Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad

Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad Delicious, light but satisfying, and a great way to use your old bread and fresh veggies. ½ loaf of Italian or rustic bread, somewhat stale is ok, rock hard isn’t. Cut into bite size cubes and toast in oven at 350 until crisp. 1 cup chopped tomatoes ½ cup chopped […]

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Chilled Tomato and Avocado Soup

Chilled Tomato and Avocado Soup – serves 4 1 lb ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 cup tomato juice ¼ cup red onion, loosely chopped 1/3 cup cucumber ½ red bell pepper 2 cloves garlic 2 tbs olive oil 1 tbs balsamic vinegar 5-7 basil leaves Dash of sugar Dash of cayenne pepper, like it hot? Add […]

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Olive Cherry Tapenade

Olive Cherry Tapenade – serves 8-10 as an appetizer 1 ½ cups pitted olives of choice, chopped fine. I like Kalamata. 1 cup pitted fresh cherries or 2/3 cup dried cherries, chopped fine 1 tbs basil leaves, stacked and cut with a sharp knife into slivers 2 scallions, white part chopped fine 1 tbs fresh […]

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Ginger Lime Cooler

  Ginger Lime Cooler – 12 servings 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 tbs grated, peeled fresh ginger root 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice Bring sugar, water and ginger root to a boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Cover, turn off heat and let sit overnight. Strain and add lime juice. For […]

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Shrubs – a delicious, refreshing drink

Shrubs – a delicious, refreshing drink Shrubs are a drink from American colonial days made with vinegar, sugar, fruits and herbs. They were used as a thirst quencher and are easy to make and great for using up seasonal produce. They can also add a nice tang to cocktails. My most recent recipe was chopped […]

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Thai Veggie Noodle Salad

Thai Veggie Noodle Salad – serves 8 Here is a really delicious salad using fresh ingredients that can be made ahead of time and enjoyed at a summer concert or picnic. Dressing 2 tbs toasted sesame oil ½ cup canned coconut milk, (freeze the remainder for future u 1-2 garlic cloves 3 tbs honey or […]

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Arugula, Strawberry, Radish and Goat Cheese Salad

Arugula, Strawberry, Radish and Goat Cheese Salad – serves 2 2 cups arugula 6-8 fresh strawberries, lightly rinsed right before serving, sliced 2-3 small radishes, cut into strips 2 tbs of crumbled goat cheese, you can also use blue or Roquefort, parmesan or asiago. 2 tbs or pine nuts (optional) Balsamic vinaigrette (recipe follows) Lightly […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Strawberry/Rhubarb Crunch – serves 6-8 Filling 2/3 cup sugar 3 tbs flour 1 lb strawberries, sliced 3 cups diced rhubarb 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice Topping ¾ cup flour ½ cup rolled oats ½ cup brown sugar 1 stick butter 1 tsp cinnamon Preheat oven to 375. Mix filling ingredients in bowl and place […]

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Snap Peas with Pesto and Pine Nuts

Snap Peas with Pesto and Pine Nuts –serves 4-6 1 lb prepared snap peas, watch video on prepping 1/3 cup basil or pesto of choice (recipe follows) ¼ cup pine nuts 3-4 strips of cooked bacon (optional) Cook snap peas in a large pot of boiling, salted water for about 5 minutes. They should still […]

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Roasted Broccoli with Lemon/Lime Vinaigrette and Pistachios

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon/Lime Vinaigrette and Pistachios Easy and very tasty way to serve this superfood. 1 bunch broccoli, lower half of stem cut off, remaining stem and florets cut into bite size pieces. 2 tbs olive oil Juice from ½ lemon Juice from ½ lime Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup toasted pistachio […]

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Irish Smoked Salmon Grilled Cheese

Irish Smoked Salmon Grilled Cheese Okay, it’s a bit decadent, but so delicious! 6 oz smoked salmon, thinly sliced or flaked.  (I love the salmon from the Aurora based Honey Smoked Fish Co, but any brand will do) 6 oz cream cheese, room temp, you could also use gruyere, swiss or gouda 1 tsp chopped […]

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Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits This is a fast, easy, delectable dish. I will sometimes puree roasted red or green peppers in the food processor or blender and drizzle over the dish as a finishing touch. 3/4 cup instant grits 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 4 tbs butter 1lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 4 cloves garlic, […]

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