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Cucumber-Watercress Soup – Gazpacho Style! #SundaySupper Summer Chillin’

cucumber watercress soup gazpacho

Time to chill out! Hot summer days are here with trips to the beach with cartons of sunblock and beer, picnics in the country, and sylvan hikes in the mountains. This holiday weekend our stepson (Kevin), his lovely wife (Suzanne), their 5 kids (4 very […]

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Stuffed Artichokes

http://theweiserkitchen.com/recipe/quinoa-tabbouleh-stuffed-artichokes/

To my mother, adventurous cooking meant scrupulously following a recipe in her dog-eared Mama Leone’s Italian Cookbook for veal scallopini. “It  involves cooking with real sherry,” she told us, feeling so 1960s hip. But most dinners in our house were a rotation of roast chicken, grilled steak, pasta, with […]

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Mom’s Glazed Blueberry Tarts – #SundaySupper

When my mom got married, she moved directly from her parents home where her mom did all the cooking to one that she shared with my dad. Not the adventurous type, she refused to bake anything that didn’t come from a box, scrupulously followed every […]

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Maple-Strawberry Cornbread Mini Loaves – #Secret Recipe Club

Maple Strawberry Corn Cakes

  It’s time again for our Secret Recipe Club  ’reveal day’. For the uninitiated, the Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 100 food bloggers. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog to look through. We try a few recipes and chose one to post […]

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Strawberry, Lemon and Ginger Scones for #SundaySupper Easter/Passover Feast

Strawberry Lemon and Ginger Buttermilk scones for Easter brunch

When life gives you lemons, make scones. We have a lemon tree in our backyard, and since this is our first year in our new home, it’s our first year for lemons. It gives me such a happy feeling when I look out the back […]

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Dutch Baby with Strawberries and Ricotta Cheese

Dutch baby pancake with sweetened ricotta cheese and strawberries for brunch!

Dutch babies, also known as German pancakes, are a form of sweet popovers typically served for breakfast. They’re  easy to make, great fun with kids – and might be the perfect Easter morning breakfast. Just mix up some eggy batter, pour into a buttered hot […]

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Super Simple Slow-Cooker Asparagus Risotto and a #Giveaway!

Who knew you could cook up a fabulous risotto in a slow cooker with almost no stirring? Not me, that’s for sure. Because of the kitchen remodel, one of my favorite kitchen tools right now is my slow cooker. So when I ran across this […]

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Celery Root Bisque (with Lobster) : #SundaySupper Fat Sunday

celery root bisque with broiled lobster tails

  Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? This is a little embarrassing, but I never thought about it. I’ve just always thought of Mardi Gras meaning Let’s Party Wildly With Colorful Makeup and Glitter.  It is, of course, the gorging […]

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#SundaySupper: Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

smoked trout deviled eggs, easy entertaining, Memorial Day picnic

The weather is warming up here in the Bay Area, and we’re officially in the first holiday weekend I associate with summer. To celebrate, this week’s theme for Sunday Supper is picnics, and for me a picnic isn’t a picnic without deviled eggs. I wanted […]

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#SundaySupper: Cornbread Pancakes with Blackberries

cornbread pancakes with blackberries for Mother's Day breakfast

  This week’s theme for #SundaySupper is Mother’s Day, hosted by Heather Lynn at the wonderful Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks blog. My thoughts immediately flew to pancakes. But not for breakfast. Pancakes for me means breakfast for dinner. Breakfast for dinner conjures up quiet suppers, all […]

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Basil, Chive, and Mustard Compound Butters : For Your Pantry

Compound butters are a great little condiment to keep in the freezer, all wrapped in wax paper and tucked into ziplock baggies. They’ll keep that way for a long time. Just slice off what you need and re-wrap and seal it. You can store them […]

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Blog Cookoff!! Classic Green Mint Chutney Rice Topped with Tomatoes and Nectarines

green mint chutney rice

If you follow this blog, you know I love condiments I can have on hand to make great meals in minutes. This powerful little condiment, Classic Mint Chutney from Spices and Seasons: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors was the perfect partner this week since we’re having […]

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Garlic Olive Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as it has a low pH and harbors moisture. […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper Super Eats For Game Day

If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different category. I mean something you actually want to do. You’re […]

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