Apricot and Blueberry Galette

stone fruit galette

It pains me to say it, but my husband doesn't really care for pie. It's something about the fruit-to-pastry ratio. However, I love to make pie because it's fussy and fiddly and when you get it right, it demonstrates a lot of technique. The fact that I gravitate towards more difficult recipes probably makes me unusual among cooks. A galette, ...

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Food Swap in Orlando

food swap

I'm going back out on the road tomorrow to do two book events in Orlando, Florida! On Saturday morning, at 10 am, I will be participating in a mini food swap and signing copies of Food Swap at Bookmark It, Orlando's premier independent bookstore. Bookmark It is located in the East End Market, a neighborhood market and cultural food hub inspired ...

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Fava Bean and Pea Spread with Mozzarella and Mint

fava bean spread

Summertime and the living's easy. This summer, I am all about outdoor entertaining. In our new house, we have a beautiful deck that overlooks our backyard and believe me when I say that it is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine or host friends for an casual or elegant gathering. This summer is such a busy one for my family, with the ...

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Rick Bayless Summer Cooking Demonstration

rick bayless at macy's

Today’s post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s. As always, all opinions expressed herein are my own. Restauranteur, author, television star, Rick Bayless has been educating American audiences about authentic regional Mexican for decades. His restaurants are destinations for Chicagoans and tourists alike. And the city is ...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Lattice Pie

strawberry rhubarb pie

It was pie as procrastination -- there is no doubt. Faced with a long list of overdue tasks and a full inbox, I chose instead to stop time and bake a strawberry rhubarb pie with a picture-perfect lattice top. The farmers market strawberries were on their last legs and the stalks of rhubarb were only getting stalkier. Email can wait. Produce ...

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Celebrate Strawberry Shortcake Day at Macy’s

strawberry shortcake recipe

Today's post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s. As always, all opinions expressed herein are my own. In the spring, a young cook's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of strawberry shortcake. (That's what Tennyson said, right?) Apple pie is wonderful and all, but strawberry shortcake may just be the all-American ...

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Review of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars

marisa mcclellan

Home food preservation expert, Marisa McClellan, whom I am delighted to call my friend, has once again revolutionized the field, this time with her latest book, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars. Featuring over 100 recipes for jams, jellies, sauces and more, all sweetened with natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar and dried ...

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Food Swap Events and Ancho Chile Pecans

food swap

As some of you know, my first book, Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing and Giving was published this month. I am incredibly proud and excited to introduce this labor of love to the world. Food Swap is a joy to look at: full of beautiful photographs and charming design elements. I think the recipes are pretty terrific too. But don't ...

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Get Weekly Meal Plans with EatLove

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On West of the Loop, I strive to offer you, my readers, delicious, healthy, from-scratch recipes for main courses, side dishes, and desserts that fit into your families' lifestyle. Having grown-up in a household with two parents who work outside the home, and having been a mom who, at various times, has worked outside the home, stayed at home and, ...

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Quick Pickled Asparagus with Shallot and Tarragon

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Thanks to Riveridge Produce for sponsoring today's post. Look for Michigan-grown Riveridge asparagus in stores this spring! The season for local Michigan asparagus is short. Too short if you love asparagus as much I do! But you can continue to enjoy asparagus for a few extra weeks by pickling them. Now, don’t panic: this recipe is for a ...

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Soy Sesame Asparagus Rice Bowl

rice bowl asparagus

Thanks to Riveridge Produce for sponsoring today's post. Look for Michigan-grown Riveridge asparagus in stores this spring! It's finally asparagus season! Are you as happy as I am? Yes, I know that today you can buy asparagus all year round. In a world where asparagus are always available, does asparagus season have any meaning? Well, for ...

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Grilled Purple Sweet Potatoes

purple-sweet-potatoes-platter

Oh, purple. The color of royalty. The color of luxury. Ever since the world lost Prince a few weeks ago, we've been seeing purple everywhere. But purple has always been my color of choice. In fact, it's my favorite color. But until recently, I have not expressed my love of purple through food. There are simply not that many purple foods to be ...

