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Strawberry Crumble Muffins

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Strawberry Crumble Muffins

I recently got some strawberries in my CSA, and because I favor raspberries more for eating, I decided to use them for baking, and more specifically, for a batch of muffins to accompany a visit to a friend’s cottage.  I used a variation of my recipe for Partridgeberry Crumble Muffins for these, and they ended up very tasty, with a lovely crunchy topping.  Next time I might also mix in a little rhubarb too.

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Spiced Pomegranate and Molasses Glazed Shrimp

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Middle Eastern flavors come together in this warmly spiced and sweet glazed shrimp dish that is perfect for BBQ season.  Serve them up as an appetizer for the main event, have them with salad, or showcase them along side a platter of grilled vegetables and halloumi cheese, as I did.

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Grilled Nectarine and Goat Cheese Salad with Molasses Chipotle Dressing

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This new summer salad balances sweet and heat with a little smokiness thrown in for good measure.  Juicy sweet nectarines are lightly grilled and along with creamy goat cheese, top a mixed green salad that is finished with a bright and spicy molasses chipotle dressing.

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Frozen Mocha Molasses Crunch Cake

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This delicious frozen cake combines coffee ice cream, chocolate and a crunchy molasses pecan brittle for a dessert that is out of this world.  It’s equally at home as the finale of a special dinner on a hot summer evening, or kept in the freezer at the cottage to cut and come back for more as you please.  Best of all, this sweet summer dessert requires absolutely ZERO oven or stove top time and can be made ahead of time so you can be as cool as a cucumber when your guests arrive.  What’s not to love?

There is a little prep to this recipe and time needs to be allowed for layers to set up but it is otherwise very simple.  Do a layer, go run an errand or just put your feet up on the patio for a while and then return for the next step.  I promise it is worth the time.

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Cherry Lemonade (cocktail)

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Cherry Lemonade

Look!  We’re finally getting summer! (shhh, don’t scare it away 🙂 )

A few weeks ago (on a rainier day), I visited Winegarden Estates to check out any new offerings, and while there, picked up a bottle of their cherry liqueur that I hadn’t had before.  This is a great place to check out btw, especially if you are able to join in on the yearly wine festival, as I have a few times. There are great spirits and wines to sample and purchase, only some of which can be purchased in NB Liquor stores throughout the year.

Anyway, my thoughts went to using the cherry liqueur in a lemonade based beverage that just seemed like summer to me.  I enjoyed one after some hard work mowing my lawn 🙂

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