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February 15, 2016
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Individual Baked Croissants with Caramelized Fruit

I’ve been experimenting with ideas for breakfast bread puddings or baked French toast. I didn’t want too much bread and I wanted to include caramelized fruit. When I saw a package of fresh croissants at Costco, the idea came together. I wanted to bake them in individual containers. There’s something very appealing about having our […]

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October 22, 2015
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Olive Tapenade Tart with Ricotta Cheese

This is another one of those recipes that I can put together using pantry staples. I always keep different kinds of olives in my pantry, frozen puff pastry thawed in the refrigerator and whole milk ricotta or soft goat cheese in the cheese drawer. Even though I make my own tapenade, you can even use […]

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August 3, 2015
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Israeli Salad & Tzatziki

Israeli Salad is so simple to make and fresh tasting that it’s a great addition to any summer party. I use small Persian cucumbers that don’t even have to be peeled. Could it be easier? You can tweak this basic recipe by adding finely diced purple onions or even diced Kalmata olives. In the Pulled […]

Spicy Walnut, Beet & Carrot Salad

July 9, 2015
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Spicy Walnut, Beet & Carrot Salad

This menu has so many assertive flavors that I wanted a salad that was equally assertive and also fresh and delicious. This salad is really all about the dressing. My tasters were asking if they could just eat it right out of the bowl on crackers. The flavors are a bit exotic and seductive. Maybe […]

May 27, 2015
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Multicolored Salad

Even people who don’t like salad will be drawn to the kaleidoscope of colors and flavors in this dish. I use an organic herb salad mix I find at Trader Joe’s. Next time you reach for that boring bag of lettuce, try this instead. It includes: organic baby lettuce, red and green romaine, red and […]

Cut artichoke hearts into fourths or eighths. Combine artichokes, olive oil, tarragon, lemon juice.

May 6, 2015
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Marinated Artichoke Hearts with Tarragon

I always keep jars of artichoke hearts packed in water in my pantry. I can incorporate them into a vegetable puree, a green soup, an artichoke pesto or in this case as part of my antipasto platter. I prefer artichoke hearts packed in water over those packed in oil. I don’t like the type of […]

March 6, 2015
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One-Bite Cherry Pies

I knew we had ordered a very rich chocolate vanilla cake for dessert and I wanted to make some one-bite treats to accompany the cake. I wanted something fruity and I came up with these one-bite cherry pies. The great thing about this recipe is that you can substitute any type of dried berry and […]