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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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Apricot Cream Scones

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Here’s a favorite scone recipe that I’m pulling forward from the first year of my blog.  This one features dried apricots in place of the more traditional currants.  The slightly tart bursts of apricot are a wonderful addition to the rich, tender cream scone.  I hope you enjoy this blast from the past, which was originally published on December 13, 2006. 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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Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil

Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil

While living in Sicily, my diet revolved around a few main staples during the warmer months: tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, olive oil, and bread.  I never grew tired of simple dishes like Insalata Caprese and Bruschetta al Pomodoro and I don’t think I ever will.  Each year, as the weather warms up, I start looking forward to tomato season, knowing it will bring plates of layered tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and trays of toasted bread topped with chopped tomato to my table once again. Continue reading →

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Zucchini and Tomato Gratin

Zucchini Gratin

This is a recipe from the archives that I decided to dust off and pull forward to help you use up all the delicious zucchini and tomatoes that I hope you’re inundated with. Enjoy!

It’s still hot here, but the nights are cooling down enough that I’m starting to believe that I might have actually made it through another summer. By the end of August in Fresno, it starts to feels like the summer will never end.  School starts, Halloween decorations appear in stores, friends in other parts of the country start talking about pumpkin this and maple that, but the heat is still stifling and it’s hard to even imagine that jeans and sweaters will ever be needed again.  But it’s September now and something has started to change.  The daytime temperatures are in the 90′s rather than 100′s and if I sleep with a window open and the fan on, I am actually comfortable under a blanket at night instead of just a sheet.  Fall might not be here yet, but at least the end of summer is in sight.  I’ll take what I can get. Continue reading →

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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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Summer Fest: Creamy Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Creamy Cucumber and Avocado Soup

The Summer Fest party continues this week and the guest of honor is the cucumber.  When I started thinking about what recipe to share today that would highlight one of my favorite summer vegetables, I came up blank.  I don’t usually cook with cucumbers… I just love to eat them!  I love them so much, I almost always have cucumbers in the fridge.  Continue reading →

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