Tomato Basil Bruschetta (Revisited): Quick ‘N Easy Style

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For an easy appetizer, try this tomato basil bruschetta. Your mouth will thank you!

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When we made this Fresh Minted Pea Soup the other day, it was just crying to be accompanied by some Tomato Basil Bruschetta. You know, while at the end of the day, the most important to me is what something tastes like, food always scores bonus points to look pretty as well. And well, it’s tomato season, too. So bring it on! Read more ›

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Fresh Minted Pea Soup: Classic Style

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For a burst of summer freshness, try this minted pea soup. It’s like split pea soup’s more attractive brother that somehow nobody knew about. And you can have it on the table in about 30 minutes!

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I’m a lover of all things soup.  It is hard for me to turn down a good soup, so when gazpacho gets old in the summer, I find myself turning to this wonderful fresh minted pea soup. Read more ›

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Strawberry Italian Cream Soda: Quick ‘N Easy Style

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This Strawberry Italian Cream Soda is the perfect way to hang on to summer for just a bit longer. For a real treat, throw some mint and basil into the syrup for a nice mix-up.

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You know, this August has been a little strange around here. It’s still had its scorchingly hot days, that’s for sure. But there have also been a lot of rainy days and just generally overcast days, and it’s been getting cool at night. I love it! But, it is a reminder that cold weather is just around the corner.

I don’t like to jump the gun though. While a lot of fruits and veggies are still hitting their peak right now for harvest, gotta take advantage, for now, as well as for a future rainy day! I’ve still been enjoying my fair share of strawberries at the end of the season, and just froze up a few for future use. And I just bought about a million peaches yesterday. Yes, you heard me. One Million. Or maybe just 1/2 bushel. But it’s a lot. We can pound them quite quickly around here though, and with any leftovers I’m thinking I’ll have to freeze them up for future pies, cobblers, and other likeness when a cold day calls for it. Or maybe a peachy variation of this italian cream soda…. Yes, that would work nicely. It seems I’ve pondered on this with past cream sodas as well, so I think it’s time to give it a go. Read more ›

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Herbed Lemonade (Mint, Basil, Dill): Gourmet Style

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Ever had mint lemonade? Basil lemonade? How about both….and throw in a little bit of dill? Seriously, this herbed lemonade is something you need to try….NOW!

Herbed Lemonade (with Basil, Mint, and Dill) at Herbed Lemonade? I can hear the inflection of doubt in your voice. But you can buy in a little ‘cuz you’ve had mojitos or basil or mint in a fresh fruit salad. But then in the parentheses: Dill? And I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: GROSS. But, seriously, you would be wrong. I first had a taste of this herbed lemonade variation at MacCool’s, my favorite little Irish Pub up in SLC, and I was skeptical, too. I’ve had drinks with mint and drinks with basil, but never both, and then….dill? I gave the waitress a crooked look, and she reassuringly said, “No seriously, you’ve got to try it. (whispers) And also, it’s not that much dill.” So I decided to give it a chance. And then I was sold.

Now, maybe you are skeptical about the whole herb concept in general. But it’s really just a faint afterthought to the drink that will leave you slightly surprised and pleasantly refreshed. Read more ›

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Pavlova with Yogurt Whipped Cream and Fresh Fruit: Gourmet Style

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 Pavlova is a simple meringue “cake” with a crunchy exterior and marshmallow interior. It is commonly served with whipped cream and fruit.Pavlova with Yogurt Whipped Cream at

Let me introduce you to my friend pavlova.  I was introduced to it years ago from a church friend back in Utah, and they will never be forgotten because of it.  The husband ditched his traditional birthday cake in order to make sure I  make him a big one every year. Read more ›

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Leipziger Lerche (Apricot Marzipan Pastry): Gourmet Style

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 Leipziger Lerche is a unique almond and apricot marzipan pastry originating from Leipzig, Germany.

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Oh my gosh! This is a recipe that I have been meaning to get up for ages now – it’s like the one that I’ve had ready, but just not quite ready. Because every time I went to go publish it, I realized that I didn’t actually have all of the measurements specified very well, or the directions……or basically anything! Geez. Does this happen to you to? I’m not always the best at writing down my recipes and adjustments as I make things so I have to go and decipher a bunch of jumbled notes later. Makes sense to me, but it probably wouldn’t to you, and I figured you deserved a cleaned up version so you wouldn’t secretly curse at me under your breath when attempting this recipe.

Anyway, it’s apricot picking time! I just had a neighbor give me a load last week, and now my in-laws said they got some more for me! So I figured a great way to celebrate this was to make some Leipziger Lerchen (Apricot Marzipan Pastries). Read more ›

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