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Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce – Nuoc Mam

Here’s how to make fish sauce dipping sauce, Nuoc Mam: 1-2 t honey or palm sugar 1 T hot or warm water – mix the honey or sugar until mostly dissolved Add 2 T good quality fish sauce 1 clove of garlic, smashed or minced and the juice of 1-2 limes. Add crushed or sliced […]

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Blueberry Crumb Cake

If you have an extra pint of blueberries in your fridge, here’s one of my favorite ever cake recipes. I made the recipe from Smitten Kitchen’s Blueberry Crumb Cake but increased the chopped walnuts to 3/4 cup and used an 8 inch pan, which increased the cooking time to over an hour. It gets better […]

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Spicy Quick Pickled Cucumbers

2 pounds fresh cucumbers, cut lengthwise into spears (if the cucumbers are big and has big seeds, you can cut out some of the seeds) ¼ cup white wine vinegar or unseasoned rice vinegar 1 t sugar ¾ t crushed red pepper flakes 2 t sea salt, plus more 2 T chopped dill or other […]

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Trifecta Meatballs (Whole30 compliant)

  These meatballs are sooo much better than the turkey meatballs I made last week, which I over-cooked because I was following a recipe that said to use a meat thermometer to check the inside temperature, but it didn’t work and I cooked them too long. I suggest when you think they might be done, […]

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Soup Basics: How to Make Soup in 6 Easy Steps

If you know the basics of soup making, you don’t need to follow the recipe word for word, but instead can glean inspiration from recipes and use what you have on hand. With a nice sharp chef knife, a cutting board and a Dutch oven there are endless possibilities. See equipment below. Step 1: Soup […]

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Swiss Pears

A super simple and refreshing appetizer. Sliced ripe pear with slices of Emmentaler or Jarlsberg or other Swiss cheese.

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Salmon Burgers

Our new family favorite – decidedly kid-friendly. Two 6 ounce wild salmon fillets (or 1- 14 ¾ ounce can of wild salmon or 2 small cans) 1 T mustard (Dijon or stone brown) 1 T mayonnaise 1 T lemon juice ½ t grated lemon zest 2 scallions, chopped ½ t sea salt 1 egg ½ […]

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Simple Steamed Broccoli

I made this all the time. It is so quick, yummy, and healthy. This and the Sautéed Garlicky Kale are by far the most common veggie dishes served at my house, followed closely by my Cabbage Slaw. Broccoli crown Olive oil Sea salt Set up steamer basket over water and turn on stove to medium. […]

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Sauteed Garlicky Kale

I love using lacinato kale – the dark green dinosaur kale. Kale is my favorite vegetable, and this is my most used recipe of all times. Kale, one bunch, washed, pulled off the stem,  chopped – let sit 5 minutes or so. 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 T olive oil 1/2 t sea salt Heat […]

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Rutabaga & Sweet Potato Gratin

This is a great alternative to dairy-laden gratins. I use stock instead of the usual cream for the liquid. I like to use a little aged cheese, such as Gruyere or Parmesan, but this recipe is also great without. It was a huge hit with my family! 2 cups onions, sliced 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, […]

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