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Soups & Salads

The Best Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Peach and Burrata Crostini With Franco’s Balsamic

Here’s the perfect dish to celebrate the 4th of July, Bastille Day or Summer–an heirloom tomato, grilled peach and burrata crostini with Franco’s balsamic on a bed of home-grown arugula. I think this is one of the prettiest appetizers you can make and according to my co-workers, the best one I’ve ever shared in the office. (That made me feel good!) Not to mention, it’s really simple to make. INGREDIENTS […]

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Rancho Gordo’s Carne En Su Jugo

   Carne en su jugo is Spanish for “beef with it’s juices”–but one spoonful and you’ll say it means, “This is so delicious I can’t stop eating it!”  I got a wonderful sampler of Rancho Gordo beans for Christmas and couldn’t wait to start cooking. I went to the Rancho Gordo website and saw so many great recipes it was hard to decide which to make first, but I decided to start with carne […]

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Surprisingly Simple Classic French Onion Soup

I love French onion soup! But I don’t make it very often because it’s so time consuming. It takes FOREVER to get the onions to caramelize.  BUT NOT ANY MORE! I just discovered that the crock pot does all the caramelizing for you–overnight…while you sleep. Really. I wasn’t sure it would work, but I had to give it a try. Its amazing. You wake up in the morning and the […]

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A Simple Spicy Arugula Salad To End The Summer

Thank you, Martha Stewart!  This salad is ridiculously easy to make and it tastes so good. Usually I read a lot of recipes for inspiration then make my own version. I was about to add my heirloom tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, but at the last minute I decided to try it Martha’s way. Am I glad I did. But I still found a good use for my heirloom tomatoes–you’ll see what […]

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Spicy Smokey Chicken Tortilla Soup

I was having lunch at True Foods last week with my friend, Susan and we both fell in love with their thick, rich and spicy tortilla soup. She likes to cook as much as I do and we tried to figure out how they made it.    Luckily for us, the waitress just happened to have the list of ingredients that she happily shared. I was surprised when she said […]

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Peachapalooza Part 2: Peach, Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Salad

You’re going to love this Peach, Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad. Wait until you taste the first bite–the warm slightly crispy bread and the salty-lemony dressing with the crunch of the pistachios and the sweetness of the peaches and the fresh tomatoes–it’s so so good. This is definitely my new favorite. I think you’ll want a second helping!   My version was inspired by Stephanie Izard’s recipe for a Tomato, Stone Fruit and Fresh […]

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Need A Side Dish In A Hurry? Try This Super Simple 3-Bean Salad With Fresh Herbs

Did you ever find yourself in that dreaded situation where you’re going to a pot luck but didn’t have time…or worse…almost forgot that you need to bring something? This super simple 3-Bean Salad will solve that problem forever. And it will be a big hit, too! I remember growing up with a version of this salad, but I’ve updated it with fresh herbs and a home-made dressing. Best yet…it’s ready […]

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Radish, Carrot & Citrus Salad (With A Little Help From My Friends, The Nokes)

Finally after months of waiting–a Radish, Carrot and Citrus Salad fresh from my garden! I sowed the carrot seeds last fall and the white radishes in January and here’s how they looked when I pulled them out of the ground.  The oranges even came from my 60+ year old Valencia orange tree. Okay, I had to buy the red radishes. I needed them for color and didn’t realize the ones I […]

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A Guilt-Free BLT…Salad!

I was craving a really good BLT–you know the kind–crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and a creamy dressing on perfect sourdough toast. But at the same time I didn’t want to indulge in all those calories. Valentine’s Day had taken it’s toll.    So I came up with a fairly low-cal alternative–the BLT Salad. And I must say, it was good and my craving was satisfied. And best yet–it’s […]

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Hearty Beef and Cabbage Soup for a Cold Winter’s Night

I love soup and I especially love this hearty beef and cabbage soup on a cold winter day. It’s best if it can cook slowly for at least a couple of hours so I like to start it on a chilly Saturday morning and let the house fill the with rich aroma of the simmering soup.   The other thing I love about soup is that you don’t really need […]

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