Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup)

When Fred (my husband) and I were first dating, he mentioned something called Caldo Verde.  (Note that in Portuguese, which is his native language, the -de sounds like -gee.)  I had no clue what he was talking about.  Then he described it to me.  Still nothing.  After we got married, he made it once or twice, but did I ever try it?  NO.  It had that leafy green stuff in it.  And that meant it […]

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Provolone Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Arugula-Oregano Pesto

Sometimes I say to myself, “Really?  You’re going to post this on your blog?  Something people don’t really need a recipe for?”  And I say answer, “Yes.  I am.  Because you never know.  And it’s really, really tasty.  And look how pretty it is!” So here’s a recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich. :) My family goes crazy for pesto.  I can’t remember the last time I just made plain old basil pesto.  Probably since […]

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Gorgonzola Stuffed Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Balsamic Drizzle

If my husband hadn’t already proposed to me 10 years ago (I said yes), he probably would have proposed on the spot after eating this burger. For reals.  This is that kind of burger, friends. We’ll be celebrating Independence Day in the U.S. next week and I bet if you put this on your menu it would be a huge hit. Seasoning the ground beef with Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic and fresh rosemary adds […]

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Finca, Salt Lake City

I met up with some friends a few weeks ago for lunch at Finca in Salt Lake City.  I’m not up on all the new, hip restaurants in SLC like I should be.  I leave that to Becky and then go where she recommends.  (Note to self:  spend more time in Salt Lake.) “Derived from the Spanish word for vineyard and farm, Finca features contemporary Spanish cuisine sourced from Utah producers. Utilizing Pago’s (our sister […]

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How To Pit Cherries Without A Cherry Pitter

Cherry season has arrived!  Let’s all give a hip-hip-hooray!  Today I want to share a tip I learned years ago from The Martha about pitting cherries without one of those handy-dandy cherry pitters.  If I had a cherry tree of my own, I’d buy one.  But this is good enough for us occasional pitters. How To Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter: If you have a cherry pitter, awesome. If you don’t, allow me to […]

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Potato Salad with Peas and Sorrel and a Creamy Lemon-Herb Dressing

I made this dressing to go on a really good salad (greens, cucumbers, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, nuts) that I took to a family party over the weekend.  I wanted to drink that dressing.  I used Greek yogurt, but tried it again using sour cream and mayo, because I was out of yogurt.  Either way is really good.  It was a huge hit.  And I may have said quietly, “Anyone else want some salad and […]

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Creme Brulee Ice Cream

Every so often a dessert comes into your life and you think: This is my favorite. That is how I feel about this ice cream. Years ago I formulated a recipe for Creme Brulee Ice Cream.  I remember looking around for the perfect recipe, wanting to put my own twist on it.  I ended up caramelizing sugar and pouring it onto a silpat-lined baking sheet, then breaking the hard caramel into shards to stick into […]

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Stocking an Art Cupboard + Antipasto Salad

It’s summer and besides being outside, all my kids want to do is create works of art.  Design Mom and I teamed up to bring you 4 Secrets to the Ideal Art Supply Cupboard. And is it too hot to turn on your oven?  Beat the Heat with Antipasto Salad–I’m sharing my husband’s favorite salad over at Make and Takes today.

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Beet Green, Carrot, Apple, Orange Juice

Here’s a quick juice recipe that I really enjoyed earlier this week. I don’t love beets yet.  Still need to keep eating them until I do.  My neighbor gave me some of his famous beets–4 large ones with tons of greens attached.  I saved the beets for another use, plus they keep much longer than the greens.  The greens are soooo healthy and you should never, never throw them away.  Deal? This is a very […]

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Kale, Potato, Navy Bean Hash with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Cress

We’ve been super busy this week and I haven’t had a lot of time to cook as much as I’d have liked. We’ve been relying on quick meals. This is one recipe I made for lunch today, in fact, that came together in about 20 minutes including chopping. It uses leftover baked potatoes, but fresh would be fine too. I tossed in the other ingredients based on what I had in my fridge and needed […]

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