Strawberry Gazpacho

As strawberries are in season,  try this refreshing version of the classic Spanish chilled vegetable soup. Serves 6 Ingredients 1/2  cucumber, peeled  1/2  red bell pepper, cored and seeded 1 tomato  1 shallot or 1/4 red onion 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved 2 Tablespoons balsamic  vinegar 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1

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Quinoa Pizza Crust

Quinoa pizza crust is a great gluten-free alternative to pizza dough. It has a nutty taste and holds together perfectly when sliced. Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked quinoa (soaked for at least 8 hours) 1/4 cup water 1 garlic clove 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon. salt cooking spray Toppings desired: tomato sauce, onions, mushrooms, tomato,

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Roasted Beets and Swiss Chard Salad

On my recent trip to Tanaka Farms in Irvine, I picked up some beautiful Swiss Chard and Beets which was perfect for a colorful salad. For this recipe, carrots and bean sprouts were added to the salad and topped with walnuts. Feel free to add other ingredients as desired. Ingredients 2-3 beets, peeled and cut

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St. Patrick’s Day Champagne Cocktails

While green beer has always been the drink of choice for St. Patrick’s Day,  add some variety with champagne based cocktails. When making any cocktails with Champagne, add the Champagne last to avoid overflow. Stirring is not necessary as the bubbles do most of the work, but if you do, stir slowly. To keep the

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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes – the perfect dessert for your St Patrick’s Day party. If you prefer to make a cake: butter or spray a springform or bundt pan and bake for about 35 minutes. Yields 24 cupcakes  Ingredients  Ganache Frosting 2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 cups (12oz) semisweet  or bittersweet chocolate Chocolate Cake 1 cup stout

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St Patrick’s Day Dinner Party

Hosting a dinner party for St. Patrick’s Day? You’ll have the luck of the Irish on your side when you rely on your crock pot to make the perfect corned beef and cabbage while you’re at work.  And to accompany your meal is an easy Irish Soda Bread recipe. Corned Beef Brisket is a cut

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Spring Salad with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

With the amazing produce spring brings, one of the best ways to enjoy it is in a fresh salad. From  asparagus to radishes to strawberries, this colorful and delicious salad can be served  as a meal or as side with  your Easter brunch. Serves 2-4 Ingredients:  1 cup  balsamic vinegar 3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive

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Molten Chocolate Cake

Surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with this chocolate lovers delight. To make ahead:  Place  prepared ramekins in the refrigerator covered with a plastic wrap. Bring to room temperature and bake just before serving. Serves 2 Ingredients 4 Tablespoons butter,  cubed 2 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into pieces 1 large egg 1 large

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Roasted Beet Pasta

Impress your valentine or dinner guests with this vibrant colored pasta dish! Serves 4 Ingredients 2-3 beets, trimmed and washed 3 whole garlic cloves, peeled Olive oil 1/2 lb  linguine ( or any other pasta) 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup pine nuts ( or any other nuts) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2

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Football Pizza Tart

Easy football shaped tart with your favorite pizza toppings. Puff pastry was used for this recipe but you can also use pizza dough.  If you prefer various toppings, make individual tarts or pizzas. Ingredients  1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed (or pizza dough) Marinara Sauce / Pizza Sauce Shredded mozzarella or any other cheese desired Topping:

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