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Gazpacho – A Perfect Spanish Summer Salad

I am savoring every last moment of summer, and the local tomatoes are the highlight of my favorite summer soup, Gazpacho. I learned how to cook this in Spain, when I lived in the college town of Salamanca. While there are several versions, some including day old bread that is soaked in water, mine is simple and very easy (no blanching, chopping). But there are a few things that truly make this taste authentic and flavorful; organic tomatoes, Persian […]
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Back To School: Quick Tips for Dinner

  Kids are going back to school, and that means the hectic, weeknight rush to get dinner on the table is back on, sigh. I wanted to share one of my favorite tricks for getting my kids out of the kitchen so I can get dinner cooked quickly. Below is another family favorite, my classic Bolognese. Since I last posted it, I’ve modified it by making it in my InstantPot, so my cook time went from 6-8 hours in a slow cooker… to 30 minutes!!! […]
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Watermelon, Heirloom Tomatoes and Feta Salad

I absolutely love making and serving this salad. I had guests over for an impromptu dinner by the pool and luckily I had all the ingredients to whip this up.  Refreshing, elegant, vibrant and mostly, simple. The combination of sweet watermelon, juicy heirloom tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, bright herbs and salty feta is perfection! Watermelon Salad with Feta and Herbs 1/2 medium watermelon, cubed in one inch cube 1 large or two medium size […]
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Zucchini Fries with Green Goddess Dipping Sauce

What could be tastier than hot, crispy, crunchy zucchini fries dipped in cool, herby green goddess dip? My expression in this video says it all, ha! Hope you try it out for your next party, or even a weeknight dinner side! Zucchini Fries 3 zucchinis, sliced into thin spears 1 cup of cake flour or cornstarch 2 eggs, beaten, with a splash of water 1-2 cups of panko 1/4 cup of parmesan 1 tbsp fresh chopped dill tsp of salt, plus more for seasoning oil for […]
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Electric Pressure Cooker: The Only Appliance you Need

image courtesy Pomepian Olive Oil I gave away my slow cooker, my pressure cooker and a couple of old sauté pans. I’ve replaced them all with an electric pressure cooker that can do it all. Mine is by Black + Decker (but there are a few others that make this like the InstantPot) and I’m obsessed. Last night I wanted steamed artichokes, in 20 minutes I had tender leaves that were perfectly cooked. There’s a setting a foolproof […]
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Quick Tips: 3 Dips and Salad Dressings You Need

There are a few recipes my friends always ask me for, my Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette, Ranch Dressing and Green Goddess Dip. They’re almost too easy to make, but I take all the credit! Liven up any veggie platter or salad with these and I swear your guests will lick their plates. Greek Green Goddess Dip 1 cup low fat plain Greek Yogurt 1 cup low fat mayonnaise 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 cup fresh mint 1/2 cup fresh parsley 1/2 cup fresh basil 1/2 […]
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