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...]

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...]

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...]