cheesecake-stuffed peach halves

If you like your peaches pure and simple, this one’s for you. These guys are just a bit fancy. Slightly dressed up, so to speak. Rather than taking the time to bake a whole homemade cheesecake, you’ll simply top off each peach half with a dollop of cheesecake cream. Then a quick roast in the oven results in tender, caramelized peaches with warm, decadent cheesecake on top. Not too much. Just a sampling.

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the best-ever gluten-free focaccia bread

Focaccia. One of those treats that the gluten-free folks dream about …never imagining that there could possibly be a good gluten-free version. Well, I’m here to reassure you that it can happen. Thanks to the genius of Dr. Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François, you can easily achieve this at home. It’s all outlined in their

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lidia’s zucchini roll-ups

It’s that time of year in my neck of the woods. Zucchini overload. Not sayin’ that it’s a bad thing. Just in case you need some inspiration, here’s a quick and easy way to serve up some of that squash.

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strawberry chocolate shortcakes

Before we dig into the recipe for these tasty treats, let’s start at the beginning. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the farm-to-table rebirth. Some refer to it as farm-to-fork. It’s all about enjoying locally grown food without the distributors or stores getting in the way of optimum freshness. Just-picked goodness.

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balsamic roasted mini-peppers

Are you guys ready for this one? The most amazing and versatile appetizer ever. Wait …it’s actually delicious as a side dish, too. Enjoy it any way you like. And often. It’s ready in 30 minutes with just five minutes of prep time. And did I mention that you will need just four ingredients? Okay,

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make-it-your-way antipasto salad

I don’t know about you guys but when we have a gathering of folks over for dinner, it’s all about the appetizers to be offered with a glass of wine. Or two. Don’t get me wrong. The meal is important …but ya gotta have some good stuff right away. Just to get the party started.

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bbq white beans with peppers

Here’s a quick, fresher-tasting version of those old baked beans. Perfect for your next barbecue. The recipe calls for an overnight stint in the fridge so that the flavors can develop. That means one less dish to prepare on cookout day. Always a good thing.

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dark cocoa banana muffins

This is a quick one, folks. A not-too-sweet or not-too-rich treat that can be ready in under an hour. And if you have some gluten-free folks in your crowd, go ahead and switch out that regular flour for the gluten-free version. Makes no difference. Delicious either way.

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grilled romaine with prosciutto-wrapped shrimp

Have you ever had a grilled caesar salad? So delicious with all that smoky flavor. This one is similar with the grilled romaine except that it’s topped off with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette. But it’s the grilled shrimp that’s been wrapped in thinly sliced prosciutto that takes it right over the top.

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soba, snow pea & asparagus toss

Raw carrot ribbons and barely cooked snow peas and asparagus retain lots of crunch in this speedy dinner. The dressing is the perfect blend of salty, toasty, tangy, and pungent.

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oxidative stress + multiple sclerosis

Worldwide, more than 2.3 million people have received a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. A recently completed prevalence study, funded by the National MS Society, has estimated that nearly one million people in the United States, over the age of 18, are living with the diagnosis of MS. Nearly one million! 

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basil & ricotta ravioli

Wonton wrappers are the secret ingredient on this one. Pasta pillows that have the flavor and texture of homemade from-scratch ravioli. The ricotta filling is packed with flavor, thanks to the basil and lemon zest. You really should try this at home.

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