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Summer Vegetable Pasta with Pappardelle

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By the time summer finally hits I am so over all of the root vegetables and ready to indulge in some delicious fresh ripe sweet tomatoes, just like in this Summer Vegetable Pasta with Pappardelle.  Don’t get me wrong, I love root vegetables and all of the fresh produce available over the winter months, but summer just brings to light my most favorite veggies and fruits.  I’m Italian so liking tomatoes was a gene inherited at birth, and because of it I eat them and cook with them as much as possible when in season.     My biggest regret…

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Smoked Chicken Sandwich with Chipotle Mayonnaise

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Compensation for this post was provided by Cobblestone Bread Co.™ and Big Green Egg® via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cobblestone Bread Co.™, Big Green Egg®, or AOL. Warm weather is finally here which means we are outside all day long and are entertaining like crazy.  In our Chicago home room is always tight and going outside helps us expand to having more people over while being comfortable.   When I made this Smoked Chicken Sandwich with Chipotle Mayonnaise we practically called the neighborhood over…

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Vanilla Cashew Rice Pudding with Coconut and Passion Fruit

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When I was growing up I remember my mom always making some odd, sweet luke-warm rice thing with cinnamon in it, which at the time seemed kind of gross.  Well fast forward 25 years and enter my Vanilla Cashew Rice Pudding with Coconut and Passion Fruit that I made myself.  The crazy thing is that it’s really no different than what my mom used to make decades ago, it’s just that I like it now.  Even when I was young and my mom made it I never even tried it, I just thought that I wouldn’t like it because it…

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Turmeric Chicken with Honey Butter and Coconut Cous Cous

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This Turmeric Chicken with Honey Butter and Coconut Cous Cous is one of the cooler things I’ve cooked in the last few weeks.  I’ve baked a ton of good stuff lately but haven’t had much time to get creative and make a tasty meal in awhile, so when this came up I was all in.  If you haven’t cooked with turmeric before don’t be worry it’s just like using any other spice, the trick is to balance out the flavors with things it goes well with like honey. Now because I didn’t want to smother the chicken in honey before…

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Classic Nicoise Salad Recipe

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At least once a week we indulge in an all-out vegetable fest and this Classic Nicoise Salad Recipe hit the nail on the head!  I make so many rich, delicious foods and desserts that a few times a week we just crave nutrients from vegetables so I try to get all vegetarian, or in this case pescatarian, and create something amazing.  I have always been a sucker for Nicoise Salad, in fact I did one some years back but roasted every single ingredient on the grill including the romaine lettuce.  This time around I wanted to use up the new…

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Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos Recipe

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As I’ve gotten older and a lot more patient, mostly due in part to having a 3-year-old, I’ve been enjoying more and more the entire cooking process and the same goes with this Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos Recipe.  Whether that’s prepping everything beforehand or cleaning up.  Maybe it’s just pride in my cooking or my kitchen, but I’m enjoying the cycle in its entirety.  The crazy thing is that it can be any recipe too, even a grilled cheese for crying out loud.  I never thought I’d be at this point in my cooking career but I remember reading about…

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Berry Acai Bowl Recipe with Coconut, Bananas and Hemp Seeds

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If you haven’t noticed the craze out there for acai bowls then you’ve clearly been under a rock because these things are everywhere.  I decided to stick my toe in the water and my own Berry Acai Bowl Recipe with Coconut Bananas and Hemp Seeds that is so delicious I’ve been eating for breakfast every morning since last week.  It’s incredibly easy to make and is so versatile depending on what fresh fruits are in season and on sale. To make the acai bowl, it starts with acai powder.  Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it, because honestly I…

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Hazelnut Crusted Snapper with Orange Butter

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It’s a challenge to get the rest of my family to eat seafood so anytime I can mask a bit of the flavor, or in my case enhance it, I give it a try.  This Hazelnut Crusted Snapper with Orange Butter is not only incredibly easy to make but wow is it bursting with flavor, and the best part is the family loved it.  I haven’t decided whether or not to tell my wife and daughter that the skin was still on the fish because she may flip out on me….  Maybe next time :-). This method of crusting the…

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