This Cantaloupe Gazpacho is a seasonal, sweet and savory chilled soup. Try serving it in a pitcher at summer parties!

When I was in middle school I wanted to be a movie star. I thought I loved acting. Being on stage gave me a sense of control and purpose. In life I was painfully shy and socially awkward, but on stage I was the center of attention. I knew all my lines and people always applauded for me at the end. They would stare, but it was because they were watching me perform. I was addicted to their applause. It sounds so pathetic, but that’s how desperate I was at the time for people to like me.  [Read more...]

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Orange Grand Marnier Skillet Jam is sweet and chunky with just a hint of booze.

Can you spot me in the above photo? I didn’t realize I was photobombing my own shoot until much later when the images were being edited. I left this one in for fun.  [Read more...]

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This garlic scape pesto avocado pasta is a healthy, vegetarian dinner the the entire family will love.

Have you ever tried cooking with garlic scapes? They’re the beautiful, tentacle-shaped flower stems of the garlic plant and they pack a strong flavor punch. I was a bit thrown off by them at first because they can be tough and fibrous. But a little experimentation was all I needed to become a fan. Garlic scapes are wonderful when sliced thin and sautéed with vegetables. They also make an excellent base for pesto. [Read more...]

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Serve this seasonal tart for dessert or at Sunday brunch! It's sweet, tart and earthy.

We have these enormous escalators in DC. If you’ve ever visited the city you know I’m not exaggerating. Not all of them are massive but the ones that are big are completely ridiculous. It can take 3-4 minutes to ride from one end to the other. It’s this steep, slow, mechanical climb that I find absolutely torturous.  [Read more...]

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Celebrate summer's bounty with this roasted tomato gazpacho soup recipe.

I could have been a California Girl. I’ll never forget when my parents told me that my father almost took a job in San Diego in the 1970s. Somehow it all made sense because I truly am a California girl at heart, at least when it comes to the weather. I live for spring and autumn. Where I live, winter is freezing and summer is too hot and humid, though I’ll take hot over cold any day. Last summer I visited California for the first time in years and was in awe of the weather as well as the beautiful, colorful produce everywhere. Endless fields of strawberries. Little stands on the side of the road selling bags of avocados for almost nothing. They have local fruits and vegetables all year long. We only have them in DC for part of the year and I will always resent this, knowing I could have been a California girl. The good news is that with the arrival of warm weather I can now hang out at the local farmers market and work on my modest backyard garden.  [Read more...]

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