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  • Roasted Bok Choy With Citrus And Garlic

    Roasted Bok Choy

    With spring now in full effect, things are looking a little livelier here in Michigan. Leaves are reappearing on trees, the grass is growing, and flowers are blooming. The world is suddenly a whole lot greener. This has us thinking about ways to add some green to our plates as well. One of our favorite green vegetables is also one that, until recent years, has often been overlooked in the United States. Bok choy is the hidden gem of the produce section. This petit green superfood packs a powerful nutritional punch and is the perfect companion to any number of dishes.

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  • Roobios Tea Ice Cream

    Roobios Tea Ice Cream

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for... rooibos? It may not be summer quite yet, but the temperature is slowly starting to rise, and there’s no better way to stay cool than with a delicious cold concoction. What if we told you it was easy to make an ice cream that’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, right in the comfort of your own home? Flavored with South African rooibos tea, this frozen treat will become your favorite way to beat the heat.

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  • Saffron Couscous with Roasted Almonds

    Saffron Couscous

    Couscous is a relatively new addition to Western diets, but it has been a culinary staple in other parts of the world for more than a millennium. Originating in North Africa as early as the 7th century, couscous is made by rolling semolina with flour and just enough water to allow small clumps to form. These tiny balls are cooked until they are light and fluffy, then loaded with vegetables, meat, or any number of other tasty toppings.

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  • Turkey Leftover Sandwich

    turkey leftover sandwich

    The shopping is done, and the turkey tucked away in the fridge or in a brine bath. Sweet potatoes candied, russet potatoes cubed and rolls rising under the protection of a clean kitchen towel.

    The pumpkin, pecan, and cherry pies have been baked and tucked away in the fridge under a layer of tin foil, perfectly browned awaiting a scoop of vanilla ice cream or sweetened mounds of vanilla whipped cream.

    The twenty-pound turkey, liberally rubbed with butter and herbs is covered in a tent of foil and placed in the oven ready for its six hours of roasting to a golden brown. The house begins to smell of Thanksgiving dinner as the guests begin to show up, following the heavenly scents wafting from the kitchen.

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  • Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

    Tomato Vinaigrette Recipe

    Soon and slowly, bright orange carrots, small heads of lettuce, onions, and the first round of plump tomatoes will be ready to pick and eat. I’m eager for glass cups filled with ice-cold homemade lemonade with beads of water collecting and dripping down the sides. Planting a garden has been an annual ritual in our family for many years. Some years, it’s large enough to feed a small army; others, just a few tomato plants satisfy our desire for fresh produce.

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  • Warm Kale Salad with Crumbled Egg

    Warm Kale Salad with Crumbled Egg Recipe

    Salads - the perennial diet food. Salads are often thought of as rabbit food, diet food, and boring tasteless greens forced upon us when we can’t eat what we really want. This salad is anything but boring!

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  • Blackened Salmon Salad Recipe

    cajun blackened salmon salad

    A while back, I was in the warehouse looking through spices to create recipes for the SpiceJungle blog. I came upon two spices that seemed very similar but with slightly different names I was a bit perplexed as to the differences between the two.

    I know that cooks in Louisiana often use Cajun seasoning in jambalayas when boiling crawfish, and they add to just about any seafood coming fresh off the boats that day. But what about Cajun blackening seasoning? What is the difference between the two seasonings? I know you’re dying to know!!! Well, call off Sherlock Holmes because the mystery is solved.

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  • Chipotle Hasselback Potatoes

    Chipotle Hasselback Potatoes

    We live in a fast-paced, commercialized world. The concept of a sit-down family dinner when life is hectic is often regarded as frivolous or time-consuming, especially during the week when schedules are typically the most hectic. Too often we trade the convenience of take-out or fast food for the comfort of a home cooked meal.

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  • Tangy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Tangy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

    As children we often look upon green vegetables with disgust, hoping that they roll off our plate and into the waiting mouth of the family dog. The dog then promptly spits it out and the evidence of our secret is found out by our parental figure. Our parents tried to cover them in cheese, smother them in hollandaise sauce or even hit them in casseroles, but we always found them.

    Brussels sprouts were considered the most dreaded of all the green veggies. Our mothers did not understand the subtle sweetness that can come from roasting these tiny cabbages versus boiling them until bitter and soggy. Sliced in half and roasted in well-seasoned cast iron pan will result in an earthy, nutty and subtly sweet brussels sprout. Very different from the boiled mush we experienced as children. Brussels sprouts are a curious vegetable, grown in the ground on a stalk; the vegetable grows from the bottom of the stalk upward.

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  • Creamy Chive Dip Recipe

    Creamy Chive Dip Recipe

    Chive Dip Recipe

    Spring has finally arrived and I for one could not be happier! Spring is such a beautiful time of the year; a time of new growth and renewal, a time for cleaning out the old and bringing in the new and a time when the vegetables and fruits begin to finally blossom and sprout out of the ground.

    Living in Michigan, more than half of our year is blanketed in snow or the barren brown of dead grass and dormant greenery. The first notion of spring and we are out the door, clad in shorts and t-shirts heading to our favorite running path or hiking trail. As I walked up to my driveway and observed the tragedy that is my yard after a long winter I noticed signs of life popping up from the semi-frozen ground. Little sprigs of green signaling that the plants are ready for the warm sunshine of summer also!

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