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Summer Fest: Creamy Peach and Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Creamy Peach Smoothie

I’m joining in on Summer Fest again this year, but I can hardly believe it’s summer.  In some ways, it seems like I just moved back to Fresno, but as the temperatures recently started up into the hundreds, I had flashbacks to last year and realized that this is my second summer here.  I’ve been back here, in the place where I grew up, for more than a year.  Well, it’s definitely starting to feel like home again and I’m happy to be here. Continue reading →

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Radiatori with Tomato-Cream Sauce and Fresh Basil

Radiatori with Tomato-Cream Sauce and Fresh Basil

After my recent post about the huge dietary changes I’ve made, I’m sure you’re rather surprised to see this big plate of pasta.  Yes, I ate some of it.  It was fantastic.

I guess this would be a perfect time to tell you a bit more about my approach to low carb eating.  Yes, I have almost completely cut grains out of my diet for now (and many other things as well).  I plan on eating this way for the rest of my life because I feel better than I ever have.  I haven’t eaten pasta for about three months and for the most part, I really haven’t missed it much.  And that’s because I’ve never had any intention of completely restricting myself from a food that I love so much.  I will sometimes eat pasta, but when I do, it will be with intention.  It will be made with wonderful, fresh ingredients and it will be shared with the ones I love.  Maybe I will only eat a few bites, which is what I did last night, maybe I will eat a bit more.  I just don’t know yet.  But one thing I do know is that it will never be a last-minute meal thrown together from a box, consumed in front of the television.  Never. 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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Spring Fling: Artichokes

Welcome back to Spring Fling!  This week we’re celebrating artichokes and I decided to share some of my favorite artichoke recipes from the archives as well as some recipes from other food bloggers that I’m dying to try this season.  What’s your favorite way to eat artichokes?  Feel free to share links to your own favorite recipes and don’t forget to check out all the artichoke tips, tricks, and recipes from my Spring Fling pals at the end of this post. Continue reading →

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Fool

Fresh Rhubarb and Strawberries

It’s Spring Fling time again and this week we’re talking about rhubarb.  You may remember that I came to know rhubarb for the first time only a couple of years ago, but it’s been a love affair ever since.  I love its tart, astringent nature and while most people won’t eat it until it’s been cooked and sweetened, I love to pop a few pieces in my mouth while chopping it up for compote, or pie, or delicious Rhubarb Blueberry Turnovers.

To celebrate rhubarb this week, I decided to combine it with some of our extra-sweet local strawberries and a bit of local honey to make a compote.  I then layered the delicious compote with extra sliced berries and lightly sweetened whipped cream to make a wonderful new-to-me dessert called a fool.  I don’t know why it’s called a fool (although I’m sure Wikipedia does), but move over Strawberry Shortcake, this Strawberry Rhubarb Fool is now my favorite spring dessert! Continue reading →

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Spring Fling: Asparagus Gratin

Asparagus Gratin

Remember Summer Fest?  Well, spring has sprung and I’m once again getting together with a fantastic group of bloggers to celebrate some of the best of spring produce.  We’re calling it Spring Fling!  This week, asparagus is the guest of honor, so make sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post and see what the others have cooked up with this delicious spring veggie.  Click around and join the conversation by sharing your own tips, recipes, or links.

I used to hate asparagus.  After onions, it was the most-loathed vegetable of my childhood.  Unfortunately, my parents loved it, so I remember lots of asparagus stare-downs that sometimes landed me in my room directly after dinner.  On asparagus nights, my mom took pity on me and I was only required to eat two small spears, but even that was a struggle that included lots of whining, possibly a few tears, and most likely some dramatic gagging. Continue reading →

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Sweet and Spicy Chinese Five Spice Roasted Almonds

Chinese Five Spice Roasted Almonds

I love plain roasted almonds, but sometimes I crave something with a little more pizazz.  Flavored almonds from the store can be good, but they’re often overwhelmingly salty, not to mention expensive.  So, I decided to come up with my own recipe for spiced roasted almonds.  Continue reading →

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Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan

Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan

Most baked dips, while usually delicious, aren’t exactly healthy.  I love a nice creamy baked artichoke dip or a warm pinto bean dip covered with melted cheese, but they aren’t something I feel like I can indulge in all the time.

That’s why I’m so happy I discovered this Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan from Faith Durand’s new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Casseroles.  It satisfies my craving for a decadent warm dip, but is healthy enough to enjoy whenever I want.  The dip is a snap to make and uses pantry staples like canned beans, olive oil, and bread crumbs so it’s easy to throw together for unexpected guests or impromptu gatherings. Continue reading →

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