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Vegetables

Fresh Zucchini Lemon Salad with Pine Nuts and Parmesan

It doesn’t get any easier than this fresh zucchini salad! My garden is a little behind schedule because Laguna Beach has suffered through May Gray and now June Gloom. I haven’t had nearly enough sun and heat for my tomatoes, but the zucchini was ripe and ready.The sun is trying to come out today so I wanted to make a fresh raw salad. This was just what I needed. INGREDIENTS Zucchini–I used 3 small ones […]

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Spicy Green Lentils with Mushrooms and Spinach

We’re experiencing a true cold snap in Southern California–it was 40 degrees in Laguna Beach this morning! I know that’s practically a heat wave if you’re in the Midwest, but for us, it’s really, really cold. Because of the weather, I was inspired to make a nice warm dish of lentils. I found this recipe on Food & Wine and adapted it to make it a little spicier. The result? […]

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Sheet Pan Salmon with Potatoes and Asparagus

I went fishing in Alaska last summer and came home with 23 lbs. of fish. They have a great system–you catch it, they clean, flash freeze, and pack it for you, and it rides home on your plane. Then you pick it up at the oversize baggage claim, put it in your freezer and enjoy it all winter! But if your freezer isn’t filled with fresh-caught, just get a nice […]

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Zucchini "Pasta" with Slow-Roasted Roma Tomatoes

I think the best $29 I spent last year was on my Spiralizer! Sure, you can spend a lot more, buy why would you? I got mine on Amazon and just love it. Not to sound like some cheesy commercial on late night cable TV, but it really does do it all. And it’s fun to use. Here’s what it looks like when you’re done spiralizing. After you lightly cook the […]

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Good-Luck Braised Cabbage for the New Year

Want 2018 to be a year of good luck, good health and prosperity? Then start with my good-luck braised cabbage. There are so many traditions about what food brings good luck for the new year–black-eyed peas, pork and sauerkraut, grapes, greens, corn bread and I could go on and on. But my favorite is braised cabbage. I think you’ll really like this version–even if you’re not a cabbage-lover. It’s slow-cooked […]

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Shaved Mushroom and Pecorino Salad

This is a super easy and refreshing salad to enjoy after all the heavy holiday meals. Make sure you use the freshest ingredients! I found this recipe in the current issue of Food & Wine. INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 TBS chopped parsley 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper Kosher salt Pepper 1 lb. fresh white button mushrooms, very […]

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Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered shishito peppers are always my favorite and lately they’ve become a popular appetizer item in a lot of restaurants. I grew my own this year and have been enjoying an abundance of them. Here’s a super easy and quick way to prepare them. Ingredients Shishito peppers a little olive oil Kosher salt fresh lemon Heat a cast iron skillet until it’s blistering hot. Toss the peppers with just a small amount […]

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Vodka-Infused Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Remember the abundance of peaches I had? Well, now I’m picking three or four HUGE zucchini a day! I really like zucchini, but after a few weeks of this even I’m getting sick of zucchini. I had exhausted the various ways to cook them. I had BBQ’d them, sauteed them, put them in a frittata, cut them into strips and dipped them in hummus, made ribbons out of them and tossed […]

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The Very Best Grilled Corn Ever–Grazie Mario & Jimmy

I am a huge Jimmy Fallon fan! I was watching his show recently and Mario Batali and his sons were grilling corn…dipping it in balsamic vinegar, and then rolling it in Parmesan cheese! I wanted that corn in the worst way, but it was 1 in the morning and…well…I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I couldn’t stop thinking about the corn and I couldn’t find the clip from the […]

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Oven-Roasted Artichokes With Lemon, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese–A Great Big Burst Of Flavor!

I think this is my new favorite way to eat an artichoke! And you get the extra treat of the roasted garlic in the middle combined with the saltiness of the Parmesan and just a kiss of lemon. I want one right now!   These roasted artichokes are so simple to make–just four ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now–and of course, the artichokes.   Ingredients for […]

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