Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

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Romulo Yanes for Bon Apetit

Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

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Quickly grilling kale makes it crispy. Pairing it with fresh plums and ricotta transforms it into our new favorite salad.


4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon honey

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

4 medium plums, halved, pitted, and thinly sliced

12 large or 16 small curly kale leaves

¾ cup fresh ricotta


Whisk 3 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, thyme, and honey in a medium bowl. Season vinaigrette to . . . → Read More: Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

A Memorable 4th of July Menu

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Everything Coastal

This week, everyone’s mind is on Saturday’s 4th of July celebrations. Our national holiday, the 4th of July, or more properly referred to as Independence Day, features a color scheme of red, white, and blue for everything from attire to house decorations and table settings to food.

Whimsically Detailed

Nearly everyone attends a party or picnic where staples like hamburgers and hot dogs are universal favorites. However, with a few new recipes you can make your picnic stand out from the crowd.

Here are my selections for the 4th of July 2015:

First, let’s start . . . → Read More: A Memorable 4th of July Menu

Cooking Outside

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When I was growing up, my parents had a very basic charcoal grill. And, although it had a rotisserie which my mother used what seemed like every Sunday to make her delicious rotisserie chicken, its use beyond that was rather limited to hot dogs, hamburgers, and the occasional steak.


Bon Appetit

Today, grill options seem endless—and growing. In grills, you have a choice of charcoal, gas, or electric. Beyond that, you can outfit your deck or patio with devices to cook your food in other ways, as well: smokers, fryers, and, of course, for . . . → Read More: Cooking Outside

Outdoorlicious! Weekend with Grilled Tandoori Chicken

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“The bird is the word” is the theme of this weekend’s Food Network programming. I’m hoping to catch some new grilling recipes for chicken. There are so many great ways to prepare chicken on the grill that I never tire of yardbird, as my husband calls it. (Having never seen a chicken in my yard, I am more inclined to think of a yardbird as a robin, finch or wren. But, hey, he did grow up in the farmlands of middle America, so there’s no telling what he may have seen in his yard).

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Outdoor Firepit Keepin’ it Warm and Toasty

Warm, sunny days and cool evenings are perfect for outdoor living. Pool weather may have ended for this year, but there is still lots of time to enjoy life outside. This time of year a heat source is a great addition to your outdoor room, both for warmth and ambience. Whether incorporating a permanent fireplace of stone, brick or other masonry construction, or a portable firepit, you can extend the use of your patio or porch and get the most out of your investment.

Everyone loves sitting around a fire and the added ability to cook on it . . . → Read More: Outdoor Firepit Keepin’ it Warm and Toasty