• Main Courses
  • Apple Fennel Salad


    You may be sick of seeing salads on The Ruby Spoon as I recently posted 6 salads for ‘Salad Week’, but this was too good not to share. Also, it is hot and sunny outside, and after surviving Midwestern Winter, salads seem like the perfect “I Made It” food and a good transition into summer […]

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  • Appetizers
  • Watermelon Mango Salsa


    If you want to make a tortilla chip, a fillet of grilled fish, not to mention your mouth happy, you really should make this fruity salsa. It is a beautiful medley of colors, flavors and textures. I recently tripled the recipe for someone’s party and I heard it was a big hit. I made a small batch […]

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  • Drinks
  • Sangria Flora


    This is one of the best sangrias I’ve tried yet. I am a sucker for pretty much any drink that includes elderflower liqueur, and the sweet, floral flavors of St-Germain pair perfectly with this fruity sangria. I made the recipe using the full 1 1/2 cups of St-Germain, but I think I will back that […]

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  • Gift Guide
  • Father’s Day Gift Guide

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      Dory Designs Handmade Waxed Canvas Dopp Kit. Personalize with initials for a special touch. Italian Stag Handled Folding Knife from Kaufman Mercantile. (I love this website. Everything they carry is meant to last a lifetime.) The Real Dill pickles. Try Jalapeno Honey Dills or Caraway Garlic. Anything from Intelligentsia Coffee. You can’t get a bad […]

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  • Main Courses
  • Spicy Mac


    I have probably mentioned it before, but mac & cheese and risotto are my absolute favorite comfort foods. A well executed mac recipe will put me right in my happy place. The Mac + Cheese Cookbook has a place of honor in my cookbook rotation. I mean, a cookbook full of mac & cheese recipes? Yes please. […]

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  • Desserts
  • Chocolate Coffee Toffee Chex™ Mix


    My childhood best friend’s mother made the best snack I have probably ever eaten. Puppy Chow. Depending on where you live you might call it Reindeer Food or Muddy Buddies. I suppose the name comes from the idea that it resembles dog food kibbles, but that’s as far as the comparisons go. It’s an extremely […]

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