Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Vegetable Tian

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If I had to describe summer with a single dish, it might possibly be this tian, or a peach pie. With all of these colorful vegetables packed into a tart pan, it just screams summer.

For the main vegetables, I used zucchini, squash, tomatoes and potatoes. You could definitely try eggplant or change it however much you want, though.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

The Best Honey Wheat Bread

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Next to pie and popsicles, homemade bread is one of my favorite things to make. From round loaves to sandwich bread loaves, one of the more satisfying things in life is pulling a loaf of bread out of the oven and then cutting into said loaf while it is still warm right after baking.

When it comes to this honey wheat bread, it truly is one of the best breads I've ever tasted. It is super soft and makes a great foundation for a sandwich or as toast with butter and jam. Plus, it makes two loaves so you can enjoy one and then give one away so another person can enjoy this great bread. I hope this bread can brighten your day and someone else's if you ever just knead (see what I did there?) some bread!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Arugula Walnut Salad with Fig Balsamic

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This June, I took part in a student exchange where I stayed with a super nice French host family in a town in Normandy called Caen. The father cooked dinner pretty much every night, the mother made me lunch, and my host girl and I ate breakfast together every morning while their cat drank cucumber water. And every morning, we had tea and toast. There was a cabinet in their kitchen full of tea from Earl Grey to Darjeeling and Twinings to Dammann. I'm no tea connoisseur, but I did bring back a bag and a tin of loose tea. Alongside our tea, we had toast with jam.  Similar to the tea, they had about every kind of jam you could think of. My favorite? Fig.

Although I've never been a huge fan of jam because I don't like how sweet it is, this fig jam was the perfect amount of sweet and I just cannot express how much I love this fig jam. So, I brought a jar back with me. Unfortunately, it was gone within about 2.5 weeks (I have since found another jar of fig jam at the store), but before I parted with the last of my favorite jam, I made this salad.

So, what might fig jam have to do with this salad? The dressing. Oh yes. This salad has a really incredible dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red onion and fig jam. Fig jam! In a salad! It's genius.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

a sandwich, deconstructed

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I love making sandwiches. They are so simple and easy to make, and you can make so many different variations. Today I thought I would share one of my ideas of a simple sandwich on a baguette. Baguettes seem to take sandwiches to the next level and make them even more delicious, don't you think? I want to try fig jam on my next sandwich! For now, though, what are your favorite ingredients to put on a sandwich? 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

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Watermelon is one of those foods that I never think of to cook with. Since it is so perfect on its own, I don't think I've ever really eaten it any other way than just on its own. However refreshing watermelon is solo, its sweetness and juiciness go perfectly with cucumber. Then, when you add lime juice, mint and cilantro, its just a food party that you simply cannot miss! Oh, and let's not forget about the feta.

This is also a great time to make this simple salad as a meal or a side because we're in the middle of summer and so many foods are at their prime. So, take advantage and combine them together to make something great during the week or to celebrate the weekend. Happy Wednesday for now!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tricolor Popsicles

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Since today is the fourth of July, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate with popsicles. This annual independence day always me think of popsicles, and sparklers. Although we've never had a yearly tradition celebrating with these two festive items for the fourth day in July, I always like to think that they should be included on this day. So, I made these tricolor treats.

Raspberries, coconut milk and blueberries make up the red, white and blue stripes. The white and blue blended into each other a bit, but I loved the way these turned out. Plus, you can also make them for Bastille Day as well!

Happy fourth!

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