Tomato-Basil Cornbread

I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone tell me that they don’t like cornbread. I mean really, what’s not to like? At the same time, it’s not something you hear people raving about, either. Maybe it just needs a little “sprucing up”.

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Caramelized “Sour” Whey

20200220161015_IMG_2755One of the greatest things about the World Wide Web is that it allows for fortuitous discoveries to be made in a matter of seconds with just a few keystrokes.  This “cheese” happened to be just that for me.

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Whole Wheat Apricot Waffles

I have come to the sad realization that my apricot trees only want to bear fruit every other year, and the same with my mom’s. Do they have the courtesy of producing in opposite years of each other so we can always have fresh apricots? Of course not, so rude.

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Pasta Flora (Greek Jam Tart)

Each year we harvest a lot of fruit from our backyard orchard. Each year, I make a lot of jams and jellies. Each year I realize we don’t eat a lot of it. Hmmmm…

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Spinach & Feta Galette

As a child, I was not a fan of spinach, or anything that contained it, and no amount of watching Popeye cartoons could make me change my mind. Thank goodness for adulthood.

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Nectarine Sourdough Coffee Cake

20200610164931_IMG_4179Each summer my exercise routine consists of repeatedly running frantically out of my kitchen to the backyard, flapping my arms and yelling “ch ch ch ch” to scare away the scrub jays from my nectarine tree.  When I’m tired, I make the boys do it.

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Fig & Greek Yogurt Quick Bread

20200226175023_IMG_2863I am fortunate to have a fig tree and to live in the perfect Mediterranean climate for it to thrive.  That means that I will also have an overabundance of the tasty fruits just begging to be enjoyed.

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Tiropitakia (Greek Feta Cheese Pastry)

20200129_174309Think of them as little triangles of pure heaven.  Crispy phyllo, tangy feta cheese, and a generous slathering of butter… yes, pure heaven.

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Ham & Cheese Empanadas

20200123_142927Several days ago I gave the Old Man and the Medium Boy the task of putting in a new pond liner for our back yard.  It’s hard work.  I fed them these empanadas as payment.

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Sourdough Cinnamon-Raisin Rolls

IMG_0850ghvhI live in California’s raisin country.  If one drives out of town during the hot, dry days at the end of summer, row after row of grapes drying on mats can be seen in between the long stretches of grape vines.  I guess you could say I know where my food comes from!

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Savory Pumpkin & Cheddar Muffins

20191103_103609The moment the temperatures drop even just a smidgen near the end of summer, it’s pumpkin season.  Correction, it’s pumpkin-SPICE season.  Maybe it doesn’t have to be?

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