Monthly Archives: July 2011

Peach Caprese Salad


Sweet, juicy peaches are in abundance right now and I’m trying to figure out how to hit my quota of one-a-day, because they’re just that good. With caprese salads being equally as irresistible in the summer months–creamy mozzarella, fresh-from-the-garden basil, generously drizzled with balsamic and olive oil–how can I not indulge? Hence the ingenious combo of Peach Caprese Salad. Yes. Please. And thank you!

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Loving All Things Lavender


I’ve discovered lavender is good for so much more than sachet bags and scented candles. It has oodles of untapped culinary uses! To my surprise, cooking with lavender is no new trend. The Romans were doing it centuries ago. Did you know that it was actually the Romans who brought lavender to Provence? It wasn’t until WWI that France became the lavender capitol. It was cultivated to keep the French from fleeing the land. Funny enough, lavender is not a part of traditional French cooking though.  And my love for all things Italian/Roman meant I needed to try this culinary gem.. and the verdict: lavender is luscious!
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Peach Pie Thyme

There has been a whole lot of living, and not a lot of blogging going on these past months, which may have something to do with the fact that I’m graduated and free time is a new concept. But don’t worry, I’m adapting well! 🙂 Grant and I have been spending much needed time catching up with friends and family. Other than being cold and wet its been a nice summer.

I am always looking for a good excuse to bake, and when we were invited to a picnic this weekend I squealed at the opportunity to bring dessert. After all, peach pie season is the happiest time of year–and I certainly don’t do enough baking just for myself. Playing with my new camera made the food photography fun. Warning, you may have a very, very intense craving for peach pie by the time you scroll to the bottom of this page. Enjoy..
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Berry Cobbler

What is it about the Fourth of July that makes me want to run through sprinklers and do cartwheels in the yard? I do love hot summer weather, a good firework show, and being poolside, but I think perhaps its the food. That thing that intangibly brings families together–barbeque, potato salad, corn on the cob, and ice cold beer.. oh and dessert, what would a holiday be without homemade sweetness?

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