Strolling through the farmer's market on a humid summer morning is enough inspiration to seek out the best salad ingredients you can find. I returned recently with beautiful radishes and purple scallions. Combining that with my balcony garden herbs...
I went out to my balcony garden and found the swiss chard growing towards the sky, big and strong. It was so pretty to look at, but at some point I had to realize that I grew it for...
There is nothing more refreshing to me on a hut summer day than cold, cold watermelon. Pineapple is great, too. So are melons! I just love them all and I love them cold. I made these kebobs because not...
The summer season is when I truly crave Insalata Caprese (Capri-style Tomato & Mozzarella Salad) this dish because it reminds me of being in Italy during the summer time. Hot, arid days in Sicily bring out the best in...
I've taken an unexpected break from blogging, partially by choice and partially not. I've been developing and testing recipes for cooking demos I plan to do at the upcoming annual ISNA convention here in Chicago. I'm also working on articles for...
A great summer dish to leave you satisfied and refreshed all at once this hangar steak can be grilled indoors or out. Prepare the salsa first so the steak isn’t waiting t0o long to be accompanied by its sweet &...
This is such a light pasta, perfect for warm early spring or summer days. Bring home fresh vegetables from the garden or farmer’s market and come hone to enjoy cooking a quick and easy meal. If you can’t find...
If you don't have time to jar all those end of summer fruits, try this recipe instead for a wonderful spread. It's absolutely delicious on toast, croissants and even pancakes. There's no pectin needed, no jarring or preserving necessary-...
I've been in search of u-pick cherry farms for quite a while, but missed the season (in the Midwest it's from late July to Mid-August). My next craving was for peaches, so a little research told us there are...
I.  Love.  Tomatoes. Being Sicilian, you sort of have to or you may never eat. Ok, that's a bit extreme, I realize.  All jokes aside,  I really do love all the creativity this wonderful summer food allows me to have in the kitchen...

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