Lighter Bites

Roasted tomato soup

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It wasn’t until I moved to California that I began to appreciate changes in weather. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and all of that. Growing up, my time was split between Georgia and Texas, and in both states we lived on the coast so the storms could be spectacular. But I took the almost […]

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arugula and peach salad with honeyed vinaigrette

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Okay, so… I know the summer peaches are almost gone, and that’s really a bummer (I love peaches).  But just in case you still have one or two lying around without a purpose I wanted to share this with you.  This salad was inspired by one I had at the Taste of the Nation in […]

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melon and prosciutto

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The other day it was so hot that I did not want anything warm to eat so I sent out a tweet “What is your favorite heat-wave meal?”  I got a few responses, but the one that stood out was from Scott aka Seattle Food Geek: “My fave is a platter of mozzarella, tomato, basil, […]

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Garden fresh pasta salad

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I have been craving pasta salad for about a week now. But we were busy last week so I didn’t really have a chance to make any until Saturday. I went out into the garden and found a couple of yellow squash that looked ready to be picked. It turned out they could’ve used a […]

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bbq chicken with corn and avocado salad

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When I was a kid, my parents owned a fried chicken restaurant for a couple of years (“TJ’s Fried Chicken”… I don’t know who TJ was, they bought the business with the name).  I ate a little too much chicken during those years.  I would go to the restaurant after school to help out cleaning […]

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Rhubarb-strawberry sorbet

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Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never tasted rhubarb. But that first taste was eventful. Dan and I were in San Francisco for the evening. We didn’t have a plan beyond “let’s hang out in the city”. I used to live in SF, albeit briefly (about one year). It’s a great town and […]

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Dan’s bruschetta

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Yesterday was the first day since Friday that I felt more okay than not.  And I was tired of soup.  So when Dan asked for dinner suggestions I said “Not soup… fresh veggies… something simple”.  I had no idea what I would be having for dinner.  I thought he would maybe come back with a […]

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