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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Strawberries and Skinny Yogurt Cheesecake Dip

Skinny cheesecake dip made with Greek yogurt and low-fat cream cheese. Serve with strawberries.

Skinnified cheesecake-turn it into a dip, use low-fat cream cheese, and switch out the cream for Greek yogurt. Serve with strawberries for dipping. This week's theme for the Food Network blog, FN Dish is Picnic. And with it, we begin the summer series of posts - #SummerSoiree. I confess I don't do a lot of picnics, but I AM a big hiker. Or I used to be. When I was working full-time in the City, I would take off on every Saturday or Sunday morning with a backpack and hiking boots for a ...

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Strawberry Oat Crumble Bars: #SundaySupper

Easy strawberry oat crumbles with toasted coconut and candied ginger chips.

In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, #SundaySupper is celebrating with Red White and Blue dishes. You'd think this would be an easy one, right? I mulled around a bunch of ideas for almost two weeks. Should I make strawberry shortcake? Or blueberry pie? Then my mind drifted while I pulled out recipes for meringues with berries, and then pavlovas with berries. Too time-consuming, I decided. So I shot into the opposite direction with smoothies. Which of course led to ice cream. The more options ...

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Baby Bok Choy Couscous with Mangoes and Strawberries

Baby bok choy couscous salad with mangoes and strawberries, dressed in a lemon garlic dressing.

I’ve been hot on the trail of healthy greens lately. I was a Kale Girl all last year; I blogged about the benefits of watercress last month; and now I’m delving into Asian greens, possibly the most nutrient greens of all. Asian greens have been grown in China for over six thousand years -- although I got mine somewhere much closer, from Jade Asian Greens in Southern California. In fact, I was lucky. They shipped a huge box of their lush greens to my home (one of the many benefits of being a ...

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Maple Cornbread Mini Loaves with Strawberries

Maple Strawberry Corn Cakes

#Secret Recipe Club: Maple cornbread topped with strawberries and drizzled with more maple syrup.   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 about. But all month long, we keep our assignment a secret until 'reveal day'. It's been a lot of fun - and I've found some great new blogs to ...

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5-Minute Strawberry Sherbet

Easy Strawberry sherbet

Easy strawberry sherbet in 5 minutes using 4 ingredients! Easy recipes with few ingredients are the best way to allow individual ingredients to shine. Unfettered by all the bells and whistles of their more complicated kin, fruits and vegetables at their peak sing a solo and bring the house down. The entire country of Italy has mastered this art to perfection.   This week, as #Sunday Supper celebrates recipes with 5 ingredients or less, I could have made some simple fried ...

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Strawberry Buttermilk Scones

Strawberry Lemon and Ginger Buttermilk scones for Easter brunch

Tender strawberry buttermilk scones with lemon zest and ginger. 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 window and see sunny globes hanging from the branches like Christmas ornaments. I'm adding zest and juice to everything. Pasta, vinaigrettes, lentils, and these scones. This week's theme for ...

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Dutch Baby with Strawberries

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

Dutch baby topped with strawberries and sweetened ricotta cheese for brunch! A Dutch baby, also known as a German pancake, is 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 skillet, and bake in a super-hot oven. That's it. You're almost done. Just be sure to turn on the oven light to catch the show. After several minutes, ...

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Strawberry Cardamom Galette

Strawberry Cardamom Galette - slider

Simple strawberry tart sprinkled with cardamom, folded into a buttery crust. We're tearing through the days of the calendar as Moving Day looms, circled in red. As if we'll forget which day the movers are due to show up. But we leave nothing to chance, as we number the boxes, color coding them pink if they stay in the Bay Area; green if they go to Tahoe. The numbers then correspond to a list ...

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Berry-Pineapple Salad & Poppyseed Dressing

strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, gorgonzola, with ginger poppyseed dressing for cooking for a crowd

Mixed berries, pineapple and gorgonzola come together for a great summer salad with a ginger-poppyseed dressing. Many years ago, a far-flung group of us came together every year for a ski vacation. We rotated it a bit between Deer Valley (Utah), Aspen, and other places in Colorado. One by one, we stopped skiing for any number of reasons, and after not seeing each other for several years, we cranked the group ...

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Roasted Strawberries with Ricotta Cheese and Honey

Roasted Strawberries drizzled with honey, ricotta and goat cheese, appetizer, Ask Miss A

ROASTED STRAWBERRIES WITH RICOTTA CHEESE AND HONEY Easy appetizer of roasted strawberries over a spread of ricotta and goat cheeses, and drizzled with honey. It's so easy to throw some fun cheeses, crackers and olives in my cart at the grocery, that by the time I make the dessert, and prepare the meal for a party, the appetizer often falls through the cracks of my party planning. When friends ask what they can bring when coming to dinner, 'appetizer!' is the first think I think of. I've ...

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Roasted Berries + Coconut and Lime

Roasted strawberries and blackberries topped with lime and toasted coconut, gluten-free dessert recipe

Berries are roasted to intensify their flavors, and topped with lime juice and coconut. This is an incredibly easy dessert, and is a riff of one I had at a friend's home last month. It's vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, and almost everything-free except flavor-free. You may have picked up by now that I love roasted just about anything, and that includes fruits. It really intensifies the flavors, and needs little ...

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