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Lavender Lemonade

Try this relaxing and refreshing summer lemonade at your next al fresco party.  Lavender is known for it’s soothing properties, mix in with fresh lemonade to have the perfect chill for hot summer days. Ingredients: (makes 4 servings) 1 cup simple syrup 1 cup lemon juice (about 6 lemons squeezed) 1 small bottle Pellegrino 2 cups cold water 2 drops …

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Yogurt Fruit Tart

I recently discovered this fruit tart recipe when asked to make dessert for a neighborhood party.    The crust is made from cashews and dates, just add some greek yogurt and decorate with fresh fruit. You will need: 1 1/2 cup unsalted cashews 17 Medjool dates vanilla greek yogurt fruit of your choice ( I used kiwi, clementines, strawberries, blackberries, …

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Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

Definitely made with LOVE, this hearty chicken soup will warm you up on a winter day.    Ingredients are: 5 lasagna noodles cooked al dente 2 large carrots 2 celery stalks 1/2 medium white onion 1 large garlic clove 1 tbsp olive oil 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock 2 1/4 cups shredded chicken 1 tbsp chopped parsley While the lasagna …

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Holiday Pine Cone Cheeseball

This easy and delicious pine cone cheeseball will be a favorite for holiday gatherings.   With just 3 ingredients, it’s super quick and has a lovely presentation for your table. To make, soften two blocks of cream cheese, add the packet of Ranch dressing mix (not the dip) and 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese.   I used a mix of sharp and …

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Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini pancakes??  Yes, you are reading correct!   A sweet and salty veggie pancake for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack.   Super easy, just blend and grill.     Ingredients are: 4 eggs 2 cups chopped zucchini 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 teaspoons baking power 1/4 cup melted butter sprinkle …

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Light and refreshing, watermelon agua fresca (fresh water) is a delicious thirst quencher on a warm summer day. Popularized in Mexico, agua fresca is simply fruit blended with a bit of sugar and lime juice (I added mint for a little extra kick).       Ingredients are (serves 4) : 4 cups of chopped seedless watermelon 1/2 cup water …

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Brie, Currants and Honey

‘Tis the season for entertaining!  This brie, currant, and honey cheese plate is perfect for those expected or last minute guests.   Brie, a handful of currants (in the raisin section at the grocery; look for the orange box), a couple tablespoons of honey and petite toasts are all that’s needed for a pretty presentation.      Decorative plate currently …

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Vegetable Farro Salad

Farro is a whole grain similar to barley, with a nutty flavory and chewy consistency.  Commonly grown in Italy, Farro is used in soups and salads since it is a healthy, filling food.  Grill some veggies and add Farro for a colorful crowd pleasing main or side dish.     You will need: farro 3 carrots 1 yellow pepper 1 …

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Mummies and Broomsticks

Happy Halloween!  Check out these not so sweet kids treats for your trick or treater.  Mummies and broomsticks, simple and easy for this holiday. String cheese broomsticks are a no bake treat,  you will need: string cheese pretzel sticks chives First cut the string cheese in half, then use scissors to slice the ends.    Then, add pretzel stick to …

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Burrata Caprese

Using the remainder of garden tomatoes in a Burrata Caprese salad. An Italian cheese, Burrata is made up of an outer layer of fresh mozzarella filled with shreds of mozzarella soaked in cream.  It is quite fragile, handle with care.   See below a photo of the Buratta cut, so you can see the inside.    To make the Caprese …

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