Bruschetta with Shallots
Shallots are the special ingredient in this easy, filling bruschetta. The tomato mixture tastes best when prepared ahead of time and chilled for approximately 1 hour.
Potato Soup X
Here's an easy, thick potato soup. Potatoes are boiled with celery and onion and then reduced to a rich, creamy texture. I use one per cent milk, but any milk should work fine.
A chunky, creamy guacamole with just the right amount of zip! Grilled avocados add a smoky, caramelized taste.
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Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers
My own stuffed bell pepper recipe with a festive twist for Halloween.
Fresh Oregano and Blackberry Green Beans
This super-easy side dish utilizes the bounty of late summer and is the perfect companion to whatever you are grilling - in fact, the stove can be turned on while the meat is resting from the grill. The sweet acidity of the berries balances the entire meal, and the fresh oregano brings out the best of both the berries and the beans. It's a beautiful, unusual side dish that leaves guests, and even finicky family, raving.