Entries Tagged 'Herbs and Spices'



Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Honey Coriander Vinaigrette

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Have you eaten too many chocolate bunnies and deviled eggs lately?  This pink grapefruit and avocado salad is a delicious way to transition into healthier spring eating.

We’re actually on the tail end of citrus season around here, but the pink grapefruit that arrived in my CSA box reminded me of this salad I made last year and I had to finally share it with you.  This Grapefruit Vinaigrette with Honey and Coriander is so delicious on its own that I kept the salad nice and simple.  I tossed together some butter lettuce, chopped avocado, and grapefruit segments and it made a perfect light lunch.  Continue reading →

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Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary and Garlic

This was originally posted on election day four years ago, but I’m updating and bringing it forward because I have the same message for you today and these oven-baked sweet potato fries with rosemary and garlic are just as appealing to me now as they were back then.  These delicious baked sweet potato fries have so much flavor, you’ll never miss that they aren’t deep-fried. Continue reading →

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Apple Carrot Salad with Cilantro

Carrot Apple Salad with Cilantro and Feta

I had this delicious apple carrot salad with cilantro and feta for lunch today and although I’ve never combined these exact flavors before, I’m really happy that I gave it a try.  The sweetness of the apples and carrots is cut by a tart lemon vinaigrette and the cilantro and feta turn an ordinary side dish into something really special. Continue reading →

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Fresh Corn Salad with Bacon

Fresh Corn Salad with Bacon

For those who still have access to fresh sweet corn and tomatoes, I wanted to share a delicious recipe I put together for Fresno Flavor using our local produce.  If you’ve never tried a corn salad with bacon, I suggest you give it a try!

Sweet Corn, Bacon, and Tomato Salad recipe at Fresno Flavor

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Summer Squash with Tomatoes and Aleppo Pepper

I’ve been reading about Aleppo pepper for a few years now, but I’ve always had a hard time finding it at the store and I’m trying not to make so many online food purchases.  I figured that I would run into this elusive spice someday and sure enough, that’s what happened last week.  I’m really not sure how it took me an entire year to notice that multiple stores in Fresno stock this amazing crushed pepper.  Thanks to the large Armenian population here, we have some fantastic local markets filled with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean spices and crushed Aleppo pepper is readily available at all of them. Continue reading →

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Herbed Cheddar Parmesan Crisps Recipe

Cheddar Parmesan Crisps

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there probably hasn’t been a whole lot of “me” showing up in the blog lately.  Sure, I’ve been sharing recipes, might have talked about the weather or the Farmer’s Market a few times, but I’ve been pretty guarded about what I share.  Yes, I’ve mentioned the divorce, and all the moving I’ve done in the past year, but there’s been something else going on with me lately. Continue reading →

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Basil Mint Pesto with Walnuts

Zucchini Ribbons with Basil Mint Pesto

I had some bunches of fresh basil and mint in the fridge that needed to be used up, so I combined them with olive oil and walnuts for a bit of a different take on my usual pesto.  The resulting sauce was beautiful and when I tossed it with some sauteed zucchini ribbons, I ended up with a quick, bright, and refreshing lunch. Continue reading →

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Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

I follow lots of great chefs, home cooks, and food enthusiasts on twitter, and find it a constant source of kitchen inspiration.  This recipe was inspired by one of my favorites, Patricia Jinich, also known as Pati of Pati’s Mexican Table.

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