Sugar Kiss Melons

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A lot of things happened in my kitchen over the weekend.  And I'll be sharing them all at some point, but today. . . it's all about the Sugar Kiss Melon.My boys wanted sushi for lunch -- a tuna cut-roll to be exact (hold the wasabi).  With no time to make this, I quickly ran to the market.  After I grabbed the … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe. . . With Roquefort, Bacon and Grilled Pear!

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Once I have roasted garlic in the house, I can't stop cooking with it.  And why would I?! One of the reasons to roast a lot of garlic at once is that it will go a long way.Usually I crave roasted garlic and garlic bread in the cool, winter months, but driving by all the garlic fields in Gilroy this past weekend … [Read more...]

How To Roast Garlic

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We just got home from a delightful weekend visiting my brother in Santa Cruz.  One of the things I love about driving up north is passing through Gilroy and other California farm towns.  When you open your windows in Gilroy, the strong, wonderful scent of garlic is in the air, and there are signs for fresh-picked … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Nastursiums! Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Recipe

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Welcome, everybody, to my first "Friday Flowers!"Flowers inspire me greatly -- and different flowers make me think about different foods."Friday Flowers" isn't necessarily about adding floral items to what I'm cooking.   Flowers often just make me think of different foods I want to eat or cook.  For example … [Read more...]

Plantain-Picadillo Empenada Recipe

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This recipe is insanely delicious. Really and truly delicious! (You'll learn I don't hold back when I like something.)  I love Latin flavors and I cooked up a storm for Cinco de Mayo this year.This Picadillo recipe was the hit of the night. And I must say, the sweet plantain "dough" is brilliant!  (Wish that had … [Read more...]

Mango Salsa Recipe

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I wanted to get this recipe to you sooner rather than later.  You see, I'll be sending you to it often because I love it with so many things. Summer's around the corner, mango season has begun, and we must celebrate this amazing tropical fruit!  Mangoes are definitely one of my favorite foods on the planetThis … [Read more...]

Avocado Fries with Agave-Chipotle Yogurt Dip

Avocado Fries with Agave-Chipotle Yogurt Dip

Avocado is one of my favorite foods in the world. Ironically, as a kid I hated it!  And I mean, hid-it-in-my-napkin-under-the-table kind of hate! I'm not sure when exactly my palate accepted it, but I think it was when I was about ten-years-old and a neighbor served me guacamole salted to perfection and full of … [Read more...]