Cool Soup for Warmer Days

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It has finally warmed up here in Charleston, and when it hit 80 degrees yesterday, I just knew I had to make gazpacho for our Meatless Monday dinner.  Since it’s not fresh tomato season here yet (I just planted my garden only two weeks ago), I decided on this quick, canned tomato gazpacho recipe.  This […]

Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Paninis

My take on Williams-Sonoma Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches

I was perusing through the Williams-Sonoma catalog the other day and came across these Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Sandwiches that looked absolutely amazing!  My picture below definitely does not give it justice, but these sandwiches were fun to make and different from the usual meat/cheese Panini people are used to. I used freshly baked sourdough bread […]

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Chipotle Dip

Just last week I purchased the Breville Fast Slow Cooker from Williams-Sonoma.  I already have a slow cooker, but this one intrigued me because it can also roast and pressure cook. I’ve been meaning to get a pressure cooker, as I really do enjoy using dried versus canned beans in my recipes when I can. […]

Antioxidant-Boost Salad

Antioxidant-Boost Parfait

Even for those with the greatest willpower, the holiday season is generally a nutritional downward spiral until January 1st – um, make that 2nd (you just HAVE to attend a New Year’s Day party after all!). I concocted this easy, antioxidant boosting fruit salad and parfait the morning after Thanksgiving…it was my way of giving […]

Orechiette Pasta with Fresh Veggies and Lemon Zest

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This past Sunday I made a pasta salad for my son to take for his school lunch.  Let’s face it, you can only make so many turkey sandwiches…  This recipe turned out better than I expected, for when my son got home yesterday, he announced that he ate all his lunch and requested more for […]