Rainbow Chard and Quinoa Gratin

Comforting gratin of wilted chard, onion, quinoa, cheese, milk and breadcrumbs.

Comforting gratin made with Rainbow chard, quinoa, and cheese. Perfect vegetarian dinner for a chilly night. I recently started doing some posts for my friends over at the Sunday Supper Movement. I've been part of their family for years - almost from the beginning - and now I've added one more thread to bind me to this wonderful group of people. This is a great little gratin for a chilly or rainy day. It's jam-packed with Rainbow chard (although you can certainly use Swiss chard), ...

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Cheese Tortellini with Herbed Ricotta and Fava Beans | #SundaySupper

Cheese Tortellini with Fava Beans and Herbed Ricotta Cheese

I'll be honest with you. Fava beans are crazy high maintenance. But that shouldn't put you off. They're eaten by the bushel in Tuscany but remain fairly unknown in other parts of world. Have you tried them yet? If you've had broad beans, one of their many aliases, then you've had some. They look similar to both edamame and lima beans, and are faintly bitter with a unique flavor. So what makes them so high maintenance? Well, first you have to rip them out of bed. They lie inside a ...

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Socca Pizza with Spinach, Tomatoes, Olives and Feta | #SundaySupper

Socca with Greek Salad

Gluten-free socca pizza made with chickpea flour and topped with a Greek salad. In celebration of the opening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 this weekend, we're all about Greek food at Sunday Supper today!  Full confession, I missed the first movie, so clearly I have some homework to do before seeing the second one. All I really know about these movies is that they're about the clash of cultural traditions with modern-day, and embrace both the frustration and joy of large extended families ...

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Vegetarian Jambalaya Stuffed Red Peppers Casserole | #SundaySupper

Jambalaya Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian jambalaya that can be made in a flash with Zatarain's Jambalaya Mix, and then scooped into red peppers ready for roasting. It's all topped off with cornbread and cheddar cheese.  Do you like knowing the history behind some of our traditions? Me too. Mardi Gras is coming up, and today this celebration is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But its roots are firmly planted in early pagan spring and fertility festivals known as Boeuf Gras (Fatted Calf). Apparently these early ...

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Tomato Pie

Tomato pie with layers of tomatoes interleaved with cheese, oregano, mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

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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Grilled Italian Caprese Panini

Caprese panini with pesto, grilled tomatoes and melted mozzarella.

This month I'm helping the newest blogger in our Secret Recipe Club group and posting TWO great recipes I found on two different blogs. First up is this wonderful Caprese Panini by Kate at the Kitchen Trial and Error blog. But let me back up for a minute in case you're unfamiliar with The Secret Recipe Club. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups, each of which post at different times of the month. ...

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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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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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Spiralized Zucchini: Zucchetti with Garlic, Tomatoes and Asiago Cheese: #WeekdaySupper

zucchetti with tomatoes, garlic, corn, basil, and Asiago cheese

Toss together spiralized zucchini with garlic, basil, tomatoes, corn and Asiago cheese for the perfect weeknight dinner! Summer is officially here and we're spending more time up at the Lake (Tahoe). We wake to clear, sunny skies up there every morning, and it's warm enough to go kayaking at 9am. In summer, there's always something fun going on. Hiking, cycling, swimming, seeing friends, and this year I'm determined to try SUP (stand up paddle boarding). I'm not sure my core is up to it, ...

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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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Broccoli Cheddar Frittata with Tomatoes: #SundaySupper

broccoli cheddar frittata with tomatoes

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR FRITTATA WITH TOMATOES We have friends in Ashland, just over the California line into Oregon, who we visit when we drive to Portland to see our step-daughter and her family. Ashland is famous for it's vibrant theatre life and is synonymous for Shakespeare on the west coast. They've even created a replica of the Globe theater, in addition to their other theaters in town. The acting and directing is first rate. And so is the food in town. Especially if you eat at Ron and ...

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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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