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Farmers’ Market Spicy Seafood Chowder Base

This Manhattan-style chowder base is chock full of tomatoes, summer vegetables and herbs — keep it on hand for fast, fresh fish or seafood chowder. Freeze in quarts and then add any combination of oysters, shrimp, crab, clams, scallops or fish at serving time. We topped ours with crispy fried oysters.

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Crispy Dilled Cucumber Sammies

How many of us were introduced to cucumber sandwiches growing up at showers and church receptions? They’re such simple little snacks with vibrant flavor and opposing textures, soft and crispy. Pair these with our chowder or salted nuts as a light snack after working in the yard on a hot day. The spread works well on crackers or as a veggie dip.

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fresh okra roasted and dusted with smoked paprika, crunchy salt and drizzled with hot cinnamon honey

Smoky Okra Fries with Cinnamon Honey Drizzle

Fries and a burger, ho hum. Flip a switch on those boring fries by serving okra! Easy to make and best when hot, these smoky okra fries are still tasty at room temperature. Add the sweet and savory honey drizzle over these crispy fries—woo hoo!

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Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing

Roasted Veggies & Shrimp Skewers

High temperatures paired with abundant vegetables make for healthy nibbles or a light meal. Roasting brings out the natural sugars in your vegetables that caramelize for a sweet zing. Exact measurements are not needed — make as much as you need for your crew. Dollop with Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing and you’ll never look at vegetables the same way again.

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Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing

Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing (and roasted vegetables & shrimp skewers)

Here’s an old dressing with a bright twist thanks to some citrus alternatives to the standard lemon. Super simple to throw together, it’s free of preservatives and packed with vibrant flavor. Use as a sandwich spread, veggie dip, topping for meat and fish or a pasta sauce  — the possibilities are endless!

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Strawberry Vanilla Simple Syrup

Strawberry Vanilla Simple Syrup

Simple syrups are just that — simple to make. But you can use them in so many ways. Visit a local farm, pick some fresh strawberries and honey for this sweet syrup.

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Carolina Gold Oil drizzled Salted Watermelon Rind

Don’t throw away those watermelon rinds!

Stop… Don’t throw that watermelon rind away! Throw this together… Bogue Sound Watermelon Rind drizzled with Carolina Gold Oil! Great for nibblin, appetize’n… or on top of your tacos, hot dogs, salads and more.

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No Churn Cantaloupe & Coconut Ice Cream with Vanilla Bean

No-Churn Cantaloupe & Coconut Ice Cream With vanilla bean

Nothing says summer like the combination of sweet, ripe cantaloupe and creamy coconut. Close your eyes and you might even think you’ve landed on a tropical island with this no-churn Cantaloupe and Coconut Ice Cream with vanilla bean.

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