Uncategorized · Vegetarian

Grape Mint Tomato Salad From Ally’s Kitchen

Grape Mint Tomato Salad 1 - The Duo Dishes

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I’ve mentioned Ally Phillips’ (the woman behind Ally’s Kitchen) name a few times on the blog, and it’s all thanks to our meeting at last year’s Dole Blogger Summit. We then spent time together filming her Dole Foods cooking video series, and finally there was that little Dole Cook-Off. I’ve seen her in action in the kitchen, and I’ve also tasted a few of her dishes. She’s a woman who knows how to throw down. Ally spent several months working on her first cookbook and invited several bloggers to receive a sneak peek copy. I’ve been flipping through mine for a couple of weeks now, and today, I’m going to share a winning summer salad from her cookbook. Continue reading “Grape Mint Tomato Salad From Ally’s Kitchen”

Starters · Uncategorized

Breaking It In

Mint Pea Hummus-The Duo Dishes

The relationship between a home cook and his or her food processor is sacred. That is why it was a day of mourning when my merely 6 month-old food processor suddenly bit the dust not too long ago. What caused it to stop working one day without warning? Guess we’ll never know why these things happen. Thankfully, though, a new and improved food processor recently entered the picture, and this one even doubles as a blender! Chrystal recently received a new food processor too, and we’ve both been blending up soups, spreads, dips and more. Here’s a fun, Spring green recipe that works perfectly for anyone who wants to initiate a new kitchen tool.
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Uncategorized · Vegetarian

Always Pleasantly Surprised

Bunny's Carrots & Snaps-The Duo Dishes

Dishes that are fast and easy to put on the table are so exciting. You can pull them together in a pinch, and sometimes with very few ingredients. Exciting! Whenever a new cookbook comes this way, one of the first things that comes to mind is ‘What’s the easiest thing to make out of here?’ Isn’t that what a lot of people think? Maybe not. Maybe you guys are looking for the hardest thing to recreate. If you can do it without crying, that’s a sure sign of a comprehensive and easy to understand manual. Well, good for you! We want the easy ones, especially easy ones that shock you with tasty simplicity. Here’s one that you will definitely enjoy.

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Drinks · Uncategorized

Gadgets Make Kitchen Play Fun

Nectarine Bourbon Cocktail 1

Lucky us to have the opportunity to participate in the September launch of Kitchen Play. Casey of Tastestopping recently announced one of her new projects to bridge the gap between food bloggers and PR companies. The first part of her campaign is the Progressive Party, and she has teamed up with Sur La Table who provided her, and thereby us, with the goods. Each month and every month, six different food bloggers will receive a new kitchen tool–this month from Sur La Table–and go about creating an original recipe. It was an honor to be included in the initial blogger list, and without a doubt, brainstorming a feature would take mental strength. Casey assigned us the cocktail/beverage course, which would be quite interesting depending on what tool arrived. Continue reading “Gadgets Make Kitchen Play Fun”

Uncategorized · Vegetarian

Swap Out Your Salad

If you’re the kind of person who equates salad with lettuce and only lettuce, then today’s recipe will be a lovely change of pace for you. If you are the kind of person who adores couscous, then today’s recipe will be one that you must make now. Don’t waste another second. Two friends hosted a Moroccan-themed dinner party, and the side dish requirement needed to be filled. Couscous is a versatile, quick grain that you can make in less than 5 minutes and dress up however you like. Plus, it’s good for you! You can’t go wrong with this one. That’s why you can’t go wrong with this salad.

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Beef · Bevvies · Cakes, Pies and Tarts · Chicken and Poultry · Dips, Dressings and Sauces · Main Dishes · Salads · Side Dishes · Sweet Treats · Vegetarian · Veggies

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Creativitea on the Grill

tea-Duo Dishes

We’re a tad frazzled with this month’s 24, 24, 24, but we hope our vision comes together for you in the end!  When Foodbuzz sent out a call for entries, we submitted our proposal just a couple of hours later.  The idea was buzzing in our heads, and we knew it’d be so fun to complete.  Unfortunately, we weren’t chosen.  Boo.  But one week later, we received word of a last minute cancellation, which meant there was room for us to squeeze in.  Yay!  We really love hosting these types of events for our friends, so needless to say, this was a great way to roll into the upcoming weekend.  And then it hit us!  We had a lot of planning to do–planning that we clearly had not been prepared to do.  So we went back to square one and started to re-brainstorm from where we’d left off following the proposal.  From there, it was nothing but a blast!

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Cookies and Bars · Sweet Treats

It’s Just the Litttle Things

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies-Duo Dishes
Toffee Peanut Butter Apple Cookies
Mint Pistachio Cookies-Duo Dishes
Chocolate Mint Pistachio Cookies
Sweet & Spicy Snickerdoodles 2-Duo Dishes
Sweet & Spicy Snickerdoodles
Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies-Duo Dishes
Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

We know you have a signature dish that makes everybody go crazy.  Or you make something following the usual recipe, and the one day you do something different–add your own touch, if you will–people are asking what you did that time around.  There are so many ways to give food your own zap.  We all do it.  That’s why only Grandma So-and-So can make the potato salad at the family reunion picnic.

At Thanksgiving, no one takes the yams from Uncle Whoever.  He’s the only one that makes them just right.  If you want to avoid the wrath of greedy family members, please don’t give the Easter ham to anybody except Cousin What’s-Her-Name.  Only she knows what she’s doing. You know what we’re talking about.

What are they doing to make those dishes so good?

Well, that’s their secret to the grave.  You’ll probably never find out, and maybe that’s OK.  If we had the in’s and out’s of everyone’s recipes, they wouldn’t be unique anymore.  Maybe the best part of eating that signature dish is knowing that you’ll never have a clue what’s in it.  The mystery makes each bite so good.

Honey Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies-Duo Dishes
Honey Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

We test drove some cookies, making a couple of interesting decisions along the way.  A little of this, a bit of that.  Making sure to incorporate distinct and noteworthy aspects to each recipe.  We’re still experimenting, but we think we’re onto something.  Don’t hate us for being vague. We just wanted to show you a few of the things we’ve been working on for a special project, but we do have to keep our DD touch secret for now! And we won’t hate it if you do the same.

What are some of your best dishes?