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Makes 9

  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup mixed fresh berries, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. 
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease a muffin pan.  Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until pale, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add the eggs and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add 2 tbsp cream, the vanilla and the salt and mix until combined, scraping as necessary.  Beat in the flour until incorporated.  Using a spatula, gently stir in the berries. 
  2. Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, about three-quarters full.  Top each cake with a few berries and sprinkle the remaining 1 tbsp granulated sugar over the cakes.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs, 30-35 minuts.  Let cool in the pan, then run a knife around the edges and remove. 
  3. In a small bowl, whip the remaining 1 cup cream with the confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon until soft peaks form.  Serve with the cakes.

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Makes 4 side-dish servings

  • 1 8-ounce can pineapple chunks (juice pack), drained
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup light dairy sour cream
  • 1 11-ounce can mandarin orange sections, drained
  • 1 tablespoon coconut, toasted
  1. In a medium bowl stir together pineapple chunks, miniature marshmallows, and light dairy sour cream. Gently fold in mandarin orange sections.
  2. Cover and chill the salad for 2 to 24 hours. Before serving, sprinkle with the coconut.

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Makes 4 servings

  • 4 boneless beef top loin steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 1-1/2 to 2 pounds total)
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium nectarine, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh applemint, pineapplemint, or spearmint
  • Fresh applemint, pineapplemint, or spearmint (optional)
  1. Trim fat from steaks. With the point of a paring knife, make small slits in steaks. Insert half of the garlic into slits. Wrap steaks in plastic wrap; let stand at room temperature up to 20 minutes. (For more intense flavor, refrigerate up to 8 hours.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, for relish, in a large nonstick skillet cook onions and remaining garlic in hot oil over medium heat about 10 minutes or until onions are a deep golden color (but not brown), stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar and honey. Stir in nectarine and the 2 teaspoons mint; heat through.
  3. Grill steaks on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium heat to desired doneness, turning once. (Allow 8 to 12 minutes for medium-rare and 12 to 15 minutes for medium doneness.) Serve the relish with steaks. If desired, garnish with additional mint.

Make-Ahead Tip: Up to 8 hours ahead insert garlic slices into meat. Wrap and refrigerate.

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Makes 2 servings

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons frozen (thawed) pineapple juice concentrate
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 oz each)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 slices (1/2 inch thick) fresh pineapple, rind removed
  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, mix mustard and juice concentrate; reserve 2 tablespoons. Into remaining mixture, stir garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. When grill is heated, rub chicken breast halves with oil. Place chicken on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill over medium coals; cover grill. Cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add pineapple to grill; brush with rosemary mixture. Turn chicken; brush with rosemary mixture. Cover grill; cook 6 to 8 minutes longer, brushing chicken occasionally with rosemary mixture and turning chicken and pineapple once, until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear. Discard any remaining rosemary mixture.
  4. Place chicken on serving plates. Spoon reserved 2 tablespoons mustard mixture over chicken. Halve or quarter pineapple slices; serve with chicken.

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Makes 6 servings

  • 1 small (2 1/2 lb) golden sweet pineapple, crown and rind removed, “eyes” cut out
  • 6 seedless clementine oranges, peeled, separated into segments
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut into slices
  • 3/4 cup dried unsweetened coconut chips or shavings
  • vanilla yogurt or sweetened sour cream
  • fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
  1. Quarter pineapple lengthwise; remove core.  Cut crosswise into small chunks.  Place in large serving bowl.  Add clementine segments, strawberries, kiwifruit, and coconut; gently toss. 
  2. Spoon into dessert glasses.  Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt or sweetened sour cream.  Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

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Makes 4 servings

  • 8 ears corn
  • 4 fresh limes, quartered
  • Garlic butter, recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup grated cotija cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish
  1. Preheat grill to medium. Peel back the husks of the corn without removing them. Remove the silks and recover the corn with the husk. Soak in large bowl of cold water for 30 minutes. Remove corn from water and shake off excess. Place the corn on the grill, close the cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Unwrap corn and brush with the garlic butter. Sprinkle with the cotija cheese and squeeze with lime. Sprinkle with chopped chives, to garnish.

Garlic Butter:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 habanero pepper, seeded
  • 1/4 bunch fresh chives
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Combine butter, garlic, habanero, and chives in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to use.

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Makes 12 servings

Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnut oil


  • 1 1/2 cups shelled walnuts
  • 2 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (4 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 head radicchio (6 oz), coarsely shredded
  1. Dressing: In small bowl, whisk all ingredients except oil until mixed.  Gradually add oil, whisking until dressing is emulsified. 
  2. Salad: Heat oven to 350°F.  toast walnuts on baking sheet 10 minutes or until fragrant; cool.  In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook green beans and cauliflower together, 5-7 minutes, stirring once or twice, until crisp-tender.  Drain in colander; rinse under cold running water until cool; drain again.  Pat dry with paper towel; transfer to a bowl. 
  3. Add remaining salad ingredients and toasted walnuts.  Re-whisk dressing a pour over salad; toss gently to coat.  Transfer to a salad bowl.  Serve at room temperature. 

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