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Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

mother's day brunch menu

I strongly believe that you should not go out to eat on big restaurant holidays, like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. The restaurants are crowded, the prices inflated and the waitstaff harried. Restaurant critics will tell you the same thing but then give you a long list of restaurant recommendations anyway because that is their job. So, my ...

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Passover Meal Ideas

passover dinner ideas

Are you looking for dinner ideas that are kosher-for-Passover to get through the rest of this week? Me too. I have combed through my archives to find some of my favorite wheat-free recipes to make your Passover meal planning easier. This is also a great list of gluten-free meal ideas for those times you are hosting friends or family who avoid ...

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Matzo Ball Soup

matzo ball soup recipe

Passover begins this Friday, April 22nd, at sundown and Jews all over the world are preparing for their Seders. The Passover Seder is the most widely celebrated ceremony in the Jewish year. Even Jews who do not observe any other religious ritual will host or attend a Seder. There is something magical about the idea that Jews all over the world ...

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Chocolate Teff Cake for Passover

passover desserts

Teff it out! When it comes to Passover desserts, I have a new favorite flour: teff. What's teff? An ancient grain native to eastern Africa, teff is most familiar to Americans as the basis for injera, the spongy, slightly sour (because it's fermented) pancake-like flatbread served at Ethiopian restaurants. Teff is considered to be kosher for ...

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Raspberry Lemonade Virgin Mojito

virgin mojito recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewWayToSparkle #CollectiveBias I'll take a sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Virgin Mojito, please. That sounds amazing. Doesn't it, though? Tall. Cold. Fizzy. Tart. Sweet. The perfect thing to sip while lounging on the tropical beach of ...

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Garlicky Salmon and Snow Pea Rice Bowl

salmon rice bowl

What's for dinner tonight? If you're lucky it's this Garlicky Salmon and Snow Pea Rice Bowl with soy-lime dressing. Light, healthy spring cooking doesn't get any better than this.  And you don't even need to make a special trip to the fish monger. That's because that beautiful salmon filet you see there is Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Salmon with ...

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How to Make Sourdough Bread at Home

homemade sourdough

On Valentine's Day this year, I had a special date. No, my husband did not take me out for a fancy dinner. Instead, my friend Gena and I went to a class at Bunny, the Microbakery, the latest venture from Food and Wine Best New Chef-winner Iliana Regan, to learn how to make bakery-style sourdough. It seems that Gena and I are part of a larger ...

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How Truvia is Sharing a Sweet Future

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Today's post is sponsored by Truvia who has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to positively impact rural Bolivian communities. Truvia's Sharing a Sweet Future Initiative launched in 2012 as an effort between Truvia and the United Nations World Food Programme to improve the lives of thousands of children in rural Bolivia ...

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San Francisco with Kids: Where to Eat

where to eat in san francisco with kids

San Francisco may be home to twenty-something tech millionaires and celebrities who are known for being off-beat (think the Robin Williams and Sean Penn), but it is also a surprisingly family-friendly destination — especially if your family likes to eat. My family recently spent a few days in the Bay Area as part of a California spring break ...

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Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up

easter recipe ideas

Easter is this Sunday and although my family is not celebrating the holiday, we do have some fun plans. We are taking advantage of the fact that the children don't have Hebrew school (because of Spring Break) and the cancellation of my husband's Sunday morning pick-up basketball game, (because of Easter) to go out to a rare family brunch! As a way ...

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Meme’s Pickled Cucumbers

quick pickled cucumbers

I write a lot about my Jewish heritage and how it has shaped me as a cook, but I have another set of culinary influences on my mother's side of the family and those influences are Swedish. I had one Jewish grandmother and one Swedish grandmother. So I get to claim both culinary traditions. My Swedish half's time to shine is Christmas, which ...

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Voveti Venetian Spritz

mother's day brunch

When I told my friend Gena that I was working on a recipe for a Prosecco cocktail, she said, "My second favorite beverage after coffee!" How true! Prosecco is my preferred sparkling wine and just about my favorite thing to sip at a cocktail party or with hors d'oeuvres. There are many kinds of Prosecco on the shelf, but I always reach for ...

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