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Asparagus-tomatoes Tart with Cheese

Puff pastry is one of my favorite ingredients to use. You can always come up with something original to cook, whether it's a dessert or something savory with cheese, vegetables or meat. From simple ingredients you'll have something very tasty, original and satisfying. This appetizer with asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes and cottage cheese my 12 year old son absolutely LOVED and...
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What’s in season. May.

Weather in May in the northern states is changing quickly. Gardens in normally cool climates suddenly appear out of nowhere and demand attention. But this year we still had snow on May 2! And it was the 6th largest one day snowfall in our history! We finally have sun and some nice weather to get outdoors and plant our seeds!...
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Grilled Chicken Wrapped with Leeks and Bacon

I like to grill chicken thighs because the meat is not very dry when it's ready, but with this recipe you can cook chicken breast too. Wrapped in bacon the chicken will not burn and the meat will stay moist, saturated with the flavor from the bacon. Juniper berries and leeks give an original flavor to the chicken....
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How to choose and store carrots

Very sweet and tasty carrots are sold in the fall or early winter. In the summer carrots have a sharp taste and in the spring carrots are smaller and have a milder flavor. Good carrots should be firm, without unnecessary growth and smooth. You need to dry unwashed carrots a little after harvesting and then keep in a refrigerator  produce...
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This is the Georgian national dish made from bread and cheese. There are a lot of variations of khachapuri - Imeretian, Adjarian, Abkhazian, Ossetian etc. They can be of different shapes also either round, puffed, or the classic which is in the form of a boat where the dough is formed into an open boat shape and topped with...
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Everyone thinks of carrots as being orange but there also are purple, white, yellow and red varieties. It gives a sweet flavor and can used raw or cooked with lots of vitamins making it one of the most versatile root vegetables around. Dark orange carrots have more vitamin A. Carrots contain a lot of vitamins: A, C, K; potassium; alpha- and...
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Here is my way version of baklava, one of my favorite sweet, rich pastry recipes. Baklava is usually served at room temperature, often garnished with ground nuts. After baking, baklava can stay for a few days, if, of course, you will not eat it faster :)...
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