Greek Chickpea Salad

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I first made this for a church extracurricular activity.*  I didn’t add the avocado because the salad was going to sit in a cooler for a few hours. Happily, it was a hit even without it. I added avocado to the leftovers at home, and yum, it was even better. Read more

Bay Scallops Gremolata

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Scallops, mild and succulent, are among my favorite seafoods, but they can be expensive. I jumped at the chance to buy a pound of frozen bay scallops at a great price. Read more

Skipper’s Linguine

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Joe and my father love this dish. And I like it, too (a la Irish Spring soap commercial). I guess for them it’s hard to go wrong with bacon, seafood and pasta. The recipe is from the ’80s cookbook Better Homes and Gardens’ Fish & Seafood. I’ve added my changes, which include using turkey bacon except on special occasions and cutting back on the butter. Read more

Blue Cheese Walnut Spread

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I like to have a cheese spread around when we entertain. They’re generally easy to whip up but look like more work than they are. That makes guests feel special (the way guests should feel). I most recently served these at a church game night at our house (OK, it was a month ago, but “I’m a little behind,” as late co-worker Bill Bierman used to quip.) Read more