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  • Chile Verde Stew
    Melissa's Produce

    Chile Verde Stew

    While Hatch peppers have a short summer season, they’re now available dried year-round so that you can indulge in their unique flavor any day of the week. This scrumptious stew features dried Hatch peppers, and it’s perfect for lunch, dinner...

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  • A Vegan Twist for Thanksgiving Dressing
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    A Vegan Twist for Thanksgiving Dressing

    November 2021
    When I told my husband I was developing a vegan Thanksgiving recipe for this month’s blog, he said, “why”? Fair question: since we have a Thanksgiving turkey each year, and we rarely eat vegan food. I had to think for a minute before I could explain the significance of my recipe selection.
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  • Image of Vegan Cherry Chili
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    Vegan Cherry Chili

    September 2021
    About ten years ago, I was asked to develop ten recipes using a delicious tart cherry that is often dried, the Montmorency cherry. My project was for ChooseCherries.com, which provides recipes and information about Montmorency tart cherries. 
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  • Image of Stir-Fried Prawns With Thai Vinaigrette, Baby Greens and Papaya
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    Easy Thai

    June 2021
    Exploring ethnic cuisine can be tricky, especially if it entails using unfamiliar ingredients. Thai cuisine is a perfect example because its complex flavors are, in part, attributable to components that are not a part of mainstream American pantries.

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  • Image of Yucatan Jicama Salad
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    Yucatan Time

    April 2021
    My husband and I took our first cruise together early last year, before the pandemic ended all travel plans. We chose to visit the Yucatan Peninsula, with stops in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. 

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  • Vegan Edamame Curry
    Melissa's Produce

    Curry Time

    January 2021
    As a chef and dietitian, I am always asked about healthy cooking tips, especially as they relate to weight loss. 
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  • Lemony Hatch Pepper Hummus
    Melissa's Produce

    Chickpeas

    October 2020
    The nutty-flavored chickpea, also known as the garbanzo bean, has a cosmopolitan history. 

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