Strawberry Avocado Salsa Recipe

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Tomorrow is June 21st -- the first official day of summer!  Yay! My two boys are very excited that school will be out soon. They know that more playtime and a slightly later bedtime will ensue.  For me, the excitement is about a new season of culinary delights!  There are dozens of foods summer brings -- strawberries … [Read more...]

Grilled Strawberry Basil Kebab Recipe and The Farmers Market

Grilled Strawberry Basil Kebabs with Honey-Balsamic Glaze | Cooking On The Weekends

I love this strawberry dessert because it's super sweet and I add a balsamic glaze which gives it some depth -- perhaps like a chocolate sauce might.  As strawberries enter the peak of their season, they are becoming sweeter and juicier and oh-so-good!  A perfect strawberry is intoxicating!If it's convenient, buy … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Camp Blogaway and Watermelon-Lime Mimosa Smoothie Recipe

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Spending a weekend in the mountains with fellow food bloggers at Camp Blogaway has been a real highlight of my year!  It's also part of what led me to this blog, so I don't want to go another day without writing about it!One day in April, I read a great article in the LA Times about Sarah Gim of  TasteSpotting, an … [Read more...]

Apple-Bacon Roasted Chicken Recipe

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June gloom is starting a bit early in L.A., and yesterday was chilly and foggy.  While I love the sunshine, I also appreciate an excuse to cook warming foods!  And roasting a whole chicken with aromatic flavors is an easy way to create a delicious dinner for family or a group of friends on the weekend. This recipe is … [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...]