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...]

How To Roast Garlic

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We just got home from a delightful weekend visiting my brother in Santa Cruz.  One of the things I love about driving up north is passing through Gilroy and other California farm towns.  When you open your windows in Gilroy, the strong, wonderful scent of garlic is in the air, and there are signs for fresh-picked … [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...]

Dulce De Leche Chocolate Pretzel Cookie Recipe

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YUM!  These cookies are caramel-y, chocolatey, salty, and chewy!  Oh-so-good!  Who doesn't love a good cookie!?  I don't think I even want to know.For me, a good cookie involves a lot of chunks (much like a good ice-cream).  Every bite has to have a chunk!  This is very important.  So please, if  you're ever making … [Read more...]

How To Make Dulce De Leche

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One ingredient is all you need to make this dulce de leche. That's it!  Sweetened Condensed Milk. And yes, it takes a whopping 6 hours or so to turn it into "gold," but you'll only be involved for about 5 minutes.  The rest of the time, it'll just do "its thing" on the stove.  This is the sort of cooking I do when I … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon-Asparagus Breakfast Pizza Recipe

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Brunch is my favorite meal. I've always loved it.Brunch happens all too rarely.  It really can't take place on workdays, school days, or "normal" days.  Brunch is special -- reserved for vacations, holidays, birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, and anniversaries.   So naturally, I associate brunch … [Read more...]

Camp Blogaway and Watermelon-Lime Mimosa Smoothie Recipe

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Spending a weekend in the mountains with fellow food bloggers at Camp Blogaway has been a real highlight of my year!  It's also part of what led me to this blog, so I don't want to go another day without writing about it!One day in April, I read a great article in the LA Times about Sarah Gim of  TasteSpotting, an … [Read more...]