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Kicked Up Condiments

I remember this french fry place in San Francisco that had like 30 different dipping sauces. Oh the joy of narrowing that down to my top 5 as I placed my order...one delicious dunking tank after another. Well today, we're making our own little dips of heaven. From Bloody Mary Ketchup to Bourbon Honey Mustard, these dips will crank up any dish your cooking. And for those of you looking for the...

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Labor Day Food on a Stick

We all know the standard Labor Day culprits. Hamburgers, hot dogs, maybe a potato salad or two. Delicious, sure. But Pinterest worthy? Meh. So we're having some fun with our food this holiday weekend by stick-ifying our favorite Summer classics. Making the littlest guests feel right at home and gifting our guests with one smile after another because let's face it, everything tastes better on a stick!

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Gazpacho with Shrimp

Inspired by our recent trip to Spain, I created this summery gazpacho. With tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers readily available at every farm stand, it's the perfect late-summer meal. It comes together in minutes. Adding leftover shrimp infuses protein and bulk to your lunch. Serve it with crusty bread and you'll have a great family dinner or a fancy party appetizer! For more, head on over to...

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10 Ways to Eat Watermelon

A few days ago, I headed out on my lunch break to pick up an iced coffee. Much to my dismay, it was absolutely freezing (and by freezing I mean so. not. summery). There was an undeniable crispness in the air that simply couldn't be denied. Fall is on it's way, and I'm just not ready. Lucky, there are still a few summer weeks left , and I plan on taking advantage (starting with all of these watermelon recipes): PS - ...

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Jam & Cheese Crepes

Now that Erin has let us into her sweet Dancing Goat Dairy world, I want to share a ridiculously simple recipe for Jam and Cheese Crepes. This recipe makes Erin's goat cheese shine and can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late night snack! Even better, pack up a stack with a jar and cheese to tote along to a friend-filled brunch this weekend.

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Spicy Watermelon Salad

When choosing a menu that has to withstand the summer time temperatures, I always like to begin with a refreshing, and preferably cool, first course. My spicy watermelon salad is the perfect blend of sweet and spice, plus it highlights one of summer's biggest stars. Just make sure you let your guests decide how much heat they can handle by placing the sliced jalepeños on the side. Enjoy! Truly, MKR Photography: ...

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Spiked Watermelon Salad Bites

Spiked watermelon salad bites... you heard right! Chef Wes Hamilton and chef Kevin Humphreys have taken the idea of the salad and flipped it completely on it's head. And the results? Well they're absolutely delectable. If you're looking to impress at your next summery gathering, this is...

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Fava Bean Toast

On the very off chance that Caitlin Vartanian's, recipes for meringue with fresh berries or summer salad giverny didn't do the trick, I have a good feeling this springtime app with seal the deal. Because...

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Roasted Grape Crostini

With temperatures on the rise, the very last thing I'm interested in is spending a whole ton of time in the kitchen. But with a ton of social commitments on the horizon, I'm afraid it's inevitable! Which is why I'm totally in love with Caitlin Moran's roasted grape crostini. Not only is it totally elegant, but it only takes minutes to whip up, and I'm certain will be a massive hit at any and every summer event...

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Salad Giverny

I fully subscribe to the notion that you eat with your eyes, and if this notion is even half true, then The Abode Kitchen's salad giverny will be the most delicious salad you've ever had. Pair it with a crisp glass of rose, your favourite lady friends and an outdoor patio and you've got yourself a pretty wonderful summery affair! Photography:...

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Meyer Lemon Flatbread

As soon as winter ends each year (or maybe even a little before) I find myself longing for the fresh, crisp flavors of spring. I couldn't be more excited that Megan Doherty is sharing her recipe for a tangy, savory flatbread that's perfect lazy outdoor dinners or toting along on a picnic lunch! I know exactly what's going in my grocery cart tonight...

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Organic Herb Inspired Cheese Table

We covered the 101's on making your own cheeseboard a while back so now that we have the basic foundation in our brains, it's time to mix it up a bit. With this herb inspired cheese tray - complete with a spread that compliments the various Summer herbs that the designer - Holly of Avenue Lifestyle - loves. Read on for...

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Deviled Eggs, Two Ways

It's almost Easter and you've decorated a bunch of eggs. Now what will you do with all those hard boiled beauties? Try making deviled eggs, but think beyond the typical mayo filling. Maybe you like cilantro, or add tomato paste and a dash of paprika, some black olives or even a little caviar - be creative! I'm sharing two different options with you today - for more recipes, head on over to Audrey's! CURRIED DEVILED EGGS 2 hard...

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Spring Crostini Appetizer

Can we just talk about the fact that soon enough all those fabulous farmer's markets are going to be filling up with lush, delicious fruits and veggies?! My mouth is salivating at the thought. And the very first thing I'm going to do after I fill my basket to the brim? Make Carlene Thomas & Rebekah Pizana farmer's market crostini. Captured by ...

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Bite-Sized Party Food

So cocktail parties are pretty much my favourite thing, if for no other reason than I am secretly obsessed with tiny treats. Not only does it mean you get to nibble at your own pace, you also get to try a whole smorgasbord of delicious without feeling ridiculously stuffed as a result. So without further ado, I've rounded up some of my all-time favourites: And we're always on the hunt for new recipes to try, so I'm dying to know: what's YOUR favourite bite size...

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3 Bite Pulled Pork + Biscuits

So girls. And boys? If you are really wanting to cheat-cut your way thru a party, (ehem...like our Anti-Super Bowl Party) these little apps are the easiest, most delicious thing ever. We made ours with Niman Ranch pre-made pulled pork and biscuits straight out of a can. Sure you can roast your own pork butt but why bother when there are such delicious options perfect for this application.

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3 Bite Tacos with Guacamole Cream + Pico

These little tacos were my favorite part of our Anti-Super Bowl Party. Not only were they absurdly delicious (I ate six), they were also beyond adorable. We went with ground turkey, pico, guacamole cream and some hot sauce, but you could try any variety - from bacon and eggs to vegetarian. The real showstopper is the tiny baked taco shell, the fixins are just the happy on top.

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3 Bite Burgers

My obsession with teeny tiny food began and will always end with the genius that is Peter Callahan - who takes mini food to a whole other level of wow. Well, for our Anti-Super Bowl Party, we channelled our own inner Peter Callahan and crafted teeny tiny lovelies starting with this 3 bite burger. Peter's happen to be smaller, but when it...

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Crunchy Peanut Thai Salad from Nili Stevens Inspired Living

In general, I feel fairly confident in the kitchen whipping up things here and there at will. But for whatever reason, when it comes to salad, I tend to reach for the same ol' boring version time and time again. I usually find that eating salad feels more like a chore than a choice, and often have to remind myself that there are delicious versions that far surpass my go-to spinach and tomato combo. Versions like...

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Chilled Fresh Pea Soup

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for appetizers that are not only easy to whip up, but look lovely to boot (I'm all about the pretty my dears!) I'm thinking that Wiley Valentine's guest and fellow foodie Reenie's farmers market inspired recipe for chilled fresh pea soup is just the ticket. It's bold, it's colourful, and I'm confident it would be a sure crowd pleaser. Photography: ...

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