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Strawberry Lemon Vanilla Bean Tart

Strawberry Lemon Vanilla Bean Tart

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I firstly have to thank Jai for this recipe, as it is a modification of her "Better-than-Sex-with-Jon Tart". This method is for people like me who cannot make beautiful tarts like Jai and therefore have to cover up their horrible tart with pretty strawberries.

No More Curry

No More Curry

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This curry leaves in its wake a group of dazed people wandering around aimlessly with empty bowls muttering, "No more curry? No more curry?" It's a little sweet with a great kick and lots of flavor. A glass of rioja would go nicely. Please try to use fresh garlic, ginger, and lemon juice. I find this helps in making it tasty gorgeous.

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

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This is very quick and easy. If you like tart sweet tastes, lemon curd gives you that great pucker with a smooth sugar kick. Slather on warmed crumpets or scones or just enjoy by the spoonful. Lemon curd can even be used as a custard to fill tart shells.

Chunky Guacamole

Chunky Guacamole

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This guacamole is awesome, if a little wet. If you're serving it at a party, be sure to give it a good stir every once in a while. That way you bring some fresh lime juice up to the top and it makes it oh so good. Cherry/grape tomatoes are nice to use because they are sweet and not as juicy as regular tomatoes. I like to used frozen corn kernels (if corn on the cob is out of season). Make sure you boil them, drain them and let them cool/dry a bit.

White Sangria

White Sangria

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This is a GREAT summery drink. Very refreshing and it's a must have for any picnic in the park.

Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice

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This is for anyone who loves carbs and saffron as much as I do. The only drawback is that saffron can cost more than marijuana. I try to get a more affordable Spanish saffron, not the worst (but not the best) from my local Indian food store. This recipe is also great for getting rid of old rice in a tasty manner. Usually I have Jasmine rice growing old in the fridge, but I'm sure this would work great with some Basmati rice or even plain Japanese sushi grain rice.

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

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Delicious pancakes that are very simple to make. I like to brush them with butter and give them a generous douse in real maple syrup (not the sugar water junk that they try to pass off as syrup).

Sake Sushi

Sake Sushi

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I learned this recipe from a Japanese friend. Great dish for summer--light, refreshing and can be served cooled (although I recommend not to serve it cold because the rice gets all funky). Sake can also refer to salmon. Oooo, double meaning!

Autumn Butternut Squash Soup

Autumn Butternut Squash Soup

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This is a super healthy soup perfect for the fall weather we'll be getting soon.

Pesto Tortellini

Pesto Tortellini

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I used pesto and some ingredients such as tomato and bacon to give this tortellini dish an amazing amount of character. You will absolutely love this pasta dish!!

Pesto

Pesto

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The pesto is fantastic in pasta dishes. For a great appetizer or snack add two tablespoons to 1.5 cups of hummus mix well and serve with vegetables and pita bread. If you are hardcore you can throw on a toga and make this with a huge mortar and pestle. Personally, I use a blender. (And I'm sure a food processor would be even more convenient.)

Lemon Blueberry Scones

Lemon Blueberry Scones

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I love tea so I like baking yummy tea fare. These blueberry scones are a favorite among my family and friends. I usually think scones are too dry, but these are nice and moist. I recommend using fresh picked blueberries from a nearby farmers market, if you can get them. I love the big fat sweet ones. The better the quality of the blueberries, the more delicious these scones will be!

Lime Coconut Cupcakes

Lime Coconut Cupcakes

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I have de-veganized this recipe from "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. I did this because I think the egg gives it some stability and a lighter tastier texture. Also, I'm not vegan so I don't really have anything against using eggs. They go great with Thai food or any summery meal accented with lime. Although these are easy to make, they lose much of their tasty texture when you put them in the refrigerator. (They become very hard due to the coconut oil.) Make the cupcakes the day before, leave them out overnight and frost and add decorative coconut and lime slices right before you serve them. This also prevents the lime slices from wilting and the coconut from getting soggy.

Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crumb Cake

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This cake is very easy to make. It is moist and sweet and is wonderful with a nice black English/Indian tea (or coffee). It is also a great way to use up old, shriveled apples.

Almost New England Clam Chowder

Almost New England Clam Chowder

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Not quite the really thick New England Clam Chowder. I consider this my "Connecticut" version of NE Clam Chowder. This recipe makes a huge pot of soup. It goes great with some corn bread. I know the measurements are vague, but this is a soup, so you can't go wrong with putting in more of what you like, and less of what you don't like. If you have the time, fresh clams are highly recommended, but sometimes I just crave this soup so I go with canned clams.

Buttermilk Waffles

Buttermilk Waffles

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Add fresh fruit, drizzle with maple syrup and dollop with whipped cream.

Almond Meringue Cookies

Almond Meringue Cookies

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These are really good Christmastime cookies. I'm not sure why I am posting this now, but there you go. They are very tasty and delicious and stay fresh for quite a while in an air-tight container. Maybe you can even save them for Christmas! (Not recommended, though.) These cookies are also flour-less, which is neat as well as useful for people who have gluten intolerance. Just a baker's warning, these cookies take a little bit of patience to make and might even be more at the "advanced" level of baking because the dough can be annoying to work with. Just stay calm and add more powdered sugar if the dough starts to stick to everything.

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