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Coconut Custard Jam (Kaya) W/ Homemade Honey Infused Bread Loaf

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There really isn’t anything much better than lazing around on a warm sunny Sunday summer afternoon (say that 10 times!), typing a blog post with the rich scent of fresh baked bread lingering in the air.

It seems right to celebrate Papa Day with something simple. Simple, but special. After all, Papa Day is really just a day to remind all of us how grateful we are for all those seemingly simple tasks that our dads do for us daily. Well… that, or it is a day created and promoted by Hallmark and other big corporations to sell cards and fatherly merchandise.

To quote a great man I know (my dad), “Everyday should be Fathers Day.” And so, it is in this spirit, that I spend this consumerism-sanctioned holiday by celebrating the simple. In food terms: simple Homemade Honey Infused Bread Loaf. Of course, me being me, I can’t resist…

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Breads on the Grill


Breads on the grill

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Five favorite spreads for easy party or picnic appetizers


Roasted red pepper and garlic hummus crostiniAppetizer spreads to smear on crackers or toast or slices of cucumber are a party host’s best friend. No matter the ingredients, most spreads taste better when made at least a few hours ahead, so the flavors can meld. The food processor or blender makes spreads quick and easy, and the guests do their own smearing a la minute. Here are five of my favorite spreads for easy party or picnic appetizers. Serve with toast, crackers or crudités — or with all three.

MuhammaraSome of my favorite spreads originate in the Mediterranean region. Roasted red pepper and garlic hummus (top photo), based on a traditional chickpea recipe, makes a wonderful topping for crostini or filling for pitas. Muhammara brings the lemony flavor of pomegranate together with roasted red peppers, walnuts and cashews.

Roasted eggplant spread with garlic, pepper and onions.

Roasted eggplant spread with garlic, pepper and onions, another spread inspired by Italian caponata, gets its smoky flavor from Spanish smoked paprika. Serve it with toasted pita chips, crackers or celery stalks.

Herbed cheese spreadEveryone loves boursin, the little boxes of herbed cheese you can buy in the supermarket. This homemade herbed cheese spread, made with lots of garlic and thyme from the garden, is positively addictive. Spread it on toast and top with a fresh tomato, or layer it with sliced beef and arugula in grilled panini. You can make this a few days in advance.

Smoked bluefish paté.Smoked bluefish paté, adapted from the popular appetizer at Boston’s Legal Sea Foods restaurants, is the kind of treat you serve to guests you know will love it. The assertive fish and caramelized onion flavor won’t appeal to everyone, but anyone who loves smoked fish will adore it.

Five of my favorite spreads — something for every taste. To find more recipes, type the word “spread” or “dip” into the search box at the top of the right-hand column.

Make these ahead to serve for your holiday weekend parties.

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