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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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Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Roasted Veggies

Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Roasted Veggies celebrates the natural sweetness of veggies roasted with balsamic vinegar. It’s fresh and filling — perfect for lunches. As my son set out for the school bus on Thursday, the darkness swallowed him. Here in Maine, our days grow slimmer and slimmer. Nighttime takes over. And that means that …

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Shrimp Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

With a rich marinade, these Thai-inspired Shrimp Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce are easy to serve, easy for guests to grab and enjoy and easy to love. We’re not supposed to pick favorites. Not for our human kids, perhaps not for our fur kids and definitely not for books or recipes. But for the latter …

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

Using what’s probably the quickest way to cook Brussels sprouts, these Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Garlic are filled with bold flavor and easy to make. I spend a lot of time considering ways I can inspire folks to cook more. But really, it’s not just about cooking. It’s using whole ingredients to make something delightful. …

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Rosemary Garlic Whipped Ricotta Crostini with Prosciutto

Easy but impressive, this recipe for Rosemary Garlic Whipped Ricotta Crostini with Prosciutto can be mostly made ahead, freeing you up to enjoy your guests. When I started working on The Easy Appetizer Cookbook, I spent time thinking about what dishes I would want to serve to guests. What kinds of food make guests go …

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Black Bean, Tomato, Avocado and Cotija Cheese Dip

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #idaretodip #daretodip #CollectiveBias Meaty beans, salty cheese, creamy avocado and good tomatoes. This Black Bean, Tomato, Avocado and Cotija Cheese Dip is a cinch to make and perfect for parties. Perhaps even the spooky ones right around the …

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