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  • Stir It Up! Miso chive butter

    The fifth taste sensation, umami, with its 'pleasant savory taste' comes through perfectly in this delicious butter. It pairs well with steak, as it is in this recipe, but can complement any dish in need of some nuanced flavor.

  • Stir It Up! Farmers' market vegetable tart

    Using local ingredients gives this tart a homegrown feel, especially with the many vegetable and cheese options available from summer farmers' markets. The Parmesan and thyme in the crust are the perfect complement to the fresh flavors of the vegetables. 

  • Stir It Up! Russian blueberry pancakes

    Russian blueberry pancakes made with kefir add a tangy taste to the batter similar to buttermilk pancakes.

  • Stir It Up! Salmorejo: chilled Spanish tomato soup

    This recipe includes soaking the ingredients which mellows the soup, cutting the bite of the onions and garlic and softening the tomato skins. The soaked bread is a simple thickener often found in Mediterranean dishes.

  • Stir It Up! Light peach cobbler

    One crust and using less sugar make this traditional dessert lighter and showcases the fresh taste of peaches instead of the pastry.

  • Stir It Up! The simple pleasure of a summer salad

    A refreshing summer lunch is just minutes away. Rip up some lettuce, chop a few veggies, and top with quality cheese and oil and vinegar, no recipe or instructions are needed for this garden salad. 

  • Stir It Up! Portugese egg tarts (pasteis de nata)

    Convents and monasteries in 19th-century Portugal used large quantities of egg whites for starching nuns’ habits and monks’ cassocks and the leftover egg yolks were turned into cakes and pastries, such as Lisbon's world famous pastéis de natas.

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August 20, 2014

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A giant inflatable rubber duck floats past the USS Iowa battleship at the Port of Los Angeles. The world-famous sculpture sailed into the port for the first time to kick off the Tall Ships Festival LA and will remain in the harbor. The duck was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and at 61 feet high, 110 feet long 85 f...

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  • Stir It Up! Salmorejo: chilled Spanish tomato soup

    This recipe includes soaking the ingredients which mellows the soup, cutting the bite of the onions and garlic and softening the tomato skins. The soaked bread is a simple thickener often found in Mediterranean dishes.

  • Stir It Up! Salted dark chocolate cookies with ginger and coconut

    This recipe takes the basic chocolate chip cookie to a whole new level of decadence with dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and ginger. Flaked salt gives a hint of savor to what is sure to be a new cookie classic.

  • Stir It Up! Zucchini hummus

    This delicious (and healthy) version of hummus turns zucchini, the ubiquitous summer vegetable, into a great spread for crackers or crisps. The red onion, olive oil, and mixture of spices gives the fresh zucchini a nuanced flavor.

  • Stir It Up! Indonesian-style chicken-mushroom noodles

    This delicious noodle dish features chicken and mushrooms in this rendition of an Indonesian classic. With an array of spices and condiments including onions, garlic, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and even homemade chicken oil, the combination of flavors makes this a meal to savor.

  • Stir It Up! Thai-style fried egg (kai dao)

    Thai fried eggs are made crispy around the edges from the hot fry oil, but can stay as runny as you like in the center. Great for breakfast or lunch, as an add-on or on their own, these eggs are a quick and easy go-to meal.

  • Stir It Up! Wineberry lemon balm sorbet

    Wild wineberries, a cousin to the raspberry, provide a delicious base for this fruity sorbet. The lemon balm simple syrup gives it citrusy twist, making it a fresh summer dessert.

  • Stir It Up! Coconut oil lemon bars

    Homemade lemon curd is a solid start to any recipe, and these lemon bars are no exception. The use of coconut oil instead of butter in the crust, which is also spread lightly on top of the bars, gives an extra hint of flavor to every crumbly bite.

  • Stir It Up! How to make one simple jar of jam

    Making large batches of jam is a serious time commitment. A one-jar batch still provides enough fruity flavor, and this recipe gives a new use to extra fruit going soft. Sweet apricots and a bit of sugar are the simple ingredients behind this summery spread.

  • Stir It Up! Refreshing cucumber salad

    If you are stuck with more cucumbers in your garden than you know what to do with, mix some up with rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds, and cilantro for an Asian-inspired cucumber salad.

  • Stir It Up! Quick sauteed zucchini and mushrooms

    A mix of zucchini and mushrooms with the perfect blend of spices thrown in for a quick sauté makes for a delicious summer side dish. With garlic, olive oil, oregano, and a dash of Parmesan cheese for a finish, eating your veggies has never been so savory.

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