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Spicy Guacamole from James Peterson

Guacamole recipes surround us. They outnumber us. Can there possibly be some new recipe that is really distinctive? Yes, there is. From James Peterson’s new book, Kitchen Simple, comes this recipe that is both simple and good. It is a minimalist recipe. Here you will find no onion, no garlic, no mashing of the avocado.…

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Mexican Chocolate Fudge Pecan Cake

“What do you think?” I asked Suzen proudly. I hadn’t seen a look like this on her face in over twenty years. “No,” she said quietly. “But,” I began, astounded. “I mean no,” her voice was forceful. “No one has ever written a cookbook like this,” I emphasized. She paused. “No, no one has. For…

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Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

“Would you?” I began. “No.” “But, …” “No.” “You see,” I tried. “No,” she cut me off. “CAN I JUST FINISH A SENTENCE, PLEASE!” “Of course,” said Miss Demur. “It’s my birthday and I want this dish.” “Your birthday,” her voice was raised, “is in March. This is July.” “Well, Suzen, that means that I…

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Blackberry Banana Margarita

There is an expression I dread to hear: “I’m over edge.” When Suzen says that, there is the threat of a tornado, flooding, or quake. Probably simultaneously. After a recent stressful event here, she looked at me and said, “I need a drink.” “Mojito?” I suggested her favorite. “No.” She said. “Margarita?” “No.” She said…

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