Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork

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There's a divine beauty in the summer season that can be experienced through our sense of taste when we place certain vibrant flavors onto our tongues so that they may awaken our palettes. And awaken them they do! The juice of a yellow lemon is at its sharpest and cleanest when tasted in the direct glowing hue of a golden sun ray; and the flavor of fresh, delicate basil is made more fully green and freshly grassy when partnered with that particularly good and tangy friend. ... {more please!}

Crispy Cauliflower Burger, and For Everything There is a Season

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The melody and the words to the famous song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds floats quietly yet pointedly in my mind as I sit here reflecting on how very quickly life seems to go by, and all of the changes that it brings along with it. My husband and I just recently had our yard slightly re-landscaped and covered with fresh green sod; and during the process it struck me, as I looked at the who-knows-how-old-by-now yellowed and thatchy grass that sat in dry clumps ... {more please!}

Tomato & Pesto Grilled Cheese, Crazy-Good Seasonal Food

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So it looks like there's going to be no getting around it: the warm weather is officially here. In full disclosure, I'm a little sad to see the coolness go, because we truly had no winter here in southern California, and I can only imagine how hot and dry our upcoming summer is going to be. (No! Say it aint so!) I'm not a fan of hot weather; can you tell? But OK, if we must welcome the warm season in, then we can at least ... {more please!}

“Velvet Elvis” Cupcakes, A Sweet, Nutty Treat Worth Going Bananas Over

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Supposedly, Elvis Presley was my first crush. My parents love telling me stories of how when I was two years old, I would sit in utter rapt attention, my eyes fixed in a mesmerized gaze, anytime the literally-larger-than-life rock icon would appear on the television screen. It seems I had some strange obsession; perhaps it was the groovy music, his shimmery and bright outfits, or maybe it was that fantastic charisma that he oozed, but my little toddler brain was magnetically drawn to him. Funny enough, ... {more please!}

Greek-Style Smoked Sausage Skillet Over Orzo, A Perfect Quick-n-Easy Dinner Challenge

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When I think about the recipes that I develop, I wouldn't necessarily describe them as complicated per se; but since I'm definitely someone who loves layers of flavor and often include at least a couple of separate components within most of my dishes, I can understand that a little extra “elbow grease” is usually called for. So when I decided to present myself with the little challenge of developing a simple-yet-elegant entree using no more than 5-7 main ingredients, taking no longer than 15 minutes to ... {more please!}

“Mojito” Grilled Chicken Salad, Inspired By a Refreshing & Summery Spirit

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You know, I'm not much of a drinker, to tell you the truth. Every now and then, perhaps on a special occasion, or when my husband and I are looking for purposeful relaxation and are craving slowly sipping on something slightly sweet, fresh and cold while we get lost in a deep conversation, we'll have a little something-something to wet our whistles and to leisurely enjoy. And though it is fairly rare that we drink, there are times when my hubs gets into the mood to ... {more please!}

Simple Lemony Chicken & Spring Veggie Soup, A Little Sunshine In My Spoon

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There's a quality to the late spring and early summer sunlight that is different from any other time of year; it's yellower, brighter and seemingly more deliberate, somehow. The sun shines down on us from a high point in the mellow blue sky in this warm season, and for me, takes on an almost “tangy” quality—a lemony and piquant “high note”. Late spring and early summer remind me of one of my favorite pieces of produce that I so often use to liven up so many ... {more please!}

Soft & Pillowy Blueberry Breakfast Rolls, and a Sweet Request for Passion

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This morning at the table having a sweet little breakfast with my husband, we got on the topic of passion and how when it's plentiful, life has such clarity and meaning; but when it's lacking, moving through life can be a little like moving through murky waters that are hungry for the sun's rays to penetrate through. Really, there's nothing like passion to get a job done, and done well and with full intentionality. At this point in my life, I cannot escape the fact that ... {more please!}

Thai-Style Peanut Chicken “Spring Roll” Wraps, Spring’s Perfectly Fresh & Easy Little Meal

Thai-Style Peanut Chicken “Spring Roll” Wraps, Spring’s Perfectly Fresh & Easy Little Meal post image

I've often said that I could very easily make a complete meal out of an order of Thai-style spring rolls; I love 'em! So cool, crisp and refreshing with their shredded greens, herbaceous basil and mint, and matchstick cucumbers and carrots—chicken spring rolls with their sweet and mildly spicy peanut dipping sauce are the perfect light and healthy meal. And making them at home is quite fun and easy, the only slight hassle being grappling with the sticky rice paper; so I've got a tasty little ... {more please!}