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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Summer Peach Cake: #IsabelsBirthdayBash

Summer Peach Cake

Do you like surprises? I find that people usually have a position on this, and I admit I fall in the 'don't like' side of the surprise issue. I don't remember any horrible experience, and don't think of myself as controlling (my husband will disagree here - so maybe I should say unusually controlling), but there you have it. I'm not keen on surprises. I like knowing what I'm getting for Christmas - although one little surprise here and there is ok. I like to have all my hotels arranged for ...

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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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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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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!

parade magazine: cooking with kids

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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Spiralized Zucchini: Zucchetti with Garlic, Tomatoes and Asiago Cheese: #WeekdaySupper

zucchetti with tomatoes, garlic, corn, basil, and Asiago cheese

Toss together spiralized zucchini with garlic, basil, tomatoes, corn and Asiago cheese for the perfect weeknight dinner! Summer is officially here and we're spending more time up at the Lake (Tahoe). We wake to clear, sunny skies up there every morning, and it's warm enough to go kayaking at 9am. In summer, there's always something fun going on. Hiking, cycling, swimming, seeing friends, and this year I'm determined to try SUP (stand up paddle boarding). I'm not sure my core is up to it, ...

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Coconut Shortcakes with Grilled Pineapple: #SundaySupper

coconut shortcakes with grilled pineapple

Summertime BBQs may be my favorite way to entertain. They’re casual and less structured than a winter dinner party, and I’m not constrained by how many chairs I can fit around a table inside our home. Ours is a charming house that’s over 100 years old – which is pretty old in California, but it’s dollhouse small. Luckily we have a large deck off the kitchen that ushers you into the backyard. So when I want to have a lot of people over, summer-time BBQs are the best way to go. Meal planning, ...

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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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Spicy Cheese Twists: #SundaySupper

Spicy Cheese Twists

Wisconsin is synonymous with cheese and is home to the world's most award-winning cheeses. Approximately 10,000 dairy farms on rolling hills of lush pastureland produce over 21,000 pounds of milk each year, 90% of which is used for making more than 2,800,000,000 pounds of cheese.       As amazing as that is, it’s not just about production numbers. In Wisconsin, it’s a way of life. Many families and facilities have been making cheese for four generations. Wisconsin has more ...

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