Summer Dessert: Roasted Plum and Nectarine Crisp

I remember making myself sick from eating too many plums as a young kid. If it weren’t for a distinct memory of the event, I would likely repeat the incident today. The unforgettable juiciness of black and red plums, and their smaller, tarter, and easy-to-eat-far-too-many of them Italian counterparts are still some of my favorite stone fruits. My great grandparents had an Italian plum tree in the field of their farmhouse.   I have vivid memories of my Great Nonnie cooking everything in gobs of butter, riding their very grumpy horse with my Dad, and eating as many plums as I could pick! Lesson learned about that last one. (Especially. before…

Summer Salads and Sides: Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Some salads are green.  Lots of salads are pretty.  But some salads are SHOWSTOPPERS! This salad has my whole heart! Say “hello” to a lllll of the stonefuits!  Peaches, plums, and cherries.  Plus, sweet blueberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil leaves, and chopped almonds for crunch!  Drizzled with most amazing champagne vinaigrette – made with champagne vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice Oh, and did I mention the GIANT ball of burrata in the center?  No?  Well, there is a giant, creamy, gooey ball of fresh burrata cheeeeeeese in the middle.  In. Heaven.   This salad is gorgeous, delicious, and packed with all of the amazing fresh flavors of…

Summer Road Trippin’: Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars

Healthy, portable, and easy to make snacks that keep me going without making a mess are my kind of snacks!  This summer I have brought these chewy dark chocolate cherry quinoa bars everywhere.  They have gone with me: on more than one road trip backpacking hiking kayaking as pre and post race “fuel” in my purse on a plane When I find what I like, I tend to put it on repeat.  And I am a super fan of these chewy bars.  Can you tell? I have a KILLER time finding protein bars that actually taste good and aren’t packed with sugar and processed ingredients.  So far I’m batting in…

Summer Road Trippin’: Oven Dried Strawberry Trail Mix

Did everyone have a wonderful 4th of July???  I hope so!  We rolled it all into a 4 day weekend and went out to our fam’s cabin.  Was great to relax but if anyone lives in Eastern Washington or northern Idaho… How are you all surviving the pollen in the air right now???  I wouldn’t describe any of us as being allergy prone and yet, we all felt like we were in foggy-headed allergy comas! Regardless, I did lots of reading in a hammock, hiking, and cooking over a campfire! But, to get to the cabin, we had a very looooong car ride.  6+ hours.  Long car rides mean car…

Summer Salads and Sides: Loaded Blueberry Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon

When we bought our house, it was the back deck and yard that sealed the deal. It becomes my summer office.  Under the shady canopy of cedar trees, its the most relaxing place for reading/writing/working!  When we saw the space for the very first time, we could instantly picture grilling, sitting around a fire, and friends!  We have a smallish house so the extra outdoor deck/patio square footage really lets us spread out and invite whomever we wish!!  No invitation spared:)  I am ready for some backyard summer parties already! After a killer 3 day weekend, I am even more READY for all things summer food.  That means lots of…
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