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Can you believe it is already April? As the year marches on, so do our sources of inspiration in the kitchen, and on this first day, we cook for the April foolish. Do you have anyone in mind? I’m not going to name names, but if you’re having dinner here tonight then expect the unexpected….

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As luck would have it, today is Saint Patrick’s Day! Though I live in the US—to honor my Irish roots—I always look forward to a small salute to the Emerald Isle! Years past, I’ve opened the Guinness and made decadent Guinness Brownies, hearty Guinness Beef Stew, and when the Guinness was no longer, a nice twist…

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Thanksgiving weekend is drawing to a close, but the same isn’t true for my Ziplocks full of turkey-day leftovers. Apparently 200 lbs of cornbread stuffing was about 199 lbs too many—I may have miscalculated—but I can’t bear to toss any of the remaining goodness, not yet! It happens to be my favorite part of the…

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What is your favorite part of the day? For me it can vary, but dinner is usually involved somehow. A meal seems so inconsequential, but to create a dish and turn it into a social occasion—there’s nothing better this time of year. I feel summer meals should be fresh & light (but not light on…

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It’s official—it’s SUMMER! We should be in Hawaii; doesn’t that sound nice? Ahhh, I can see it now . . . a cold Mai Tai in my hand, lei around my neck, and some Hawaiian macaroni salad on my plate (very picturesque). Now macaroni salad may not epitomize tropical, but it sure does taste good….

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Thank you for visiting the dinnervine! In the words of Julia Child, "People who love to eat, are always the best people," and I couldn't agree more. I hope you enjoy these dishes as much as I did making them. Here's to creating new recipes and memories with friends & family, cheers! 

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