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Spicy Grilled Shrimp

When I asked about the recipe for these spicy grilled shrimp, I was certain that Christian had forgotten something. “Just olive oil, cilantro, cayenne, salt and pepper,” he assured me.


I believed him (mostly), but when it came to making them, I was tempted to tamper with the recipe – add a little garlic or perhaps some lemon juice. I resisted and, if you’re similarly inclined, you should too. Continue Reading →

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Cardamom Vanilla Bean Shortbread

It was a need for something crunchy and sweet to go with homemade peach ice cream that finally made me follow through. I’d been toying for months – since April 1, 2014 to be exact – with posting a sweet treat flavored with cardamom.

On April 1st my friend John sent me this note:

Cardamom, the forgotten spice. Why?

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Easy Dill Lovers Refrigerator Pickles

If I’d known how ridiculously easy it was to make crispy, salty, dilly, tangy pickles, our refrigerator would never have been without them – especially in summer months. No cooking required. Zero. You don’t even have to boil water.


In our CSA share this week, we had several Kirby cucumbers and a beautiful bunch of fresh dill. Kirby cucumbers are those odd shaped cucumbers, covered in sharp little bumps. They aren’t the most attractive of cucumbers, but they do stay crunchy in brine.

Kirby cucumbers and fresh dill look to me like pickles. But pickles require a variety of spices, sterilizing jars, boiling brine and achieving a proper seal, right? What’s a lazy girl to do?

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