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Chana Masala

When summer stepped into the picture, time had already started to slip away from me. While I have definitely been cooking and eating*, there's been way too much happening to stop, take pictures and blog. The truth is we all need to take a break from the routine of life's realities (including blogging) and focus on what's really important in life--treasured family, trusting friendships and the power of love. The recent 4th of July holiday provided us with a fabulous reason for a real celebration. And celebrate we did.

We invited our closest, most treasured friends and family to join us for a backyard pool party. With about a dozen amazing humans and two fabulous four-legged monsters, David and I whipped up a quintessential Independence Day menu that would be relished by all.

David grilled grass-fed burgers and bison hot dogs for the crew--and grilled portobello burgers for the vegans, which we served with the Lent family recipe for potato salad (shredded carrots, thinly sli…

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