Nectarine Crumble Muffins

Nectarine Crumb Muffins  The other day at my local PCC, on otherwise difficult day with my two home-for-summer-vacation daughters, I passed nine different varieties of sun-ripened fruit. “Oh these are the best,” said the produce dude with the Bodhi tree tattoo on his broad shoulder. “Really,” he said, showing me his pearly white teeth as… 

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The Art of Food

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Peaches, Beaches

Peaches are my favorite, if infrequently enjoyed, fruit. My problem with peaches is that they are only good (as in ripe, juicy and tasting like a real peach) for two weeks a year. While I was doing my internship in France, I stayed with a French family near the restaurant. The house was outside of… 

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Some Book Recommendations for You

Recently I have been asked for some cookbook recommendations, which just happens to be one of  my favorite subjects. I love cookbooks. Cookbooks saved my life when I was a kid. Food magazine made so much more sense than the bible, or those silly fairy tales. I also learned how to cook from books. Yes,… 

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To Be Or Not To Be Gluten Free……..

  The Gritty Truth of the Gluten Free Diet A disenchanted mother finds hope This might be a typical story but it doesn’t feel typical because it’s mine.   We are in a psychologist’s office. A sculpture of Freud sits on the end table between the two chairs, but it’s only his head so it… 

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Lemon Tart

Gluten Free Lemon Tart…..

It  appears as though my eldest has a problem with gluten. It’s a long story how we came to discover this, but I will say the journey has been fraught with more than little resistance on my part.  I have a culinary degree, after all. Over the years, I have gone through baking phases the… 

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Tell Me, What is it you plan to do?

I read this quote the other day and it really stuck with me. It is from a Mary Oliver poem called, “The Summer Day.”   Tell me, What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?   Doesn’t that just grab at your heart?  First, how often, do you… 

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Billy Collin’s Osso Buco

Osso Buco by Billy Collins   I love the sound of the bone against the plate and the fortress-like look of it lying before me in a moat of risotto, the meat soft as the leg of an angel who has lived a purely airborne existence. And best of all, the secret marrow, the invaded… 

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