Summertime Garden Party Menu

Summertime Garden Party Menu

photo credit: shepaused4thought.com Isn't it so hard to slow down?  To make time for yourself?  To do something just for fun?  It sure is for me, and when I do it, it never fails to remind me that I should make a bigger effort to do it more often.   Last week I had the most delightful time with some of my favorite … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Butterfly Flowers and Summer Tomato Gazpacho

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree . . .I've already showed off my dad's tomato garden, and today's Summer Tomato Gazpacho Recipe is inspired by my brother, who rarely eats anything that's not grown on a local farm, or in his own backyard.And just like my mom, my brother's a great cook who just throws … [Read more...]

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...]

Friday Flowers: Chive Flowers and Melon Gazpacho Recipe

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My 5-year old son has a serious sweet tooth. The cutest thing ever is when he asks me which tooth it is, and why there's only one!So needless to say, this little guy absolutely loves melon -- especially Kiss melons, which are super sweet and flavorful!The Sugar Kiss, Honey Kiss and Golden Kiss melons are all … [Read more...]