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Cucumber Cooler



This is an amazingly refreshing cocktail/mocktail to kick off the Summer! Flavored with Cecil & Merl's delicious cucumber bitters and topped with fresh lime juice and spicy ginger beer, it is as thirst-quenching as it is delectable. The recipe below is for one drink but you may just want to make up a pitcher for your Memorial Day celebration.

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Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Almonds



I've always loved the combination of sweet and savory and this tagine adapted from Claudia Roden's spectacular book Arabesque is, for me, the perfect blend of flavors.

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Asparagus alla Parmigiana



Planning this post for Mother's Day reminded me of a story she used to tell me. In the spring of 1970, she visited her favorite restaurant in London, the famed but no longer existent Grill at The Connaught hotel. The Maitre D’, also an Italian, let her know that they had just got in the first asparagus of the season and she asked if the chef would do them ‘alla Parmigiana’. Being a regular and heavily pregnant with my brother, the chef agreed to accommodate her unusual request.

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Malaysian Chicken Satay



The chicken in this recipe is incredibly tender from the coconut milk and packed with rich flavor from Spice Tree Organics' new Malaysian Curry blend and The Saucey Sauce Company's fish sauce.

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Peach Rooibos Fizz



Master tea blender and founder of Tay Tea, Nini Ordoubadi, makes this thirst quenching “mocktail” with one of my favorite of her many exquisite blended teas, Kaapstad. Named after the Africaans name for Capetown, it is made with vanilla rooibos, ginger, almond and marigold petals.

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