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When delicious and uncommon collide, there am I in the midst of that realm. It can happen in life, love and, yes — food.

Summer is finally here. Preparing for my time to shine, I’ve waited a long time to be the food coordinator for backyard gatherings. We’ve all had the usual salads and side dishes, the ones that mark the beginning of summer’s fresh bounty of vegetables. I can smell the cucumbers from my childhood, memories of hot days, family reunions and sweaty nights.

Janet McCormick is the author of “10-Minute Meals.” She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www

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