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...]

Friday Flowers: Thai Basil Flowers, Tomato Salad Recipe and How to Peel Tomatoes

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This salad is simple blend of a few ingredients, and it's an exquisite display of vibrant color.  It's all about freshly picked heirloom tomatoes . . .I can't use a tomato without thinking of my dad's tomato garden.  In the summertime, tomatoes are all he cares about -- well, they're just below my mom and their … [Read more...]

Salt Potatoes Recipe With Fresh Dill and Mascarpone

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I've been told I can be a tiny bit controlling in my kitchen.  It's probably true.  After all, my kitchen is my retreat. I have a bit of affection for each of my appliances and every single pot and cooking tool.Last week I had to try very hard not to steer my adorable seven-year-old son in another direction when he … [Read more...]

Smoky Chipotle Parmesan French Fries

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I truly appreciate your visiting my site!  If this looks delicious to you, please subscribe for my occasional emails with more great recipes, to the right of this post.  You can also follow what I'm cooking on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.One of my absolute favorite flavors in the world (right up … [Read more...]

Avocado Butter Recipe

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When I was a kid, I used to literally sneak avocado chunks out of my salad, into my napkin, and sadly, yes . . . into the trash.  Can you believe that!?If you've been keeping up with my blog, you know that these days, I cannot get enough avocados, and I consider them to be a precious culinary treasure.  Truly!I … [Read more...]

Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushroom Recipe

Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushrooms

Portabella mushrooms are "meaty."  Really, they are!  Just ask my vegetarian husband.  As if he'd know, right?  Actually, the truth is, while they certainly can't compete with a perfect rib-eye or flank steak, they are indeed a very hearty mushroom!This marinade is one of my favorites!  It has a spicy Asian vibe … [Read more...]

How To Make Caramelized Onions

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Today we are creating an unbelievable, intensely rich, sweet flavored, caramel-colored, spreadable delicacy.  It's like gold.  We're caramelizing onions!  We're cooking onions very slowly on the stove. . . drawing all of their natural sugars to their surface.Although you can use olive oil, I love using clarified, … [Read more...]

Vegetable Mint Stir Fry Recipe With Tofu “Noodles”

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Friday night, while my two boys and I were having Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak, my vegetarian husband had this yummy stir fry.As I was about to chop the tofu into cubes for the stir fry, I saw my vegetable peeler out of the corner of my eye and got a magical idea.  Yes, I just referred to the way I was going … [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...]