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Avocado Pesto Dip

I cannot remember a time when it seemed inappropriate to ask a friend, “What can I bring?” when she invited me to dinner. And I know that this is the first thing my friends will ask me when I invite them.  And guess what?   I’m going to answer!  And when I am the guest, I …

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Pasta with Edamame, Mint and Basil Pesto

This was born of some leftover Mint Basil Pesto, and my desire to work edamame into every dish I can. I think edamame are one of the most perfect foods on earth.  If I ever get another dog I may name him Edamame. No offense to my current perfect dog, Cooper. And this is another …

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Crusted Loin Lamb Chops with Mint Basil Pesto

My family loves loin lamb chops, and because the rib ones are too expensive to buy that often, that’s a good thing.  There is more meat on this cut of chop anyway, and they can be thicker so they are at less risk of getting overcooked.  And is there anything more irritating than spending a …

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Tomatoes with Mint Basil Pesto

My garden is a 10 x 14 foot plot of weeds.  A few years ago I made it bigger, so I could grow more weeds.  This year I have outdone myself. I have really amazed myself, and my friends and family, with my weed growing prowess.  I know because when people visit they look at …

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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lime, Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Marinade

If someone is being teased in my kids’ presence I would very much expect them to stand up and defend whomever was being picked on.  Which is why I end up sometimes feeling guilty for sitting quietly while some culinary elitist maligns the guileless chicken breast.  “Dark meat is the only way to go, and …

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