Campechana

I had a favorite menu item at our local country club’s restaurant that sadly disappeared when the chef moved on. It was campechana – a combination of shrimp and avocados in a zesty tomato sauce, served chilled with tortilla chips. Never did I realize it was an actual “thing” until I googled it. Turns out,

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Chicken Shawarma

After eyeing a beautiful, drool-worthy photo of lamb shawarma on a blog one day, shown below, I so wanted to make it, except for the fact that my husband won’t eat lamb. So I searched the same blog, Recipe Tin Eats, for chicken shawarma and found a recipe I knew we’d both love. It is

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Mediterranean Layered Dip

A while back my friend had a happy hour at her house, and she served a Mediterranean-inspired dip. She’s a funny person, my friend. She claims to hate cooking, but she always serves the best and prettiest food, and even offers signature cocktails. She’s also an expert at entertaining – to the point that once

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Panzanella

Got stale bread? Make panzanella! Panzanella is an Italian salad made with stale, or at the very least, leftover bread, and you wouldn’t believe how wonderful it is. I’m sure its origins are peasant-based, because the peasant approach to making meals is all about using everything available to you, without any waste. And that means

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Pineapple Gazpacho

The first and only time I’ve had pineapple gazpacho was in St. Lucia in the Caribbean. It was the first course of a five-course meal provided by the chef of the hotel, as part of our farm to table adventure, part one and part two. The whole meal was stunning, but the gazpacho was especially

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