Summer Recipes

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

I made this a few weeks back but have been too busy to post it.  I realized I better get it up before summer is officially over and we won’t be able to find delicious ripe peaches any more! Originally I made this recipe many years ago with my friend and web designer, Jacob.  We made it […]

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad

This fresh summer salad was inspired by something I had at one of my favorite restaurants, Barbrix.  The original dish was made with green and yellow beans tossed in a light vinaigrette and topped with delicious grilled octopus.  While I don’t usually make octopus at home, their preparation of green beans really inspired me to […]

Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Fresh Strawberry Popsicles – 2 ways

I’ve been wanting to experiment with making my own popsicles for long time now but never had proper molds, until my birthday a few months ago.  Not only was I gifted 18 popsicle molds but also an amazing book on how to make them using fresh seasonal produce, called People’s Pops. To jump right in […]

Fresh Strawberry Popsicles

The Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Cupcake

These may look like normal sugar and flour laden cupcakes, but they’re not, they’re healthy!  Besides being grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free and paleo, they are also a sneaky way of hiding zucchini in a dessert. I have tried many other recipes for paleo cupcakes before, but most called for strange ingredients or complicated procedures.  […]

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Super Simple Roasted Tomatoes and Okra

There are some foods that are friends, but I would call tomatoes and okra best friends. They grow in the same season, they have similar textures, they can be cooked at the same temperature, the are both easy to cook, and they taste great together! Longtime readers of the blog might remember my super simple […]

Super Simple Roasted Tomatoes and Okra

Watermelon Margarita

If you are looking for the perfect summer cocktail to sip on this labor day, look no further. This has been a summer favorite since last year, when a friend made a big batch at a 4th of July party and exclaimed how simple they were to make!  Just three ingredients: frozen watermelon, lime juice, […]

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Green Zebra Gazpacho

The green zebra is an interesting variety.  They are grouped in with the other heirloom tomatoes but they are actually a hybrid of two different heirlooms.  Heirloom technically means that the seeds come from pure strains (in other words, they have not been crossed with another variety) so by crossing two heirlooms it actually yields a […]

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Strawberry and Fig Galette with Tahini Honey Cream

I had never made a galette before, but spotted them all over the blogosphere.  They are beautiful and elegant, but look even easier to make then a double-crusted pie or a tart because they consist of a single pie crust with filling loosely piled in and the edges simply folded over.  When I had beautiful fresh figs […]

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Heirloom Marinara – The Good Stuff

I’ll let you know right off the bat that to make some seriously good marinara you need to start with some seriously delicious tomatoes.  I recommend buying organic heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market while they’re still in season.  Because they can be expensive I recommend finding a farmer that has great tasting tomatoes but […]

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Fried Okra with Aleppo Pepper

I tried my hand at cooking okra two summers ago with great success when I made this Super Simple Okra and Miso Marinara over Soba Noodles.  But I kept hearing that fried okra is one of the tastiest ways to prepare this veggie, which often gets a bad rap for being slimy and strange, but it doesn’t have to […]

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Lemon Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio

I get so excited when heirloom tomatoes come back in season that I quite audibly squeal.  I don’t know if it’s the short season (about 2 months if we’re lucky,) or the unique taste that can’t be found in conventional tomatoes, but they are the one veggie I dream about all year long. I consider the heirloom tomato to […]

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Peach Caprese

While I love tomatoes, I’ve become spoiled by working for organic tomato farmers the past two summers.  Their tomatoes have the most amazing smooth and velvety texture with these incredibly unique flavors in each variety.  Most of them are heirlooms and I’ve learned those suckers absolutely will not grow outside of their very specific season (roughly […]

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Dutch Baby with Berries and Honey Yogurt Cream

I kept seeing recipes for dutch babies all over the internet, but it was the version on orangette that made me finally bite the bullet and try out this buttery, over-sized pancake, and boy am I glad I did. Eggs make up for most of the batter, so it’s low in flour and has no sugar, which causes […]

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Bok Choy Coleslaw

The beginning of the grilling season has pulled us outdoors and commanded we try to grill anything we can.  But to go along with the charbroiled treats, I’ve been quite a fiend for coleslaws and tasty raw salads which clear the palate nicely.  I usually skip the mayo, using oil, lemon juice and honey for […]

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Rainier Cherry and Goat Cheese Tart – for Slack Lust

The wonderful people over at Slack Lust have featured a recipe of mine for their most recent issue!  Check out my recipe for Rainier Cherry and Goat Cheese Tart (otherwise known as “Tarty for the Party”) for their Real Housewives theme this month.

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