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‘Mater & Cuke Salad: Use It Up Side Dish

Running out of summer side dishes?  Try this tomato cucumber salad.  Fresh and crisp, and done in under five minutes. 

Señor Michael's Chicken

What do you get when you cross four whole chickens with two heads of garlic and sixteen limes? Um, delicious!

Last Blast Tomato Bruschetta

It’s the last stretch of summer so time savor the final days and weeks of this season's veggies.  Of course you can get tomatoes and corn and peppers any time of the year, but isn’t there something about a local summer tomato that just tastes 100 times better?

Flat Iron Roll Ups with Roasted Fingerlings and Tomato & Green Bean Panzanella

What's for dinner? How about a perfect combo of summer goodies? Fresh corn, grass-fed beef, tomatoes, Lyon bakery bread, and potatoes.  

Pickled Beets...and Eggs...and a Tie Dye

While my home state of PA has some really strange delicacies -- scrapple, anyone? -- pickled eggs done in beet brine are one of my faves. What’s great about this recipe, is that it all starts with beets and you don’t waste anything (don’t forget to throw those beet greens in your smoothies or salads!).  

Bartlett Pear and Maytag Bleu Crostini: Use It Up App

Have those pears from last week’s box still sitting pretty in your fruit bowl?  I did too so I made this handy little appetizer with them and they vanished in no time.  Four ingredients and no dishes to clean except for a few crumbs on a cookie sheet -- yes, please!

Grilled Lamb Gyros with Cava Mezze Tzatziki

Football food is here (even if you don't care about the sport, I can assure you, you will at least like the hearty fare that comes with it).  

Heirloom Tomato & Peach Caprese Salad

What a combo! two of summer's best: heirlooms and succulent peaches.  I have a feeling this is going to become my go-to summer salad dish.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Garlic Marinated Chicken Kabobs with Summer Veggies

If you ask me, between kabobs, soup, and lasagna, you never need to throw away any vegetable in your fridge.  These are the penultimate vehicles for using things up.  Literally, throw just about anything into each of these and it just enhances the taste.  For this version, I just decided to do a basic summer veggie medley and some honest-to-goodness delicious marinated chicken.  

Hog Wild Hop Pickle Dip

Sometimes, it’s so good to be bad! Last night, in between wasting time on Facebook,, and Dlisted, I stumbled upon something intriguing on Pinterest: Pickle Dip.  I thought about it all night.  I had dreams about it. And today, around lunchtime, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to try my hand at this dip with my Brooklyn Brine Hop Pickles.