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Black Bean Soup

The robust, spicy aroma reaches my nose from more than a block away, making my mouth water while I think of all the recipes that rely on roasted chiles.  As deep and penetrating as their unmistakable scent, the flavor of roasted chiles is both irresistible and addictive to many of us.  I buy a variety…

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Salad Suggestions for Hot Weather

Who wants to cook in this heat?  Not many of us.  Dinner at a restaurant every night is not an option for most of us, and the less expensive carry out choices are not especially healthy ones.  Processed and prepared foods are full of the cheapest ingredients, fillers, and additives.  How to beat the heat? …

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Uses for Fresh Basil Pesto

Fresh basil is abundant in both our gardens and the Farmers’ Markets right now, a most welcome fragrance and flavor indeed.  High summer is basil season, wonderful torn and tossed into salads, sprinkled over flavorful heirloom tomato slices, perhaps adding fresh mozzarella cheese.  A great favorite is fresh basil pesto, the classic Italian “paste,” if…

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Apple Coffee Cake

It’s apple season again: crisp, juicy apples of all varieties, some sweet, some tart, but all healthful and nutritious.  Most of us think of either a brown bag lunch addition or something sugary, baked for dessert when we see the new fall crop.  But aside from a tasty, portable snack food, apples are a natural…

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