2011 13 September

Quick and delicious cheese plates

It’s September, or as I like to call it, “the perfect cheese platter time of the year.” I know, it’s a mouthful, but that’s just how I feel about September and cheese. Since September is also the holy-goat-we’re-so-flipping-busy time of year, cheese platters are good for quick entertaining. Cutting all those summer veggies can be […]

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2011 17 August

Malcolm’s Winning Cornbread Recipe

Several years ago, I picked up the second place award in the chili cook off. My dear brotherfriend, neighbor and second place chili winner, Malcolm, won the first place cornbread award. He got this recipe from an old job in San Luis Obispo. It’s magically rich, buttery, cheesy and creamy. You GO, cornbread. Malcolm’s Winning Corn […]

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2011 16 August

Malcolm’s Chili Verde of Love

Malcolm’s Chili Verde of Love recipe won this year’s chili cook off. I know he’s good at making it because he makes it a lot. See, his daughter is allergic to almost every ingredient in the world EXCEPT for the ingredients in this chili.(I’m talking gluten, eggs, dairy, beef. This girl is ALLERGIC.) Since Malcolm’s […]

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2011 14 July

Helen Jane Makes Sloppy Joes

How long has it been since you had a good sloppy joe? Ten years? Fifteen? Are you telling me you’ve NEVER HAD A GOOD SLOPPY JOE? (liar) Sloppy Joes are good for big groups, they’re semi-customizable and they have a surprisingly complex flavor. Fire up your slow cooker, buy some processed, whitebread buns, American cheese […]

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2011 12 July

Asian Man Ribs Recipe

As work heats up and the weather does too, I find myself on the prowl for more crockpot recipes. This one works for a fancy party, a not fancy party or dinner. We serve with steamed edamame, steamed rice and an easy green veggie stir fry. Cutting the ribs into individual pieces means they can […]

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2011 26 June

The Ensalada Strikes Back

Thanks to the Empire Strikes Back running on a constant loop at our house, last week’s bocce theme was Star Wars inspired food. (Your almost three year old daughter is similarly obsessed with Princess Leia? Then you’re aware of all the Star Wars in our house.) Inspired by the HJEntertains.com Salad Week, I brought The […]

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2011 21 June

Mom-style Potato Salad

There’s something about the potato salad made by mom. Mayonnaisey, pale, studded with crunchy bits of celery and always with the crumbled hard-boiled egg, Mom-style Potato Salad is a truly satisfying way to round out a barbecue. Digression: Do you call it a barbecue? I said this on the Twitter, but, growing up, when we […]


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2011 20 June

Bocce Pasta Salad Recipe

This Bocce Pasta Salad recipe is the perfect side for grilled chicken breasts with a squirt of lemon. I eat this with a big spoon (a shamefully big spoon). Ingredients 1 pound dried orzo pasta 3 tomatoes 15 sundried tomatoes 1 small red onion 40 basil leaves (one bunch basil) 7 ounces feta cheese (solid, […]


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2011 15 June

Fruit Salad Stick

Banana. Strawberries. Melon. Kiwi. Mint. Blueberries. Pineapple. Whatever. You get the drill. Clean it. Peel it. Cut it into pieces. Put it on a skewer. I like to drizzle it with a little Agave syrup. You like to share it with your friends.


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2011 10 June

Avocado, Grapefruit and Endive Salad

Ingredients for the Vinagrette 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice from 1/2 a grapefruit 1/2 cup olive oil 3 T honey 1 T grapefruit zest A generous shake of salt and pepper Ingredients for the salad 3 ripe avocados 3 pink grapefruits […]

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