Spinach Kale Pesto Recipe

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When I was growing up, my parents grew beautiful basil in their garden.  (And they still do.)  So naturally, my mom made a ton of beautiful basil pesto!  It became a tradition to have the pesto on English muffins topped with thick slices of sweet, heirloom tomatoes (also from their garden).  This yummy dinner tradition … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Father’s Day Granola Recipe

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Father's Day is this Sunday! And while most of us associate Father’s Day with grilling on the barbecue, I think of granola. You see, my own dad loves granola.  So much so that at dessert time, he’ll pass on cookies and ice-cream and opt for a big bowl of granola instead.  And if my dad is ever caught having a … [Read more...]

Granola Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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It's big. It's granola. It's chocolatey. It's a cookie.And . . . it was actually my breakfast! There's just something about this big, nutty-granola-ey, crispy, chewy treat that makes it seem okay to eat it for breakfast.  Now don't get me wrong: I'm not proposing we have dessert for breakfast -- not all the time … [Read more...]

Grilled Strawberry Basil Kebab Recipe and The Farmers Market

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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...]

Gluten-Free Brownie Recipe

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You didn't think I'd leave my gluten-free son out of the brownie extravaganza we've been having over here, did you? Oh no, no, I wouldn't do that!  Gluten-free or not, I promise  that you will love these and -- most importantly -- you won't feel that you're missing anything.  The all-purpose flour, for … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Pink Roses and Brownies

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Pink roses have been peeking through my bedroom window all week. The beautiful hues and the big fluffy petals have been making me think of chocolate.  I know . . . that might not make sense immediately.Could it be because the petals remind me of cotton candy, bringing my mind to sweets?  Or maybe it's because pink … [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...]