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I haven’t been able to hit the park for a picnic with friends this summer because of the non-stop, scorching heat. But these two jazzed up picnic sides have made great lunch items, evoking the essence of dining al fresco without stepping foot outside.

I tossed local baby potatoes I fetched at the farmers market with olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and freshly cracked pepper and sea salt to taste.  Tossed in a bundle of chopped Italian parsley for color and bright flavor — three crisped, diced  three strips of smoked bacon. Awesome.

These baked beans are to die for:  not sweet and tangy like their classic barbeque counterparts, but light and smoky and incredibly flavorful.  The salty diced ham stews with the onion, celery, carrot and garlic — simmers with diced tomatoes and wilted chard.  The blend of white navy beans and tan pinto is delicious.  (h/t Food Network Mag)

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splitpeasoup

If you’re a fan of hearty and healthy soups, here’s one to try. It also happens to be an incredibly easy recipe and perfect for any leftover holiday ham still in the freezer.

I love the tender texture of the peas after they’ve stewed for hours with the smokey, salty bits of ham. The fresh parsley, chopped celery and celery leaves and garlic add complexity to the flavor.

Split Pea and Ham Soup

1 16 oz. package dried green split peas, rinsed

2 cups diced ham

1 1/2 cups diced carrots

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 cups diced celery with leaves

2 cloves minced garlic

1 bay leaf

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsely

4 cups chicken broth / 2 cups water

(1) Add ingredients to a soup pot in the order above. Do not stir.

(2) Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring periodically after 30 minutes.

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