Friday Flowers: Lantana Flowers and Sweet Potato Shiitake Sausage Soup with Udon Noodles

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My cooking is all about the combination of true comfort foods and farm-fresh ingredients.  I love slow cooking: spending time in the kitchen with the food, learning about each ingredient, getting to the essence of flavor to make it shine. (And incidentally, helping my whole house to smell good for hours on end.)  I … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Gerberas and Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs Recipe

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It's October. It's fall. So naturally, it's time to cook with pumpkins and make warm, comforting one-pot meals!Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs are a treat not to be missed.  And good news, you can make this over the weekend . . . temperatures are dropping!How much do you love it when arrive at a home, and you're … [Read more...]

Rosemary Honey Turkey Meatball Recipe

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Good things come in small packages.  That's what I've always been told, and that's what my kids will always be told, too.  (I'm 5-feet, 1-3/4-inches on my tippy-toes.)Coincidentally, I love small plates and little bites.  I absolutely love a ton of flavor, perfect textures, and cuteness packed into one delicious … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Lavender! Lavender Rosemary Grilled Rib-Eye Steak

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Ahh, it's Friday.  Friday Flowers, no less!  Don't know about you, but pretty flowers and good food are just what I need.  My boys are back in school this week, and I think the transition away from summer has exhausted me -- more than them!  (I'll tell you, having a batch of the Café Con Leche Cookies around has been … [Read more...]

Summer Wrap-Up and Recipes For Your Labor Day Soireé!

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These three boys are responsible for my having a fantastic summer! I can only hope  summer felt longer to my kids than it did for me!  Somehow it flew by.  My boys and I spent most of it just hangin' out together, and cooking on the weekends, of course! So it's time for the last summer BBQ (though there's no rule … [Read more...]

Grilled Mediterranean Burger Recipe

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As promised. . . here is the meat for your BBQ!The days of summer are winding down, and I want to soak them up.  I want to relish the time with my kids, friends, family, and of course . . . yummy food!It doesn't get much better than a great burger!  A big, juicy, packed-with-flavor burger!  These burgers are … [Read more...]

Silvia’s Summer Seafood Paella

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As you know, we recently took a family vacation to New York.  We planned the trip around the wedding of our close friends, Ed and Danielle.  The wedding was at Danielle's family home in Woodstock, and it was gorgeous!  I could write forever about all the exciting details of the fun wedding -- but, for now I'm focusing … [Read more...]

What To Cook For Father’s Day: A Few Delicious Ideas

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You already know I'm making a super delicious granola for my dad for Father's Day,  but that's his gift, not our Father's Day meal!He'll likely have the granola for a late-night snack!For dinner, I'm thinking we'll have Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak with salad and these oh-so-tasty Smoky Chipotle Parmesan … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Bougeanvilla and Grilled Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak Recipe

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Here are just a few of my many highlights this week: Today my 5-year-old son said, "Mommy, you're the kissing girl -- everyone around you has to kiss you," and then he did. My 7-year old son performed in a school concert a couple nights ago.  I could barely see his newly buzzed head and his sweet face behind his … [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...]