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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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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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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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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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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‘Cheesy’ Vegan Broccoli Soup with Lemon

Vegan broccoli Soup with 'cheese'

Cheesy vegan broccoli soup using nutritional yeast in place of cheese. The lemon juice and allspice separates this broccoli soup from the pack. I'm a sucker for broccoli soup. I try almost every version I see. Some have hidden secret ingredients like apples (which worked amazingly well!), while many are more straight forward versions puréed with cream. A few instruct the cook to roast the broccoli first to bring up the flavor, and some have you simmer it until tender. My favorite ...

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Garlicky Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Garlicky roasted cabbage steaks

I know it's best to simplify in life, but somehow I always seem to complicate things. Case in point: even though I know three dishes, one appetizer, and a dessert are fine for a small dinner party, somehow I end up with 4 or 5 dishes so I can give guests a choice - you know, just in case they don't like one of the dishes - plus 2 or 3 appetizers, and a cake along with cookies and gelato for dessert. And I might have fresh fruit available for people not wanting the calories. This drives my ...

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Fig and Anise Bread (Overnight Method)

Fig and Anise Bread

FIG AND ANISE BREAD Baking yeasted bread is easy, but it can be one of the most intimidating things to tackle if you've never done it. My first time, I almost convinced myself I couldn't do it at all. I was in culinary school, in my early 50's, struggling to keep up with all the much younger students in my class. I shoved baggy sleeves of an ill-fitting chef's jacket up past my elbows, only to have them immediately slump back down over my knuckles, as I re-read for what felt like the 11th ...

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Mixed Grains Salad with Avocado, Black Beans and Grapes

Quinoa and millet salad with black beans and avocado, topped with nutritional yeast, and dressed with lime juice.

MIXED GRAINS SALAD WITH AVOCADO, BLACK BEANS, AND GRAPES Quick, healthy mixed grains salad of quinoa and millet tossed with black beans, avocado slices and grapes, dressed with lime juice and rice vinegar. It’s The Secret Recipe Club time again. For the uninitiated, we’re a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog in our group to look through. We try a few recipes and chose one to post about. But all month long, ...

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Mujadara with Roasted Tomatoes and Greens

Mujadara lentils and rice

Our puppy Rika was sick last week…the oh-my-God-she-might-die kind of sick. Of course we knew from the first tender moment we brought her into our lives, that we would likely outlive her. But as an 8-month-old puppy with 10,000 more fields to run, and 100,000 more balls to chase, it was way too soon. Through the week, we watched her sink further into digestive issues as we tried an unbelievable array of soft foods and homemade broths to tempt her nonexistent appetite, finally realizing she ...

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