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Whole Wheat Chocolate Avocado Scones

For months, my family’s Sunday morning routine involved homemade scones. Filled with blueberries or peaches, dotted with chocolate chips or crystalized ginger or spiced up with cinnamon and nutmeg, we always looked forward to a batch of fresh scones, warm from the oven. And, truth be told, the scones were so buttery, rich and sweet that I often served them up as dessert. Warm scones with...

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Avocado Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots

Sometimes even the best classic side dishes beg for a makeover. Mashed potatoes is one of those well-loved dishes that can cross over from the holiday table to an everyday dinner with very little effort. As good as the regular butter and milk (or cream!) version is, the beauty of the neutral flavor of mashed potatoes is that it can handle almost any mix-ins with the greatest of ease. Roasted...

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Father’s Day with Miles Between

I think back to Father’s Day when I was a kid and wonder how many ties and cufflinks are sitting in my dad’s closet. Of course, he always did his fatherly duty by exclaiming about how wonderful the tie was, then would dutifully wear it to work the next day, whether he truly liked it or not. If I had to do it all over again, I’d toss aside the ties and make him a full day’s...

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