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Watermelon Sorbet

Watermelon Sorbet

We got lucky out of the gate this year. Why lucky? Well there’s always a chance when the melons come in that you’re going to get a watered down not so sweet version. Despite,  thumping them, holding them, slapping them and every other thing anyone and their Grandma has ever said that will guarantee a GOOD melon, it’s just not the case (at least for me). I won’t know until I cut that baby open. Period. Today was a good melon day. Our first of the season was sweet, sticky and juicy. The boys devoured HALF of the melon instantly and I reserved the other half to make a luscious little frozen summer treat called sorbet.

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Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee

It’s already sweltering. I know, just a few weeks ago I was saying it was too cold and now I’m saying it’s too hot. I know. I know. Apparently my happy medium is in my house with the AC blasting while sitting under a blanket. Even though it’s hot out, one thing I simply can not give up is my espresso. It’s just not going to happen. For the safety of those around me every day it shouldn’t. But back to that whole sweltering thing. How do me and my beloved espresso get around that? With a cocktail shaker, and some ice. That’s how.

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Raspberry Panna Cotta

Raspberry Panna Cotta

I have a thing for cooked cream aka panna cotta. It sounds better in Italian. Everything sounds better in Italian. Go ahead and try. Everything sounds better. Whenever I have to make dessert and I’m in doubt, my go to is panna cotta. Always. Why? It’s delicious, it lends itself to ANY flavor combination (reading into I can use what I have in the house) and it’s silly easy to make. Now you know. I’m pretty sure I have almost a dozen recipes for panna cotta on this site. Clearly I don’t get tired of it and I hope you don’t either.

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How To Make Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix

Homemade Italian Seasoning

Did you know that you can make your very own Italian Seasoning mix? You sure can. I typically make this in the summer time when my fresh herbs are going nuts and I have more than I can possibly use. I just lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment and let them wither away. Voila, like magic you have dried spices. My favorite part? Blasting them up in my coffee grinder until they’re to my just right for me desired consistency (I like a little texture if you like yours more of a powder then just keep on blasting away).

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Spicy Caprese Pasta Salad

Spicy Caprese Pasta Salad

One of of my most favorite flavor combinations is that of basil, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella (that’s been drizzled with a little liquid gold and a pinch of kosher salt). Pure bliss I tell you. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’re familiar with Caprese salad. It’s one of the reasons I grow a garden so I can have tomatoes and basil at the ready. I even make my own mozzarella every now and again (which I can’t manage to post about because once you’ve tasted fresh warm mozzarella you just can’t  help yourself. It’s gone before you know it.)

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Farmstand Ravioli with Zucchini


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I love this time of year when my local farm stands are open on road sides around my little water-tower town. Little pop up markets here and there. I stop in as much as possible. A) I love supporting my local farmers when I can B) I know where the food comes from and that’s is going to be fresh and freshly picked. Plus ehem have you seen farmers lately? Not to mention they’re incredibly knowledgeable. Go ahead ask them about their food. They love it.

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