Friday Flowers: California Poppies and Creamy Avocado Gazpacho Recipe

Photo taken by Jim Kenney, during the peak of California Poppy season (March-May)

I'll never forget the first time my Spanish "sister," Pilar, came to visit and made gazpacho in my mom's kitchen. Pilar literally added "a little of this and a little of that."  At the time I didn't know what the "this" or the "that" was, but the kitchen smelled amazing -- like a ripe vegetable garden -- and what she … [Read more...]

Watermelon Cucumber Salsa Recipe

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This salsa says poolside snack, it screams early summer barbecue appetizer, it cools me off just to look at it, and it happens to be one of my favorite weekend recipes in the summertime!Culinarily speaking, this Watermelon Cucumber Salsa is the best, most delicious way to celebrate summer! And today is the first … [Read more...]

Summer Corn Chowder {Vegan Recipe}

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Do you love eating fresh corn and tomatoes in the summertime -- at the peak of their season?   What about fresh basil? And avocados, too? I know, who doesn't!?  (Don't even answer that, please!)How excited are you that it's pretty much that time again?And it's that time when corn is so sweet, it might as well … [Read more...]

Roasted Poblano Guacamole Recipe

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Do you ever wake up with a particular ingredient on your mind? One that you must run out and buy immediately?  (Or in my case, have your husband run out for immediately -- because you'd rather stay at home with a new puppy and two cute boys!)Welcome to my Sunday morning and poblano peppers! Also, I know I my … [Read more...]

Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Garlic Orange-Sesame Sauce

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Yesterday my super sweet six-year-old wasn't feeling his best so he stayed home from school. After spending an incredibly cozy morning on the couch under a blanket, reading books and watching TV, we decided to do some art. He used oil pastels to make this beautiful picture.  I love it!  Do you know what it is?  Come … [Read more...]

Spiced Tangerine Grilled Tofu Recipe

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Shortly after I got married, I awoke one morning to the wonderful aroma of what I thought might be bacon.  Since my husband’s a vegetarian, I thought it couldn't be.  And I was right.When I went to the kitchen I found him eating what looked like long, rectangular, pinkish crackers.  Um . . . fake bacon?  … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Begonias and Puréed Corn Soup Recipe with Adobo Sauce

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A dear friend of mine is going through a very hard time.Here's what I do:  I try to be there, listen, and cook.  Of course I cook.This soup would be a tasty part of your brunch,  lunch of dinner this weekend.  Or you can pack it up and bring it to someone who might need a boost.   Either way, spend time with … [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...]

Key Lime Grilled Corn Guacamole Recipe

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I can't get enough of avocados in the summertime!  I absolutely love them -- on their own, in salads, avocado fries, and of course, in a guacamole recipe!The key to making fantastic guacamole is starting with fantastic avocados! And I have a new avocado find I'm excited to tell you about!  Paradise Grove Avocados!  … [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...]