Recipes

Fattoush

September 15, 2017 Featured Recipe

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A traditional Lebanese salad, the Fattoush is made with toasted, or fried, flat bread. Here we use pita bread. By coating the pita with olive oil prior to toasting, it won’t tend to get soggy once the dressing is added. To transform this into a ‘full meal’, simply add some shredded chicken or shrimp and […]

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Forbidden Rice Ramen Spring Rolls

September 5, 2017 Appetizers

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This recipes has been hanging around in my ‘I have to try this’ pile for some time now. This past weekend, I finally got around to making these delicious spring rolls, a recipe from Lotus Foods. This morning, everyone went to school with them packed in their lunch — I believe we have a new […]

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Figs: Making the Most of the Season

August 31, 2017 In Season

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It is fig season here in Northern California, and our fig tree is ready to burst with this deliciously sweet fruit. This year I’m determined to make the most of the tree’s offerings, and leave very few on the tree for the birds to peck at.   With their smooth skin, soft flesh and honey, […]

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Pork Stew

August 21, 2017 Featured Recipe

Pork Stew

Once all ingredients are prepped, this stew will be ready before you know it. Warm and inviting, we love this as a Sunday Night dinner, paired with a delicious crusty bread. 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1-1/2 lbs boneless pork loin, cut into 3-inch chunks salt and freshly ground pepper 2 large celery ribs, finely diced […]

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Summer Entertaining: Keep it Going

August 20, 2017 Blog

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We’ve been gone for most of the summer, and this weekend is the last one before school and the fall sports calendar begins. We’re determined to make the most of it. At this stage of the summer, you may be winding down your weekly backyard barbecues and beach get-togethers with friends, but here in the […]

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Vietnamese Quick Chicken Pho

August 18, 2017 Featured Recipe

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Rice noodles and shredded chicken, served in a comforting hot broth, then topped with delicious garnishes, ensures this easy-to-make Vietnamese style phò is a family favorite. 12 ounces wide, flat noodles, medium width, or rice vermicelli 4 cups canned chicken broth, plus 4 cups water 2 Tbsp fish sauce 3 slices unpeeled fresh ginger 1 […]

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Popsicle Frenzy

August 11, 2017 Blog

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A little recent research revealed to me that the popsicle was ‘invented’ here in the Bay Area in 1905 by a young boy named Frank Epperson, who lived in San Francisco. He left his powdered soda mixed with water and a stirring stick out on the front stoop overnight. Anyone who knows San Francisco summers, […]

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Maraschino Chewy Cherry Bars

August 6, 2017 Cookies & Bars

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Mom’s readying her entries in the Cuyahoga County Fair today. Lucky me, because there are extras. This tasty oatmeal bar is made even more delicious with the addition of one of my childhood favorites — maraschino cherries. Clearly, this easy oatmeal bars satisfy any large crowd. Crust 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup quick-cooking or […]

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Pizza on the Grill

August 5, 2017 Food

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Pizza night is a family tradition we enjoy nearly every Saturday eve. In fact, when alternate Saturday evening plans keep us from our family pizza night tradition, the kids are quick to complain. Some evenings we are more adventurous than others, and most evenings, the kids are in the kitchen helping us prepare the pizza […]

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Cracker Jack Ice Cream Cake

July 23, 2017 Desserts

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This recipe from Cook’s Country arrived in my inbox just as I was looking for a refreshing summer dessert for a dinner party. Surprisingly easy to make, I omitted the Cracker Jack, but no one noticed, as it was as fun to look at as it was to eat! (I also made my own caramel […]

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