Easy nibbles for pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

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If your family is like mine, there’s this whole pre-dinner thing that happens before we even sit down at the Thanksgiving table. Here’s an array of great holiday appetizer recipes to keep your guests happily snacking while the turkey roasts (and roasts … and roasts). Get the recipes! Continue reading

Best Thanksgiving side dishes.

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Whether you’re planning a full Thanksgiving menu or you’ve been asked to bring something to the table, here are some tasty Thanksgiving side dish recipes that will shake things up this year. I’m thinking fresh flavors, fall vegetables and healthier options that taste great and impress your family! Get my best Thanksgiving side dish recipes! Continue reading

Clean-out-the-larder minestrone.

easy vegetable minestrone soup recipe

I call this ‘clean-out-the-larder’ minestrone, because you can make it with whatever leftover or not-enough-for-a-meal vegetables, fresh or frozen, that you have on hand. Dump everything in a pot, simmer, and voila! Soup! Get the recipe (plus 2 secrets for excellent soup). Continue reading

Perfectly smooth, practically no-fat red pepper hummus.

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This easy homemade hummus is full of flavor and extremely low in fat, making it a healthy dip for veggies, pita chips or breadsticks. Discover the trick to making the smoothest, creamiest hummus ever! Get the recipe! Continue reading

Classic tomato sauce for canning or freezing.

homemade tomato sauce recipe

At an organic food conference last spring, I heard about a new-to-me process for making homemade tomato sauce using ripe summer tomatoes. It’s a wonder! This three-part recipe for tomato sauce is super efficient — and delicious! Get the recipe! Continue reading

Fresh tomato salad dressing.

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As if summer tomatoes aren’t sun-kissed enough: This easy tomato salad dressing is doubly so. Mix chopped tomatoes, herbs and other good stuff in a tall jar, pop on the lid and set it in the sun for a couple of hours. This dressing is super easy and versatile, too! Get the recipe! Continue reading

18 best recipes to make this summer.

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We’re in that glorious transitional time between summer and fall, when warm days mix with cool nights, when farm-fresh produce is still abundant (though we know it’s fleeting). Here are 18 must-make recipes for summer corn, tomatoes + more. Get the recipes! Continue reading