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Strawberry Balsamic Upside Down Cake

The berries are here. Wonderful luscious strawberries — and blackberries and blueberries, too. But today is a strawberry day. The combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar is iconic. And popular. Just google “balsamic vinegar and strawberries” and you’ll see there are 613,000 results. Somewhere in that stack of ideas and recipes there surely is something…

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Salmon Veracruz with Tomatoes, Capers, Olives and Herbs

Here is salmon, we all know salmon, from a different perspective. Rick Bayless applies the flavors of Mexico in layer upon layer of texture and flavor. This Veracruz “sauce” can be served next to your grilled/pan-fried/barbequed/baked salmon. Or on top of it. There are onion, garlic, herbs, spices, olives, capers and jalapenos here. Surely, you…

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Cucumber Gazpacho

Light, quick, refreshing. No, not just refreshing, penetrating. Here is gazpacho without a hint of red. It’s all green: cucumber, jalapeno, avocado. And it’s delicious. From start to eating, it’s 30 minutes for this because you do need some time for this soup to chill. While it is chilling, you can turn to the garnishes…

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Chocolate Nutmeg Cupcakes & Glossy Coffee Frosting

“We’re making this,” Suzen announced. We had a family dinner to attend and, as usual, our contribution was dessert. I had a Roasted Banana Bread Pudding in mind, because I always bring chocolate and I was feeling guilty about that “always” stuff. Time for something new. So what does my not-so-fond-of-desserts wife hone in on?…

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