Plum Salad with Avocado and Mozzarella

Plum Salad with Avocado and Mozzarella

This may be my last post for a little while. I head to Italy today, and am so excited. I'm going with a small group of students (which makes us all sound younger than we are) who all study Italian from the same teacher, and she's leads immersion trips every year. She's got a fabulous sense of humor, discovers out-of-the-way restaurants that feature local delicacies, and has an iron rule that we cannot speak English until the second course of dinner is served to our table each evening. So, ...

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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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Lemony Three Bean Salad

Lemony 3 Bean Salad with Tomatoes

Do you have recipes that started with something you saw in a magazine or newspaper, that you've changed a little every time you make it? By the time you've been making the dish for 4 or 5 years, you almost forget where you started. But then you revisit where it all began and see that all the bones of the recipe that made it so good the first time are still there after all these years. That's how it is with this recipe. I first saw the original recipe on Food52 a few years ago. I made it right ...

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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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Watermelon and Peach Salsa #FoodNetwork

watermelon salad with peaches, cucumbers, and lime.

  It's roundup day for the Food Network's blog, FN Dish, and the theme is watermelon. I confess I wasn't a lover of watermelon until the last couple of years. When I was kid I could never understand what the fuss was all about. It was messy, full of huge black seeds, and not sweet enough for me. Times change, so do our taste buds. Now we have seedless watermelons at our fingertips, and they're plenty sweet for me now. All summer long, I almost always have watermelon in the refrigerator for ...

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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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Mexican Street Corn Tart #WeekdaySupper

Classic Mexican street corn prepared as a tart in a cheesy tart shell.

Ever have Mexican Street Corn? If you're shaking your head, you've missed out. Street vendors all over Mexico City grill ears of corn and then roll them in a mayonnaise-like sauce mixed with cojita cheese, red onion, jalapeño, lime, and chili spices. To. Die. For. This recipe is a tart version of this fabulous treat, so now you only have to buy a few ingredients instead of flight tickets (although, a trip to Mexico can be a nice little getaway in the middle of winter). Cook's ...

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Gazpacho Shooters #SundaySupper

Gazpacho Shooters

Gazpacho shooters are a perfect way to kick off a summer party. I like to start a summer party with cheese, crackers, hummus, and some grapes or cherries. Just as I put the meat / fish on the grill for the non-vegetarians in the group (which is usually everyone), I bring out a pitcher of gazpacho and little glasses. If the gazpacho is more puree than chunky, guests can drink it right from the glass. But I like my gazpacho a little chunky, so I serve it in a short glass with a spoon.   ...

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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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