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watermelon, lime, and tequila frozen cocktail

For best flavor, head to the farmers’ market for peak-season fruit. Freeze in a single layer on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet until solid. {via Bon Appétit} INGREDIENTS 3½ cups ...


3 bbq sides

Steal the show with delicious sides like Sunset’s famous Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw … Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw If you’re looking for that ultimate crowd pleaser try this refreshing, crunchy slaw. Shredded ...


grilling shrimp in the shell

To capture those sweet, salty nuances, grill shrimp quickly with the shell on. By Elizabeth Karmel from Fine Cooking, Issue 59 For truly juicy shrimp, choose the biggest size and grill them ...



feta + watermelon salad

A fabulous combination of flavors in this mouth watering and unique summer ...

jambon de paris baguette

French ham, also sold as jambon de Paris {available at Wagshal’s}, is a ...

mexican style corn on the cob

Serves 2 These messy but irresistible ears of corn coated with cheese ...

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eggplant :: in season

Seasons/Availability Italian eggplant is available year round. Growing Your Own* Check out Grow Your Own Veg to learn how to plant, grow and harvest eggplants/aubergines. {image via Grow Your Own Veg} Current Facts Italian eggplant is the generic name given to hundreds of eggplant varieties that are classified within the most common known domesticated eggplant […]

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A smoothie can be as simple as fruit juice, yogurt, and ice, blended into an on-the-run meal or a filling snack. The variations are endless! Try Better Homes and Gardens’ basic fruit-filled smoothie recipe, or get creative with your own! A smoothie offers you a hefty serving of fresh fruit that’s low in calories and fat, […]

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lunchbox snacks

We could not have asked for a more thorough blog to offer healthy lunch ideas than Beneficial Bento. You got it, Kristie’s mission is to make healthy food more fun to eat than junk food! How can I accomplish this lofty goal? By combining the powerful forces of clean eating with the fun of a bento […]

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bacon, peach and arugula sammy

Total Time: 20 min Prep: 12 min Cook: 8 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy INGREDIENTS 8 slices thick-cut bacon 1/4 cup packed fresh basil 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 8 thick slices multigrain bread 2 peaches, halved, pitted and thinly sliced […]

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blueberries :: in season

Seasons/Availability Blueberries are available year-round with a peak season summer. Current Facts Blueberries, botanical name Vaccinuium corymbosum, are perennial flowering plants within the genus Vacciniuma, which also includes cranberries and bilberries. There are three types of blueberries: highbush, lowbush and hybrid half-high. The highbush blueberry is the most commercially important of the three types. The […]

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