Farmer's Market Quesadillas

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Guest Blog Post (by Kathleen,one of my best friends from MIT)
Title: A Weekend in Shelter Island OR an Insider’s Guide to a StylishCuisine Dinner Party

I just finished a rather last-minute, hastily-arranged visit to my friend, Diane’s house on Shelter Island. After surviving 6 ferry-rides, 3 dead deer on the side of the road, [...]

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Vegetable Summer Rolls

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This is another one of my favorite recipes of the summer.     The flavors explode in your mouth when you take a bite.   There is really nothing better than the combination of fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden. These rolls a little time consuming to make because you have to prepare a lot [...]

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Pea Pesto Crostini

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I was looking for something to serve to our weekend guests prior to dinner and this was just the ticket.    It’s called pea pesto, but it’s much thicker than any pesto I’ve ever tried, but it was perfect for spreading on crostini.    I could have made these my entire dinner – they were really tasty, [...]

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Crisp Flatbread with Honey, Thyme and Sea Salt

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Found another great recipe on smittenkitchen.com. I know that I’ve said this before, but Smitten Kitchen is a great blog if you’re not familiar with it.

Made a batch of these for our friends from Atlanta and they were a big hit. The kids really enjoyed them as well. [...]

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Roasted Eggplant Spread

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I had an eggplant from the CSA that needed to be used.   I didn’t get enough eggplant to make an eggplant parmagiana, so this recipe was perfect.    We had some friends visiting us from Atlanta this past week and I served this as an hors d’oeuvre before dinner the other night.    We gobbled it [...]

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

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I have been very curious about making cheese for some time now.   I heard it was easy to make, but I never had the cheesecloth to make it.   I just purchased some from Amazon.   It cost twice as much as other cheesecloth on the site, but according to the reviews, I needed a very fine [...]

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Potato Torta

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This torta has only a few ingredients, but sometimes the most delicious dishes are the most simple. This is very similar to a Spanish Omelet which is a very common appetizer served in Spain at bars and cafes. This is delicious served either warm or cold and you can eat it [...]

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Jerk Shrimp Mini Pies

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What a treat these little pies are!   We had them for dinner on Sunday night and I wish I had made more.  I do have some extra shrimp in the freezer, so I’ll definitely make these again soon.   The insides have such a great combination of flavors – bacon, shrimp, fresh tomatoes, scallions and lime [...]

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Avocado Fries

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I tore this recipe out of Coastal Living magazine recently and made it the other night. Wow! If you love avocados and french fries as I do, this is the recipe for you. My husband and I gobbled these fries up. I was really hoping [...]

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Alsatian Pizza

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Occasionally on Fridays we have ‘Make Your Own Pizza Night’.   The boys love it.    I either make the pizza dough, or I buy it at Trader Joe’s.   Their pizza dough is actually delicious.    Each of my four boys gets to make his own pizza.  I divide a pound of dough into four pieces, I roll [...]

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