Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pasta with Fresh Basil Purée and Tomatoes

This pasta dish is one of the simplest and tastiest I make, using the best of summer ingredients – fresh basil and tomatoes. You only need to heat the stove to boil water for the pasta. My CSA bag from … Continue reading

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Couscous Salad with Summer Fruit

I have been reading two recently purchased cookbooks by the late British author and Middle Eastern food expert, Arto der Haroutunian Vegetarian Dishes From Across The Middle East and North African Cookery. They are not new books, but reprints from … Continue reading

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Zucchini with Carrots and Lemon

I am always looking for new ways to use vegetables at this abundant time of year. This last week’s CSA bag from La Nay Ferme had several zucchini and I made this tasty sauté using carrots, garlic, and lemon. I … Continue reading

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Blueberry Blackberry Crumb Bars

I sampled some blueberry crumb bars at a bridal shower a few years ago and they were so flavorful I have wanted to try making them at home ever since. Now that it is the height of the berry season … Continue reading

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Summer Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

Panzanella is a great, versatile salad because you can use a variety of fresh, seasonal produce. Traditionally, panzanella is made with bread that is soaked with water and squeezed dry, then tomatoes, onions and basil are added with an oil … Continue reading

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One Year, One Hundred Posts – My Favorite Summer Dessert – Fruit Galette

Today marks my blog’s first anniversary, and I will celebrate it with my 100th post. I had my first year all planned out in advance, but as I continue to try new recipes, discover new ingredients, and create new dishes … Continue reading

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Apricot Jam

Apricot season is here and, since it is one of my favorite fruits, I am enjoying daily consumption while the fruit is fresh and ripe. I make a variety of desserts with apricots at this season and every year I … Continue reading

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Greens and Beans with Lemon Sauce

Each week I look forward to my CSA bag from La Nay Ferme. Everything is so fresh and appealing. This week I received a bag of mixed greens (kale, Swiss chard, beets with their greens), green beans and peas, salad … Continue reading

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Red Currant Raspberry Cherry Ice Cream

Several years ago a neighbor let us take a start from their prolific red currant bush. Now we have our own bush and this summer it has begun to yield fruit. We harvested just a cup of beautiful currants and … Continue reading

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Blueberry Pie

Every 4th of July we go to my mom’s for an early afternoon barbecue and swim, then we return home to host our evening block party. The menu at my mom’s changes from year to year, but one thing is … Continue reading

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