Panzanella Salad

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We call this “Annie’s Salad.” Read why below.

When Robin made this salad for niece Annie, Annie dug into it and said “Aunt Robin…this is the best salad I’ve ever had!” Although it is a traditional Italian Panzanella salad, we call it Annie’s Salad when we make it for her. Continue reading

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Pecorino, Yogurt and Black Pepper Salad Dressing

Pecorino cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon zest and fresh ground black pepper.

Pecorino cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon zest and fresh ground black pepper.

This is a simple yet super tasty blend of ingredients and can be made in less than 10 minutes from start to finish. I serve this as a side with grilled artichokes. You might also like to try it with jalapeño poppers, croquettes or a mixed vegetable tray. Continue reading

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Zucchini Bread with Rolled Oats

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Zucchini Bread with rolled oats. Wonderful flavor.

This is a different take on traditional moist zucchini bread. Although not as moist, it is wonderfully flavorful and the rolled oats give it a chewiness that will delight old and young alike. This recipe makes one large loaf. I like to eat it as soon as it cools and then slice it into 1-inch thick pieces that I wrap and put in the freezer for later. It is great, when reheated, with coffee or your choice of tea. Continue reading

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Egg and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

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Served on a lightly toasted potato flour bun.

Looking for a new, quick and tasty breakfast treat this summer? Look no further. This sandwich has it all: fluffy scrambled eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, fresh avocado and spicy Peppadew pepper slices. Better tasting than the drive-thru sandwiches and more nutritious too! Continue reading

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Cremini Mushroom Galette


Crimini mushrooms, sautéed spinach and ricotta cheese.

Cremini mushrooms are younger Portobello mushrooms and are sometimes sold as “baby Portobello” or “baby Bella” mushrooms. They have a firm texture and a wonderful earthy flavor. I use them frequently in soups because they hold up better in liquid than most mushrooms. Continue reading

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Stove Top Mac ‘N’ Cheese

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Creamy-Cheesy Stovetop Mac ‘N’ Cheese.

Want a good homemade macaroni and cheese that is not dry and you don’t have to bake? I could not find a recipe that satisfied my hunger for a cheesy mac so I concocted this easy to prepare dish. It is comfort food in our home. If the mustard and paprika sound too weird you can leave them out without hurting the overall flavor but try it once with them. They provide a subtle flavor that I think you’ll like. Continue reading

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Lentils, Chard, Poached Eggs and Za’atar

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley VegetarianRecipes abound that combine lentils and Swiss chard. But lentils, Swiss chard and za’atar? Bet you can’t find more than a handful of recipes with this combination of ingredients. Continue reading

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