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Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

As many of you who tune in and read my blog know, I am inspired by the food that each season brings. I frequent the farmers markets whenever I can, I pay attention to specific produce that grows during each season and I try to eat as locally and organically as possible.

My husband and I have a house with a good amount of land that we are currently not using. Idea deep with plans to landscape, I find myself often wandering outside and thinking, “Hmmm…a tomato plant would be just perfect here.” Or, “basil and lemon thyme would fit nicely in these pots.”

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Super Summer Gazpacho

Super Summer Gazpacho

There is nothing that says summer to me more than a juicy ripe tomato. Why? Because it has all the sweet, simple goodness that keeps us refreshed and energized after a long day in the sun. Yes, it is jam-packed with nutrients that keep us strong and fight disease. Yes, it’s super versatile and can be used in a myriad of dishes. But what really makes my mouth water is using it to make my spicy summer gazpacho. It’s always a crowd pleaser. It’s filling but light, spicy but sweet and packs a nutritional wallop while whittling down your waistline. What could be better for summer? Try my recipe and you wont have to wait 20 minutes before getting back in the pool.

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Light & Luscious Chocolate-Coffee Chip Ice Cream

Light & Luscious Chocolate-Coffee Chip Ice Cream

I’m an ice cream fan, plain and simple. There is nothing that sends me into a state of giddiness faster than the cool, sweet, velvety smoothness of a decadent milk based frozen dessert. I often settle for frozen yogurt because I’ve convinced myself I’m doing my figure a favor. But ultimately, between the heavy corn syrup laden frozen desserts on the market, there is nothing 'healthy' or comparable to this ice cream at 150 calories a pop.

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The Snappy Spring Pea

There is the distinct sound of rain pelting against my window as I write this, but that's not putting me in a soggy mood. Why? Because  it's SPRING! This is the season every chef and foodie yearns for all year long. The spring is when the cold begins to dissipate and the magical jewel toned veggies poke their way into the sun light and flirt their way into your kitchen. The beauty of spring produce is the fresh, juicy simplicity it offers. With a splash of citrus, a drizzle of oil and a dash of sea salt, even a sweet little ordinary pea can dress up like a rock star.

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Soup Up 2011!

The New Year in Southern California is upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be relieved that Mother Nature has finally given us a rest from the heavy rainstorms that dampened our moods in late December.

Our New Year’s resolutions may be forcing us to tighten our budgetary belts for now, and the weather may be keeping us indoors more than usual, but that’s no reason to be gloomy. Take advantage of the coziness of the season and whip your self up a simple and seasonal ‘stoup’ that will be as effortless to make as it is delicious to enjoy. Yes, I said stoup. This is a cross between a hearty stew and a healthy soup. And the best part is, it doesn’t matter what you put in it or how thick it ends up being; it’s delicious every time. So if you find you want something warm and cheap that packs a nutritious punch for lunch and dinner, look no further than the stoup.

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