quinoa, asparagus and feta salad

quinoa, asparagus and feta salad

A few months ago, my Mom broke her foot, remember?  We had been out for a morning jog, she landed wrong, rolled her foot and several x-rays later, she walked out of the hospital on crutches.   I’m happy to report that Mom is “up and running” pun intended.  But Dad, isn’t.  He’s having back surgery in a few weeks.  

 

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dried cherry, pecan and cardamom krispies

dried cherry, pecan and cardamom krispies

Chocolate chip cookies are arguably the most coveted and beloved cookies in America.  I think it goes back to our collective youths, everyone can remember making a batch of the original Toll House cookies and devouring half of the recipe before it ever made it to cookie form.  There are quicker,  easier substitutes available — though never as good.  Refrigerated slice and bake chocolate chippers or even those dry, crumbly packages of Chips Ahoy and the like, which really taste nothing like a home baked cookie.  

 

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chilled cucumber soup

chilled cucumber soup
We are nearing the end of July in South Florida and the heat is oppressive.  Not as bad as it will be in August and September, but definitely up there on the suffering meter.  During winter in Minnesota they have a PIP meter (pain in the posterior) that measures all nature of weather related suffering.  I think it’s time that we in the southern climes come up with similar yardstick.  How many consecutive days the thermometer reaches above 90° and the humidity levels never dip below 80%.  How fast does your makeup melt off of your face?  How quickly does an egg fry on the sidewalk?  As I write this at 4:30 p.m. , the temperature is 91° with the feels like at 102°.  Suffocatingly hot and sticky.

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mango-lime cake

mango-lime cake

Mango-lime cake has just the right amount of sweetness. You can definitely taste the mango!

I’m down to my last few mangos of the season, which usually lasts about a month — at least for the tree in my grandparents back yard.  It’s a Julie mango and the fruit is heavy with a tangy, honey-sweet perfume.  For eleven months of the year, this tree provides shade and beautiful foliage.  But for one month, it bestows an abundant crop of beautiful yellow and pinkish fruit.  It’s heaven.

 

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lime-cilantro swordfish kebabs

lime-cilantro swordfish kebabs

Juicy grilled swordfish, marinated in lime, cilantro and garlic. Perfect for family or company.

Every household has their old reliable recipes. The ones that appear with some regularity at the dinner table. Recipes that the whole family enjoys which can also be assembled in minutes.

 

 

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