Avocado Soup with Tomatillos and Hatch Chile

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First of all, a huge thank you to Kristy at Peppercorn Creative for my new blog design and logo. I love the work she did - she was wonderful to work with - and hope you enjoy the new blog too. Soup is one of those perfect foods I rarely turn down. I've decided in fact to start stocking soups away in the freezer for nights I don't feel like cooking, and plan to dive deeper into the world of stocks. I've used the same one-size-fits-all veggie stock for almost everything for years, and have not ...

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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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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (with Pasta)

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (in Pasta)

My second Secret Recipe Club post for the day! As I mentioned in an earlier post today, this month I'm helping the newest blogger in our Secret Recipe Club group and posting a second recipe. This one is a Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto from Amanda at the Dancing Veggies blog. It's super easy to make and so good that everyone should have it in their back pocket (or freezer!). I tossed a couple of tablespoons in some pasta and topped it with Parmesan cheese for a quick, satisfying lunch and had it ...

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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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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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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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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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Strawberry Coconut Soup with Mint: #SundaySupper

Strawberry coconut lime soup with mint

Make this strawberry coconut soup the day before a party and chill until you're ready to serve. Just add mint slivers at the last minute. As the weather heats up, we all look to simplify our cooking lives. Recipes that can be made quickly with only a few ingredients become stars. Bonus points if no actual cooking is required. This week on Sunday Supper, we're celebrating dishes that have five ingredients or less. Salt, pepper, water, and cooking oil are given a free pass. This ...

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