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tree nut cheese, caramelized grape & pecan crostini

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 22, 2018  |  2 Comments
One of my first original food creations that I was so proud to show off as a kid was potato chip and bologna canapés. Yes, that’s little rounds of bologna on top of potato chips. As much as I’d like to say that the recipe stood the test of time, it’s definitely not part of my recipe repertoire anymore. But I still love making canapés. I created this plant-based, party-ready version one day out of edible odds and ends I had on hand … and it’s now one of my favorites. I prefer to call them crostini rather than canapés since it seems friendlier. I think my younger self would give this two thumbs up. Hope you enjoy its just-right...
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grilled fig salsa with whipped avocado & baked tortilla crisps

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 21, 2018  |  6 Comments
I get so excited in August since I know football season (Go Buckeyes!) is getting underway. That also means it is time for sporty new snacks. Here’s my latest … basically a delicious upgrade to traditional chips, salsa, and guacamole. The chips are extra crisp. The salsa is rather figgy. And the avocado dip is velvety smooth. Enjoy them all together. Game on! Note: The Recipe Redux theme for this month is “Crunchy Snacks.”
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peach caprese grilled cheese sandwich

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 22, 2018  |  5 Comments
I’m finally giving away my “secret” favorite sandwich of the summer. This is it! It’s basically like a mash-up of a grilled cheese sandwich and a caprese salad with a fruity twist. I use a grilled peach instead of a fresh tomato here for that twist. The result is sweet, salty, smoky … and, of course, cheesy. And my tastebuds will tell you (if they could actually speak!) that it’s a must-try. For best results before grilling, make sure your peach is ripe (do this at room temp, not the fridge). You’ll halve it and grill just the cut surfaces until rich grill marks form; it may get too mushy if you try to grill both sides. Use a fresh...
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almond lover’s asian-style noodle salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 4, 2018  |  0 Comments
I’m such a big fan of noodles. Not sure if it’s because they’re so satisfying or because they’re so fun to eat. Maybe it’s both! But either way, one of my favorite ways to slurp down noodles is along with Asian flavors. This is my almond-inspired take on cold peanut noodles. It has almonds in two ways; almond butter is whisked into the sauce for creaminess and toasted sliced almonds are sprinkled on top for bonus crunch. Combined, the nutty addition gives this bowl of love a punch of protein, vitamin E, and deliciousness! It also has lots of veggies to make it extra nutritious. By the way, this noodle salad is vegan, so enjoy it for Meatless Monday (and...
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breakfast egg sandwich with sage flowers

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 21, 2018  |  2 Comments
I “crave” a hearty breakfast sandwich probably about once a week. How ‘bout you? Though, I never seem to make the same exact sandwich twice since I like to keep it highly seasonal and use whatever ingredients I have on hand. But there are a few things that are consistent … my breakfast sandwich always includes an organic egg (sometimes two!), lots of veggies, and plenty of flavor. It’s basically a loose inspiration of a fast food breakfast sandwich, but you’ll never find preservative-laden sausage or Canadian bacon or overly-processed American cheese on mine … and they’re not missed!   This version includes sage flowers, which kinda provide a sausage-like flavor essence. Though do top it with whatever edible flowers...
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