all know cauliflower is the new kale and is seen in every incarnation this year. With its bland taste and multiple uses this very nutritious and versatile vegetable can be used as a replacement for potatoes, rice, pizza crust and more. In this delicious and simple recipe I use it to make a […]

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Persian Eggplant and Walnut Dip

Persian Eggplant and Walnut Dip

Persians use a lot of eggplant in their cuisine and this eggplant walnut dip is perfect for a crowd as you can make it ahead and it will last for days. I love any type of dip that can be served with crackers, cut up vegetables or even as a spread for a sandwich. I […]

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Turmeric Hummus

Turmeric Hummus

I serve this hummus all year long as an appetizer with crackers, crudités or toasted bread. It can be used as a side for any type of Middle Eastern entree such as kebobs or a spread on a sandwich. Sometimes I add scallions or cilantro sometimes I add lime instead of lemon. This is a […]

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Flatbread with Greens, Mushrooms and Chevre

Flatbread with Greens, Mushrooms and Chevre

This delicious flatbread can be served as a side or entree paired with a salad. You can be super creative with the toppings and add whatever you have in the fridge such as sautéed or grilled vegetables, any type of cheese that melts, sautéed onions, pesto or fresh herbs. The dough can be made ahead […]

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Crostini with Herbed Chevre and Caramelized Onion Relish

Crostini with Herbed Chevre and Caramelized Onion Relish

What a perfect appetizer for fall as you can use up all your herbs that have been growing faithfully all summer and utilize organic onions, garlic and goat cheese from Durham’s own Funny Girl Farm. This appetizer can be made completely ahead, toast the bread, make the cheese topping, caramelize the onions and assemble before […]

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