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SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: CUCUMBER APPLE MINT COOLER

Smoothies are standard fare around here all year round, but they never taste so good as in summer. So I thought I’d do a series of posts featuring four favorites. They’re recipes I developed for Cooking Light Magazine that run the gamut from mega-nourishing to sweet treats. All will fill the bill for cooling you off on […]

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HONEY BALSAMIC TOMATO CROSTINI
A HANDS DOWN SUMMER FAVORITE

I was thinking of calling this Tomato Candy, but then I worried that visions of chocolate-dipped cherry tomatoes might trip across your imagination and you’d wonder if I’d lost my marbles. More apt would be to call it Candied Tomatoes because that’s what happens when you lap summer’s best tomatoes in a brew of honey and balsamic and then […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Having kids home for the summer is seriously cutting into my writing time, which is why several weeks rolled right on by without My Week in Food.  In the event of another dry spell, you can always catch what I’m up to on Instagram. For now, let’s talk about 4th of July, which suddenly seems forever-ago. […]

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SOURED ON SUMMER CAMP SNACKS…
AND WHAT I DID ABOUT IT

Picking up my youngest daughter after her first day at soccer camp last week, I was filled with delight. Dozens of  girls of all ages were running around on the expansive green of a university field as energetic young coaches encouraged them along. The blue skies overhead and majestic backdrop of St. Ignatius church on the hill just […]

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BURRITO BOWLS!
AND A YEAR OF WHOLE GRAINS CONTINUES

Dipping into the obscure this month in my Year of Whole Grains series, meet “Miss July”: Sorghum. This one’s a complete (and welcome) newcomer for me. Its sole downside, as far as I can tell, is its homely moniker. Sorghum. It sounds more like cough syrup or an ingredient in shelf-stable pudding than a mega-wholesome, toothsome, appealing whole […]

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UPSIDE DOWN BUTTERMILK PLUM CAKE

I’m plum crazy about this cake. It’s plum delicious. Plum pretty, too. The recipe is a riff on one that my sister-in-law, pastry chef, Alison Sullivan, developed for a story I wrote for the San Jose Mercury News. I’ve made it half a dozen times since. The original is nothing short of plum perfect. I pulled […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

The Week in Food got off to an auspicious start when dozens and dozens of perfectly ripe Blenheim apricots landed on my doorstep from an apricot farmer in thanks for a favor. Realizing how such favors can pay off, I’m officially pimping myself out to support/aid/help any and all summer fruit farmers. Pass it on. […]

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BEST OF TRADER JOE’S: ROUND TWO

A few years ago I posted my Trader Joe’s Fab 15, a list of top picks for shopping at this popular food market with a cult-like following. I figured it was time for an update since the store has brought in new goodies and I’ve made new discoveries. As I said then, “In a perfect world, I’d do all […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Started the week off with a toast party in honor of the dad in the house. Mr. Mom’s Kitchen was gifted a shiny new toaster for Father’s Day, so we felt obliged to break it in. Not exactly a new surfboard, but it does make some killer toast. Breakfast for a crowd the following morning involved […]

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CREAMY MANGO SORBET POPS

I hope you have dreamy plans in store this summer. Like cycling across Tuscany. Or across town to your neighborhood pool. Hiking the Himalayas. Or your favorite regional park. Exploring the wild waters of the Adriatic. Or the sleepy creek that runs alongside your house. Wherever you go, or don’t go this summer, you’ll need […]

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