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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 […]

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Baked Sweet Corn Farro Risotto with Cheddar

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Overhead shot of sweet corn farro risotto topped with parsley

Post sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. See below for more details. I’m a glutton for heat. I’ll gladly brave my oven being on if it means I can get a comforting meal on occasion, especially one that involves summer produce. It’s hard to go wrong with sweet corn in the summer […]

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Roasted Tomato Sauce + 3 Ways to Use it

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Roasted Tomato Sauce + 3 Ways to Use it

Every summer, I try and keep a couple cherry tomatoes plants alive. I use cherry tomatoes more often that not (any color/variety will do). They are a great snack, perfect on salads, and as you can see, wonderful in a sauce. This post is all about a super simple roasted tomato […]

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California Avocado White Bean Dip

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Overhead, Close-up shot of a white bean avocado dip topped with charred limes.

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details. When someone asks me about my background, I think they assume I’ll say something about photography or cooking. While I’ve done both for over a decade now, I actually started in music. I have two degrees, geared towards music education and […]

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Tomato Sandwich with Olive Tapenade and Hummus

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Tomato Sandwich with Olive Tapenade and Hummus

Over the years, we’ve become beach people. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as spending the day at the beach, reading and playing in the sand. While I typically throw whatever we have on hand in the cooler, sometimes I’ll make up sandwiches; like these tomato sandwiches. This tomato sandwich is my […]

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Garlicky Yogurt Green Beans with Walnuts

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Side Angle Photo of yogurt green beans that have been blanched and tossed with walnuts and yogurt sauce.

While I have my favorite summer produce (sweet corn), green beans are a close second. I know that may sound strange but I absolutely adore fresh green beans. I grew up with mostly only eating canned green beans at holidays and even that was sparse. I didn’t fall in love until […]