Cinnamon Fig Jam

My neighbor has this glorious fig tree. It produces more figs than three households can handle. Usually, my husband and kids get ahold of these wonderful fruits before I can do anything with them. But, this week, my man is out of town, and that means I can go to town and work some magic […]

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Steak Salad with Parmesan and Dijon Vinaigrette

We’ve been grilling a lot this summer. Duh, it’s grilling season! And everything tastes better when it’s been cooked on an open flame! And because we love to grill, we tend to over-due it, cooking up extra portions for the next day’s lunch or dinner. And if you have some spare meat, whether it’s beef, […]

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BB: Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Well, I didn’t get to make both of July’s Barefoot Bloggers’ recipes. I did make this delicious Sour Cream Coffee Cake. I didn’t make it for breakfast or brunch, but as a dessert for a pot luck picnic. A great family is moving to Connecticut, and we held a big farewell party at the park […]

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Lemon Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

For some reason, Panna Cotta eluded my radar. Italian for “cooked cream,” this dessert always confused me. Is it a pudding? Is it jello? Is it a custard? No, custard has eggs. What does it taste like, ‘cuz it looks weird! I might sound like a kid, but I suppose I needed to jump in […]

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Berry-Swirl Pound Cake

The markets are overflowing with berries of all kinds and my family is loving every minute of summer because of it! I’m always trying to sneak some in a recipe, even though we love to eat them straight up. We even have little strawberries and blackberries blooming in the garden. If you are looking for […]

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Yogurt and Spinach Dip (Borani-e Esfenaj)

Summer appetizers are a real treat. You have a wide assortment of produce you can choose from to make it something special. This appetizer doesn’t use seasonal ingredients, but because it is made with yogurt and is served cold, it really is refreshing to serve on a hot summer day. This is an easy Persian […]

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Cucumber-Feta Toasts and The Daring Kitchen

Need a quick appetizer that requires no cooking and tastes great? Well I found this recipe for Cucumber-Feta Toasts in my little Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine. I had to laugh when I saw it because it’s basically a twist on a Persian classic, Noon-o Panir-o Khiar (lavash with feta and cucumbers). This version uses […]

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Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Fig Sauce

My neighbor has a fig tree. And every year she shares her harvest of these sweet juicy figs. Usually, my husband nabs them and eats them straight up. Middle child loves them, too. He started eating them when he was two. You can imagine my anxiety when my husband fed him three in one sitting! […]

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