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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

My good friend, Alex, recently became a citizen after living in the U.S. for 28 years. He’s originally from London, England and has lived all over the states, and he recently decided it was time to make himself “official.” I’ve never been to an oath ceremony and I thought it would be fun to support my […] Read more…

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Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Pizza

Grilled pizza is one of my go-to dishes during the summer months when it’s peak peach season, but I also like to substitute grilled figs in the fall. I haven’t experimented with pizza sauce yet—my version usually incorporates ingredients that work well with just a little olive oil brushed on the crust. Read more…

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Panzanella

I can’t get enough of this healthy, crunchy bread salad. Sometimes I make it in the beginning of the week and eat it for lunch the next few days, but is also makes a great refreshing dinner on hot summer evenings.  Read more…

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Crockpot Meatballs

These days I’m loving the simplicity of a delish crockpot meal. These meatballs were easy to make, and got a big thumbs up from the hubby, who considers himself a meatball expert of sorts. INGREDIENTS Low moisture mozzarella cheese ball 1 pound ground beef 1 pound hot Italian sausage 1 jar of your favorite tomato […] Read more…

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Deviled Eggs

Happy Easter! Nothing reminds me of today’s celebration more than deviled eggs. My grandmother and great-grandmother always made a sure we had plenty of this delightful treat for our Easter family gatherings. Now that the Easter Bunny has left you with a basketful of hard-boiled eggs, try this twist on the classic recipe.  Read more…

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Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies

These cookies were the brainchild of the Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé, made famous by Dorie Greenspan, and given their current name by Richard Gold, who is convinced that a daily dose of these cookies is all that is needed to ensure planetary peace and happiness. I love baking up batches of these as Christmas gifts for friends […] Read more…

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San José Del Cabo

Bobby and I desperately needed a relaxing beach vacation. We planned to visit Hawaii, but a hurricane started brewing so we changed the destination a day before departure. Cabo was the only beach destination that was easy to get to and wasn’t forecasted to rain. We stayed in a swim-out room at Secrets Puerto Los […] Read more…

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Pumpkin Pie

My new favorite thing to do in the fall is visit the pumpkin patch because, well, it’s decorative gourd season. And, then I go over to my friend’s house and we make homemade pumpkin pie! Read more…

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Blueberry Fool

The dessert is great for the person who doesn’t like cake—I know, I know, but these people do exist in my life, and I’m still friends with them—and it’s also a light, refreshing summertime treat that can be made with any seasonal berry. Try it with raspberry, blackberry, marionberry, etc. and let me know what […] Read more…

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Berry Picking

We took Jeremy and Ashley, our “new to Seattle” friends from San Antonio, berry picking at Biringer Farms in Arlington, WA. We scored some amazing raspberries and blackberries. I think I’ll make a raspberry crisp and a blackberry fool. Read more…

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