Frozen Margaritas

May 03, 16 Frozen Margaritas

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Frozen Margaritas recipe – booze plus blender plus frozen limeade equals heaven.

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Pressure Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dip (Greek Fava)

Jan 28, 16 Pressure Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dip (Greek Fava)

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Pressure Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dip (Greek Fava) recipe – a healthy dip for your guests, ready from the pressure cooker in about an hour.

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Grilled Red Pepper, Eggplant, and Garlic Relish

Apr 14, 15 Grilled Red Pepper, Eggplant, and Garlic Relish

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Fire roasted red peppers, eggplant, and garlic make for a fine dip.

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Very Berry Smoothie (with Kale)

Mar 26, 15 Very Berry Smoothie (with Kale)

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My go to smoothie, with frozen mixed berries and a handful of kale.

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Mango Lassi

Feb 24, 15 Mango Lassi

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Mango Lassi (in the Vitamix)

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Grill Smoked Trout

Dec 30, 14 Grill Smoked Trout

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Smoked fish is on the top of my list of holiday appetizers. Smoky, meaty, sweet trout plays well with all sorts of different tasty beverages, and is the perfect complement to a holiday cocktail party, wine tasting, or a just a couple of good beers with friends. It’s easy to make at home, tastes better than store-bought, and will...

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Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese and Almonds

Dec 23, 14 Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese and Almonds

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We’re hosting a Christmas Eve cocktail party. Now, Dad Cooks Dinner, but Mom is the Mixologist; she’s responsible for the drinks, I’m responsible for the nibbles. Here is one of my favorite appetizers. Sweet and salty, sour and crunchy; the dates, goat cheese, and almonds combine into one tasty bite. Even better, I can make it a...

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Sous Vide Limoncello

Dec 11, 14 Sous Vide Limoncello

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<…In the car, listening to america’s test kitchen podcast…>Wait…I can make my own limoncello?Phew! Christmas list solved. I’ll look up the recipe when I get home. <…At home, searching the web…>Darn…it has to rest for weeks, if not months. Christmas is too close. Hmm. <…adjusting search terms…>Aha! Sous Vide to the...

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Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned with Grilled Orange

Oct 14, 14 Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned with Grilled Orange

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This post is sponsored by Knob Creek® Distillery and the Original Brothers of Bourbon website. I enjoy the bold, spicy taste of Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey while I grill. The other day, as I sipped my drink and waited for the grill to preheat, the penny dropped. I can grill my oranges, adding smoky, caramelized fruit flavors to my Old...

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Caffè Tonic

Aug 05, 14 Caffè Tonic

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Intrigued / grossed out by this. RT @TastingTableNYC Meet coffee’s new mate. Tonic water.@Francis_Lam via Twitter My first thought: Espresso and tonic water? No way. There’s no way that tastes good.My second thought: That’s so weird, I have to try it. It actually works! The bitter, roasted flavor of the coffee mixes with the sweet,...

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Sous Vide Jalapeno Infused Tequila

Jul 22, 14 Sous Vide Jalapeno Infused Tequila

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I know how to make hot pepper infused tequila – why should I get all modernist and cook it sous vide? Because, when I want spicy tequila, I want it as soon as possible. Regular infused tequila needs to steep overnight; by adding gentle heat, I can have spicy tequila ready in under an hour. And, it’s easier to vary the amount...

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Grilled Avocados with Lemon Vinaigrette

Jun 10, 14 Grilled Avocados with Lemon Vinaigrette

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I think of this recipe as avocado lemon butter. It makes a great appetizer – brown the avocado on the grill, then toast thin slices of bread. Put them on a platter with a spoon, set the platter in front of your guests, and stand back.Or serve with crackers if you want an easier version that skips slicing and toasting bread....

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Grilled Lemon Whiskey Sour

Jun 05, 14 Grilled Lemon Whiskey Sour

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Grilled citrus is having a moment. I’ve seen it in a bunch of places recently, and I had to try it out. Is it all for show? My next thought was – grilled lemon? Sounds perfect in a drink, something to keep me quenched while I do hard work over an open fire. Grilled whiskey sour, here we come! So, is it worth grilling a lemon?...

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Green Monster Smoothie

Mar 18, 14 Green Monster Smoothie

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I have a couple of good friends who, whenever I post a kale recipe, immediately reply with “and try it in a smoothie!” Ugh…a kale smoothie? Really? That seems so…crunchy granola eater. And, while I like my granola, and tend to hug trees, kale smoothies were too out there for me. Until my youngest son started asking for them. This...

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Guacamole Sauce (Salsa de Guacamole)

Feb 10, 14 Guacamole Sauce (Salsa de Guacamole)

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It’s Mexico week on DadCooksDinner. I spent five fantastic days at Seasons of My Heart cooking school in Oaxaca. I’ll be sharing what I learned for months, but here’s the first batch of posts. What was my first food discovery in Mexico? Guacamole. Yes, really. In Oaxaca, Guacamole is not the thick, chunky dip I am used to. My first...

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Spicy Jicama Sticks

Sep 06, 12 Spicy Jicama Sticks

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Jicama reminds me of apples – it has the same crisp crunch, with a hint of a sweet taste. Think of a granny smith apple, but crunchier, milder, and less tart. I have eaten it a number of times, but I never had an opinion about it one way or the other. That is, until I had it as part of an appetizer at Frontera Grill in...

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Baba Ghanoush

Aug 16, 12 Baba Ghanoush

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It’s summertime, and my CSA box is starting to fill with eggplant. What do I do with it? I make baba ghanoush, the Middle Eastern eggplant dip. *And then I make tian Provencal, once I get tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant at the same time. And…that’s the extent of my eggplant recipes. Any eggplant suggestions? Anyone?...

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Smoke Roasted Aioli

Jun 28, 12 Smoke Roasted Aioli

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I learned how to make aioli in Paris, in a class with Susan Hermann Loomis. She taught us to pound garlic in a mortar and pestle, stir in the eggs, and then slowly, ever so slowly, drip in the oil. The aioli was   awesome with fresh vegetables, and I vowed to make it as soon as I got home. Of course, once I got home, I took...

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Canning Jar Margaritas

Jun 21, 12 Canning Jar Margaritas

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Forget making pickles – this is now my favorite use for canning jars. They are a great idea, especially for entertaining. Why mess around crushing ice in a blender when you can mix everything up, toss it in the freezer, and pull out a flat of slushy margaritas whenver you need it? The alcohol keeps them from freezing...

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Pressure Cooker Hummus

Apr 15, 10 Pressure Cooker Hummus

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Pressure Cooker Hummus recipe. Hummus from dried chickpeas in a little over an hour, thanks to the pressure cooker.

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Mango Salsa

Feb 23, 10 Mango Salsa

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Mango Salsa recipe. A balance of sweet mango and sour lime juice, with a little heat.

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Iced Sweet Tea

Oct 26, 09 Iced Sweet Tea

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I discovered sweet tea about ten years ago, when I went to Charlotte, NC for work. Being a northerner, it was a revelation to me. *As was the fact that sweet tea (pronounced “Sweetea”) was what you got unless you specifically asked for it “unsweet”. I wasn’t expecting that much sugar; I wasn’t...

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