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Beaches and Basil, Carmel

We had no particular plan for our drive down Highway 1, with the exception of seeing the ocean. After making it to Big Sur and wandering around the village of Carmel, we decided to stay for an early dinner. Carmel is remarkably pet friendly, meaning there are dogs everywhere.  Knowing this, we brought out little dog,…

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Roasted Tomato Dill Soup

On afternoons when I am working at home, I love to have a pot of soup simmering on the stove. This soup is great because it doesn’t require a lot of prep work and it comes together really quickly. It doesn’t need to cook down for hours because most of the flavor is developed in…

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Chimichurri Sauce

I have had chimichurri that is far too vinegary or garlicy, but I think this version strikes a nice balance. For me, it is all about adding some lemon to brighten the flavors and using a mellower vinegar that doesn’t overpower the herbs. Chimichurri is traditionally served in Argentina with steak. I actually used the…

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Coconut Quinoa Pudding Parfait

I like to mix things up for breakfast. I am always on the hunt for healthful and different ideas that often leave J asking, “What exactly IS this?”. Barley, oatmeal, quinoa, it is all fair game on our breakfast table in savory and sweet variations.  This only takes a bit more effort than standard oatmeal,…

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Ginger Peach Skillet Pie

I recently saw a pie baked in a cast iron skillet at the King Arthur Flour Blog.  This sounded like a pretty fantastic idea and I vowed to try it.  The cast iron helped the base layer of the pie bake evenly and warded off any sogginess.  It also looked pretty cool and rustic.  I…

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Daring Bakers: Dobos Torte

The August 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers’ cookbook Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. There are many birthdays in our families over…

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