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Sesame Sunflower Crunch | Cooking Component

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Sesame Sunflower Crunch

When it comes to textures, I’m all about the crunch. This is why I gravitate towards chips, crackers, and granola. This sunflower crunch is a mix between toasted nuts and granola. It’s simple on ingredients but the end result is a multi-use mix that adds the perfect crunch to soups, salads, […]

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Sweet Corn Polenta with Sun-Dried Tomato Relish

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Sweet Corn Polenta with Fried Egg and Sun-Dried Tomato Relish

There are a few summer staples that happen every year. Roasted tomato salsa, grilled zucchini, and this fresh polenta. Traditionally, polenta is made from dried/stone-ground corn. This version relies on using fresh summer sweet corn. The texture is different but the flavor of the polenta is all summer warmth. I usually […]

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Roasted Butter Tomato Sauce Pasta

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Roasted Butter Tomato Sauce Pasta

Post sponsored by the French Ministry of Agriculture. See below for more details. Since having a child, I’ve found myself eating more foods from my childhood than I ever thought I would. Peanut butter sandwiches now with fig jam. Grilled cheese sandwiches updated with romesco and avocado. And pasta by way […]

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Crepes with Tomatoes and Butter Hazelnuts

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Crepes with Tomatoes and Butter Hazelnuts

Post sponsored by the French Ministry of Agriculture. See below for more details. One of my first forays into cooking was for my school’s international dinner night. I was in French class and within the first few weeks of class, I became obsessed with French culture. I thought the language and […]

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Ricotta Toast with Butter-Fried Peppers

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Ricotta Toast with Butter-Fried Peppers

I’ve noticed an increase of toast offerings at local coffee shops. Avocado, vegetables, and fruit are all popular items but what caught my eye at the last coffee shop was the ricotta toast. Good ricotta is delicious (and better yet, it’s actually quite simple to make at home). Add it to […]

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Loaded Summer Veg Burger with Fried Egg

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Summer Loaded Veg Burger with Fried Egg

Post sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. See below for more details. I feel like I’ve truly hit adulthood in the past few years, marked by a love of runny eggs. I could easily eat a ghee-fried egg and toast for breakfast every morning, just swap in and out some […]

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Grilled Pear Halloumi Salad with Walnut Dressing

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Grilled Pear Halloumi Salad

Post sponsored by California Pear. See below for more details. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of driving down interstate 5 from Sacramento and seeing all the produce grown. It can be humbling to drive among the various orchards and realize just how much produce is produced on the valley floor. […]

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Chickpea Tomato Bread Salad with Arugula Pesto

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Overhead Shot of Chickpea Tomato Bread Salad with Arugula Pesto

Heirloom tomatoes are king of the summer. There’s nothing quite like the taste and texture of a perfectly ripe tomato. Take that and add a few of my favorite items for this delicious bread salad. A peppery arugula pesto is the flavor while the toasted bread brings the texture. I could […]