Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie

When life gives you a box of tomatoes, you need to think bigger than a tomato sandwich. Last weekend, our stepson, Kevin, and his wife, Suzanne, and their 5 kids came to visit. (Yay for grandkids time !!!!). It was Emma's birthday (she turned 8) and she wanted to spend it with us at the Lake. With them came a juicy cantaloupe and a box of tomatoes from Kevin's mom's garden. If you're keeping up here, that's my husband's first wife, who I like very much. I don't care how fresh tomatoes are ...

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Grilled Italian Caprese Panini

Caprese panini with pesto, grilled tomatoes and melted mozzarella.

This month I'm helping the newest blogger in our Secret Recipe Club group and posting TWO great recipes I found on two different blogs. First up is this wonderful Caprese Panini by Kate at the Kitchen Trial and Error blog. But let me back up for a minute in case you're unfamiliar with The Secret Recipe Club. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups, each of which post at different times of the month. ...

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15 Ways to Eat Corn OFF the Cob!

15 Ways to Eat Corn OFF the Cob

If you love corn, and looking for new ways to take advantage of all the fresh ears piled in heaps at the markets right now, I've put together a roundup of recipes I've found for Parade Magazine's Community Table. In case you haven't seen it, here's a link to the article!   ...

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Chevy’s Sweet Corn Tomalito #SundaySupper #Copycat

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Last year, I was at Chevy's with my grandkids and one of them asked if I could figure out how to make the sweet corn tomalito they serve with all their dinners. It was a huge favorite of all the kids, and he was clearly trying to steer me away from cooking another quinoa dinner on their next visit. Not that he was eating the quinoa dinner, mind you, he was just trying to broaden my horizons instead of the other way around. I looked high and low for a recipe and found several. As the date ...

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10 Ways to Enjoy Quinoa and Get Healthy This Summer!

10 quinoa dishes for summer from salads, casseroles, and patties to an apple crumble.

  Quinoa is an easy way to healthy up a dish. I keep a stash in the refrigerator and add it to salads, breads, wraps, and crumble toppings for an extra hit of protein and nutrients. Earlier this week, I did a round-up for Parade's Community Table of 10 of my favorite quinoa dishes that I make on a regular basis through the summer. Go check them out and pick at least one to make in the next week! If you're looking for a fool-proof recipe for cooking quinoa, here's my go-to recipe. Feel ...

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19 Ways to Eat Cherries All Day, Every Day

19 Ways to Eat Cherries All Day, Every Day

The cherry season is way too short for me. So while these little beauties are in the markets, we snack on them in the car, add them to salads, purée them into soups, and add to grains dishes. They're full of antioxidants, and are the perfect refreshing treat on a hot summer day. If you're looking for new ways to take full advantage of cherries this summer, go check out my latest post for Parade! I've included breakfast options with chia seeds and muffins, several salads, summer drinks, ...

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Zesty Parmesan Baked Zucchini Sticks

Easy side dish: Baked zucchini sticks coated in Parmesan, flavored breadcrumbs, and herbs.

Easy side dish for Secret Recipe Club: Baked zucchini sticks coated in Parmesan, flavored breadcrumbs, and herbs.   I've moved! Not physically - we're done with that for a while, God knows - but to a new Secret Recipe Club group. Now I have a whole new group of blogs to meet and cook from. And now my Secret Recipe Club posts will be at the beginning of each month, instead of the end. I'm stoked. I love to shake things up in my life every once in a while. A friend told me, in my ...

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Plum Frozen Yogurt with Blackberries & Sage

Plum frozen yogurt with blackberries, honey, and sage.

Plum frozen yogurt with blackberries, honey, and sage - perfect treat on a hot summer day. The first year I got an ice cream maker, I made ice cream every weekend. In truth, I went a little crazy. I experimented with infused custard bases, and added balsamic swirls and chocolate chunks. I tried adding a glug of alcohol at the end for a super-smooth, soft texture, and worked with every fruit I could find. I made rich ice creams, sorbets, and sherbets before simplifying with frozen yogurt. I ...

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Spiralized Shoestring Garlic Truffle Fries with Aioli: #SundaySupper

Shoestring garlic truffle fries

When the kids and grandkids come to visit, potatoes are common ground for us. We may not agree on kale (I still threaten the g-kids with kale smoothies), beef, broccoli or (surprisingly) cheese, but we all love potatoes. And when you have 4 adults and 5 kids sitting together at the dinner table, that’s HUGE. I roast them, bake them, whip them, and hasselback them. It’s all good, but even better with Idaho® potatoes. Listen up: if you think all russets are the same, and it doesn’t matter where ...

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Summertime Cooking with Kids!

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Cooking with kids in the kitchen reaps many rewards for everyone! My newest post published on Parade this week is about getting your kids into the kitchen with you this summer. The benefits are long reaching, and cooking a meal, a snack, or dessert together fosters a wealth of rich memories for everyone. My article lists some of the benefits and offers up 21 recipes to start with. Some are recipes you can turn the kids loose on, some are group projects for a few kids, and a few need some ...

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Barbecued Baked Beans

BBQ baked beans slider

Today is a shared post day. Lana of Never Enough Thyme, part of our Progressive Eats group, is busy recuperating from some surgery and needed a little help from her friends while she rests. Lana's southern roots shine through in many of her dishes, but everything is done with a distinctive twist that's all Lana. Please go on over to check out her beautiful photography and fabulous recipes. You won't regret it. In honor of Lana's Georgia roots, I wanted to make a dish that reminds me of the ...

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Paneer Biryani with Cucumber Raita

Paneer biryani sautéed with tomatoes, served with cucumber raita and mint chutney. One dish vegetarian meal.

We have a fabulous Indian restaurant in the town where we live, close enough to walk to. We eat there a couple times a month, and when we want to eat at home and watch a movie, we often call them for take-out. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's Prabh Indian Kitchen, in downtown Mill Valley - and I highly recommend them. My favorite dish there is a biryani with some shrimp tossed into the rice to steam, but I've been wanting to try a version with paneer cheese. So I started ...

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