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Pimento Cheese With Peppadew

Like any good Southerner I love pimento cheese. The tangy blend of sharp cheddar, mayo and pimentos adds flare to just about anything from a saltine to a burger. Chef Regina Charboneau puts her stamp on this classic by using Peppadew peppers, cream cheese and spices. Peppadews are pickled peppers that you can find at gourmet shops and groceries.

Grilled Nectarines with Bleu Cheese and Honey

NectarinesIt’s not often that during a fine-dining experience, you overhear the shout of “Play ball!” and then the cheer of a large crowd, but that’s just the way it is at Ump’s Pump and Grill located inside Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock. AR. Ump’s Chef Ben Brainard, shared a summertime menu item that is especially popular – grilled nectarines with blue cheese and honey.

This appetizer can be made on the grill or in the kitchen. The key is fresh nectarines. In season nectarines are naturally sweet and don’t need much preparation. This recipe just makes them a little bit tastier.

Eggplant Tapenade

Don’t you just love vegetables that are exuberant? I’m talking about those that produce, and produce, and produce in the garden. Tomatoes! Zucchini! Eggplant, so much eggplant! One of my favorite recipes for using all that eggplant is this easy tapenade.

Tomato and Pepper Salsa

I tend to plant more tomatoes than I will ever need and by late summer there is such an over abundance of homegrown tomatoes that I’m searching for ways to use them all. This is why I was so thankful when Chef Mike Selig gave me this salsa recipe. I make a batch every week from late summer through early fall. Not only is it good for all the extra tomatoes, but it also helps me use up all the excess bell peppers and jalapenos, too!

Cream Cheese Vegetable Spread

I always get excited this time of year when the early spring vegetables like carrots, spinach, green onions and lettuce begin to appear at my local farmer’s market. Everything tastes so light and fresh. That’s one of the reasons this recipe for vegetable spread has been one of my favorites. It tastes great on crackers or as a sandwich spread and it will give you a chance to make the most of some of your early vegetables – all without cooking.

Grilled Tomato Salsa

GrilledMaterSalsaAs summer rolls on I’m enjoying a bumper crop of homegrown tomatoes. If you’ve been blessed with a similar bounty, here is a recipe for grilled salsa that is a nice twist on the traditional variety. What sets this salsa recipe apart is that the tomatoes, peppers and onions are grilled, which adds a rich, smoky flavor. This fresh salsa is one of my favorite summer treats.

Southern Caviar

I first tasted this delicious appetizer at a party catered by a long time friend. Everything she prepares is delicious, but this was especially wonderful. I found myself lingering by the buffet sampling this tasty dip all evening. After very little effort on my part she graciously agreed to give me the recipe, which is so simple I could write it all down on a cocktail napkin.

Basil Pesto

I love having plenty of basil on hand to use in a variety of recipes – especially pesto! Pesto is an Italian classic. It’s a simple paste made from basil leaves and other tasty ingredients. I like things that are full of flavor, simple and easy to make, and this is certainly one of them.