Onion Ring Salad
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Onion Ring Salad

Onion Ring Salad
Maybe the problem is that we eat onion rings with burgers and steaks and other foods that aren’t heart-healthy, but how about some world-class onion rings presented on a bed of yogurt-based, lightly dressed mesclun salad? Isn’t that a main course to indulge in, guilt-free?Finding the balance between what you’ve always loved to eat, and what you think you should eat to be healthy is worth the effort. Because after all, food is more than sustenance, it’s one of the great pleasures of life.

Ginger Snaps for Global Warming
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Ginger Snaps for Global Warming

Ginger snaps are my favorite cookie, so as we swelter through this ‘worst-that-I can-remember-in-forty-years’ summer in Washington, I realize it might be time to start thinking about changing how we eat to accommodate these weather changes. I took my favorite ginger snap recipe and made several half batches, adding varying amounts of chili powder to find just the right amount of heat to get the body glowing and cooling off. I really like these; in fact they may be the first cookie meant to be paired with a beer.

Green Tomato Gratin
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Green Tomato Gratin

This beautiful recipe, adapted from the Malibu Farm cookbook, is a perfect brunch buffet dish. The green tomatoes provide an acidic counterpoint to the potatoes, and it’ll feel familiar to you, because tomatoes and cheese are gustatorial soulmates. It’s colorful and hearty and bursting with the flavors of late summer.

Pan-Fried Salmon with Pine Nuts
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Pan-Fried Salmon with Pine Nuts

Salmon is a heart-healthy fish and so we eat it a lot, but it’s easy to get in a rut of the same couple of recipes over and over again. So let’s start fresh: pan-fried instead of baked or broiled, pine nuts, capers and olives instead of mustard or dill sauce. Voila! A delectable main course that’s healthy and kinda elegant, considering that you just did it in about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Grilled Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes
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Grilled Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

You say you love to grill out? Here’s a ‘dessert on the grill’ recipe with panache. I love this cake because you can prep it, pack it up, and take it to a beach picnic, barbecue, or the park – any place that has a (clean) grill for the last-minute prep. It’s a summer novelty that can be eaten multiple ways, as a plain chocolate cupcake for purists, a lovely grilled and caramelized chocolate cupcake, or – as its highest and best self – a mouthwatering caramelized cupcake with serious vanilla ice cream melting on top.