Fresh Peach & Raspberry Clafoutis

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Raspberry Peach Clafoutis (pronounced "klafuti") is a traditional French dessert made with seasonal fresh fruit, covered in a thick custard-like batter, then baked. It is often served warm with a dusting of confectioners' sugar.  I served mine with the optional confectioners' sugar and a spoon! . . . Continue Reading

Blueberry Crumble Pie

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It's been a while since I rolled out dough and filled it with nature's best fruits.  With all those wonderful berries ripening under the hot summer sun ... well, I couldn't help myself.  Berries and pie are "made-for-each-other."   My new favorite Saturday morning adventure starts at Miller Farms Market where you pick your owns fruits and soon there'll be sweet summer corn too. . . . Continue Reading

Key Lime Pie ~ Ice Cream Sandwiches

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For more summers than I can remember I've made a key lime dessert.  It's a thing.  Something I need to do.  Those little tiny key limes call to me ... by name.  While I adore key lime pie I thought it would be fun to bring the flavors of a pie to a frozen ice cream (gelato) based treat that even my grandson would like - Key Lime Pie ~ Ice Cream Sandwiches.   These are petite . . . Continue Reading

Tomato Cobbler – ‘Garden to Table’

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This is seriously one of the best tomato dishes I've ever made ... strike that.  This is one of the best things I've ever had for dinner eaten.  All day I've tried to come up with the proper superlatives to describe this wonderful, delicious, slightly sweet, savory, rich and absolutely delightful Tomato Cobbler direct from our Garden to Table!  Oh my goodness - fresh homegrown tomatoes, . . . Continue Reading

Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus

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Are you a fan?  A hummus aficionado?  Have you ever opened a container of the smooth stuff only to realize  you almost devoured it all in one sitting?  I hear you and I understand.  Have you tried warm Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus?  There is a local restaurant we like that serves warm homemade hummus much like it is in the above photo.  This is my idea of a great easy meal on the deck.  The . . . Continue Reading

Mediterranean Sandwich on Tomato Basil Focaccia

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We don't eat out very often but when we do, we're very picky.  One of my favorite places for a quick, fresh meal is Panera Bread.  Panera makes wonderful salads and soups, and of course, lots of lovely bread.   That's where I got the inspiration for this Mediterranean Sandwich on Tomato Basil Focaccia.  I've been trying to come up with a tomato sandwich bread but for some reason it . . . Continue Reading

Assorted Fresh Fruit Popsicles

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Over the last few years I've made a bunch of popsicles, but very few recipes were deemed "blog worthy".  That's what happens when I try to get all fancy-schmancy.  Sticking with simple, fresh, natural ingredients, like those in my Assorted Fresh Fruit Popsicles, is the best plan for me.   Many mornings I enjoy a fruit smoothie for breakfast and it occurred to me that my breakfast may . . . Continue Reading

Strawberry Shortcake Scones

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Simple pleasures are the best and the tried and true recipes of old are still hanging in there.  I remember my mother making strawberry shortcake in the summers and it was greatly enjoyed by all those who were lucky enough to get a piece.  Mom made the shortcake in 8" rounds so once the strawberries were added and the syrup drizzled, the dessert was served immediately.  I like the idea . . . Continue Reading

Strawberry Agua Fresca

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Last Saturday morning I headed out to a local farm (Miller Farms Market) to pick a few strawberries.  I arrived at 8:00 a.m. sharp just as they were opening for the day and ended up picking more than 20 pounds of strawberries in less than an hour.  I worked a small 20 foot section of a very long row near the end of a large field and had to make myself stop before I couldn't carry any . . . Continue Reading

Easy Pasta Salad with Zesty Italian Dressing

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Do you have one of those go-to recipes that is easy to make, packed with flavor, and a favorite every time?  This Easy Pasta Salad with Zesty Italian Dressing has been my mayonnaise-free, summer side for the past 25 (+-) years.  It's easily adapted to include your favorite vegetables, cheese or dressing.  This is my version of a cook-out classic!   Tri-colored Rotini pasta is . . . Continue Reading