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Blueberry Muffin Tops

Lightly sweetened, these Blueberry Muffin Tops have a crispy outside and soft, light inside dotted with juicy blueberries. Delightful! There are two types of muffin eaters: Those who only really love the tops and those who can’t get enough of the whole thing. Or maybe there are three. I know a few people who prefer …

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Blueberry Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

Tender, airy Blueberry Cinnamon Swirl Muffins are dotted with juicy blueberries. A sweet cinnamon layer in the center makes them extra special. When I moved to Maine, I didn’t yet know the joys of wild blueberries that grow plentifully here. I’d grown up with — and picked each summer — high bush blueberries that were …

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Avocado, Mango and Pineapple Salsa

Avocado, Mango and Pineapple Salsa is a delightful celebration of contrasts: Creamy avocado, sweet mango, tangy pineapple, spicy jalapeno. Five days until Christmas. Four shopping days left. Three days until we leave to visit family for the holiday. Two days until The Nutcracker touring show my daughter, Paige, is in wraps for the season. One …

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Chipotle Sweet Potato Chili

Chipotle Sweet Potato Chili is a spicy, rich dish with hints of sweetness thanks to all the sweet potatoes in it. Make a delightful dinner or work lunch. With a few chipotle peppers in adobo sauce hanging out in the fridge, a cold front moving in and a desire to make something that would be …

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Citrus Garlic Marinated Olives

Robust citrus flavors and woodsy rosemary combine to give these Citrus Garlic Marinated Olives a lovely, bright flavor. This is a great make-ahead recipe for entertaining. Friends coming over, birthdays being celebrated, Thanksgiving, family visiting. We’re in that unusual time of the year when all sorts of parties and events converge. Add in my daughter’s …

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Vegetable Curry and Lentil Rice

With bold, Indian-inspired flavors, Vegetable Curry and Lentil Rice is pilaf meets dal. Full of veggies and legumes, it’s a satisfying dish. I have a little more than seven months left in my 30s. A decade ago, as I approached the end of my 20s, I was panicked. Despite having two young kids, a thriving …

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