Snacks

Mango and Canary Melon Gazpacho

August 9, 2012 Snacks

The first time I ever tasted gazpacho I was working in a four star restaurant in Knoxville, TN. It seemed a strange concept- cold. fruit. soup.- and I couldn’t really see the point. But that first taste was one I’ll never forget. It was sweet watermelon with a warmth from cayenne pepper, truly special. Gazpacho [...]

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Pineapple, Mint and Coconut Milk Shake

July 23, 2012 Beverages

Here we are, midway through the summer. The heat these past months has steered me to lighter foods so that if I had to choose a theme for this summer’s eating, it would be, surprisingly, vegan.  It’s not something I consciously aspired to, but everyday decisions helped me get there. Being a vegetarian it’s easy [...]

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Tomato and Cheese Tarts with Basil

July 19, 2012 Favorites

This is a very exciting post for me! Kitchen PLAY asked me to participate in its “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event, sponsored by LAND O’ LAKES Deli Cheese. (See below for more details about the event.) My assignment was to create a fun, summer dish featuring Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend deli [...]

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Canary Melon and Cilantro Salad

June 17, 2012 Salads

Allow me to introduce you to the canary melon. Canary melon is amazing. It’s sweet and juicy, like honeydew dipped in sugar crystals. You could eat it like candy for dessert. I discovered this delightful fruit by happenstance. I asked the grocer about it and he sliced one up on the spot to let me [...]

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Greek Isles Potato Salad with Lindsay Olives

May 24, 2012 Favorites

As you may recall, I’m not a fan of boring potato salad. I don’t do the gloppy, goopy, mushy stuff. No thanks. However, I do like tangy, crunchy, soft, and filling. A good potato salad in summertime is hard to beat. Lucky for me, Lindsay Olives called. (I’m a huge fan of their olives which [...]

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Pistachio and Avocado Crostini

May 10, 2012 Side Dishes

  I’m posting this recipe a little late in the game. I first sampled these crisp crostini treats at book club some six months ago. Since then, I discovered they’re a popular feature on the menu at Cork, one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I’ve been meaning to write about them for ages. They are [...]

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Strawberry and Pecan Quinoa with Honey Lemon Dressing

May 3, 2012 Breakfast

This dish may not be much to look at but it is delicious and versatile. It makes a great breakfast or snack. I actually ate several forkfuls before dinner last night. I couldn’t resist. You’ve got sweet, tart strawberries mingling with the buttery pecans and the quinoa is right there binding it all together. Amazing. [...]

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Strawberry Tacos

April 30, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

It’s kind of a funny story how I came up with this recipe. I glanced quickly at the cover of this month’s Cooking Light magazine- the one with all the taco recipes on the front- and saw what I thought were strawberry and chocolate tacos. I thought, “What a great idea!” and then I took [...]

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Raw Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

April 26, 2012 Salads

This is probably one of the brightest, most colorful salads I’ve eaten. I love how the vivid orange, red and green make this salad seem so cheery. I also love how this salad gives me tons of energy and really fills me up, though it’s super light. My sister says I can’t call it a [...]

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Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Chips

April 23, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Last week, my husband bought a bag of baked apple chips from Whole Foods. They tasted amazing and the ingredients seemed surprisingly simple. As this blog is all about simple foods, I had to make my own. I caution you that the baking time required for these chips is several hours. It’s not ideal, but [...]

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