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Jamie Balesteri
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Zucchini and Clams
Those who know me well enough know that I don’t usually conform to socially accepted norms or “conventional” methods of accomplishing goals.  Even the word “conventional” has come to mean many different things to me, most often with a negative connotation. ...
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Roasted Butternut Squash and Leek Soup
Well, it has been two whole years since starting my blog, and although there hasn't been much blogging lately, I knew I had to take some time to write about today for several reasons. First of all, there is the reason already mentioned: Primal Pickings is t...
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Spicy Chorizo and Vegetable Chili
Doesn't that bowl of chili just look delicious? ...No no, I'm not bragging.  I'm just trying to point out the effectiveness of a few techniques derived from a method the professionals call "food styling."  Yep, food styling is an actual profession in which ...
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Maple Cinnamon Rigoatta (a.k.a. Goat Ricotta)
My apologies for such a long blogging hiatus, but the last few months of my life have been blessed with numerous opportunities that have kept me busy as a bee (which you will hear more about over the course of my next few posts).   Now, I know what you must...
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An Amazing Date …And Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Winter Squash Butter
A few nights ago, I dreamt that I had an amazing date… It was super sweet and chewy with hints of caramel, and it was almost the size of a tennis ball!  Oh wait, you thought I meant the other kind of date, didn't you?  No, sorry to disappoint you, but those...
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Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie with Cranberry Bacon Chutney
The current Thanksgiving tradition is certainly one to marvel at.  It is a feast of such variety, and so intricate that it is often prepared for days, or even weeks in advance!  Most appreciate the extensive preparation, because it is worth it to spend this...
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Mint Chocolate Chip "Ice Cream"
I am a firm believer in the saying, "You eat with your eyes first."  I remember when I was a kid, my mom once brought home some mint chocolate chip ice cream, but it was a different brand than I was used to, so it was white instead of green.  Now, mint choc...
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Crispy Okra Chips
"When Life gives you lemons,  make orange juice and leave Life  wondering  how  you did it."   -Anonymous About a month ago, I decided to sign up for my first CSA.  For those of you that are confused, CSA does NOT stand for "Customer Service Agent."  CSA (C...
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