More Fresh Ideas for Summer

Pom-Berry Martini
. 2 oz vodka
. 2 oz 100% cranberry blueberry pomegranate juice
. fresh squeezed lime juice (about a 1/3 of one lime)
. agave nectar (about 1/2 tbsp)

Shake over ice and strain into cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with lime round.

Black Bean-Goat Cheese Dip
One of my favorite "go-to" appetizer dips
(recipe adapted from
. 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil, plus more for brushing (optional)
. 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
. 2 clove(s) garlic, minced
. 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) cumin (preferably whole seeds, freshly toasted and ground)
. 2 can(s) (15 1/2 to 19 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
. 1 cup(s) chicken stock
. Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
. 2 large poblano peppers
. 1 bunch(es) scallions, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
. 1/2 cup(s) coarsely chopped cilantro
. 1 log(s) (11-ounce) fresh goat cheese
1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cumin and cook 30 seconds. Add 1 can beans and lightly mash using a potato masher. Stir in chicken stock and remaining can of beans. Simmer until very thick (but not pasty), 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool.
2. Meanwhile, place poblano peppers directly on a burner over a medium-low gas flame. Turn regularly with tongs to blacken skin, 10-15 minutes (if you don't have a gas stove, you can blacken peppers on a sheet pan under a broiler, turning regularly, about 15 minutes). Place peppers in a paper bag; seal and let sit (and steam) until cool enough to handle. Peel peppers, removing as much of the charred skin as possible without rinsing. Seed and coarsely chop. Transfer to a small bowl and toss with scallions and cilantro.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In the bottom of a 1- to 1 1/2-quart soufflé or baking dish, spread half of bean mixture. Top with half of cheese, crumbled, and half of pepper mixture. Repeat layering once more, ending on pepper mixture. Place dish on a sheet pan and bake 30-35 minutes, until top is bubbling. Serve hot with tortilla chips on the side.

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