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Fried Green Tomato Parmesan

The deed is done. I have picked all the tomatoes, uprooted the plants and put the garden to bed. Green tomatoes outnumber the red, but who's counting. I'd like to think the tomatoes didn't want to go any more than I wanted to remove them. I...

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Moroccan-Inspired Nectarine and Plum Chicken

I wish you could reproduce this recipe exactly as I made it. But you can't. Unless you mess up your preserves like I did. A few weeks ago, I attempted a homemade mixed-fruit ketchup. But I was so busy "multitasking" I missed the small but crucial...

Roasted Tomato and Sage Soup - The Messy Baker
Roasted Tomato Soup with Sage

This blog has ruined me. Forever. Just this week I realized what my family has been accusing me of for years is actually true. I am a food snob. Not the Beluga-Caviar-or-Bust kind of food snob, but a food snob nonetheless. The facts are indisputable. I am...

Gazpacho Soup - TheMessyBaker.com
Gazpacho Soup

You'll be happy to know all is forgiven. Seems I'm not the only one to have forgotten my sister's birthday. She read my blog post and called to say I had been keeping very good company in my neglect. Turns out one of her best...

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Peach and Black Bean Salsa

The subtitle of this post could be Variations on a Theme. Brahms did it with classical music, William Carlos Williams did it with poetry and I'm doing it with salsa. And peaches. And more homegrown tomatoes. Now, I'm not claiming to be in the same league as the...

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Fresh Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinegar

I can't believe I didn't think of half the tomato dishes people suggested yesterday, especially since Summer Fest ended with tomatoes. Given my mental lapse, I'm quite surprised how polite you all were with your suggestions. Not one of you put "Doh!" in your answer...

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Mocha Ice Cream

This is the dessert that helped salvage last week's birthday fiasco. It's rich, it's mocha-y, it's almost like a truffle. It can stand on its own as a decadent treat, or elevate a mediocre cake to the realm of greatness — providing you like the...

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Peach Salsa

Birthdays are rather fluid events in my family. We like to celebrate en masse but conflicting schedules often mean we delay festivities until everyone's available. The April birthdays often pile up until they tumble headlong into Easter. September dates have been known to get inched...

Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Salted Caramel Ice Cream

This is the long-awaited salted caramel ice cream post. Asked for by Cheryl of 5 Second Rule, with a recipe provided by Cheryl the Backseat Gourmet and tweaked by yours truly. I know I ranted about caramel in the past. I was critical of undiscerning food...

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Peach Melba Clafoutis

Stop me before I buy again. I've gobbled so many Garnet Beauties lately, I swear my cheeks are sprouting fuzz. When the cat stopped napping in the fruit bowl, I took this as a sign to keep it (the bowl, not the cat) brimming with peaches....

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