Black Bean & Corn Salsa

I had a small group of friends over for a holiday tea a few months ago.  I thought a simple tea would be a great way to get all of us together and catch up.  Everyone offered to bring something, and we ended up with a wide variety of snacks and treats.

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My friend Babita brought Black Bean Salsa and chips, and it was delicious. This salsa and chips dish is a perfect snack for a summertime get together.  Especially when we can find juicy tomatoes and fresh corn at the farmer’s markets. I asked Babita for the recipe, and she said she got it from a web site called Show Me the Curry.  Here is the link to the recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  I’ve also included the recipe here. Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta

Flowers, flowers, flowers!! Anyone who knows me knows I love flowers! I absolutely love them. So when I read about an exhibition in San Francisco of Oscar de la Renta’s floral couture gowns, I had to go! All I saw in this little article about the exhibit was the word “floral”, and it got me hooked.   Continue reading Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta

Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Are you looking for a refreshing salad that is refreshingly simple? Try this avocado and grapefruit salad. I made this salad for a spring lunch I was invited to at my friend Rose’s home.  It was a casual lunch just to get a few of us together.  Rose had black bean soup and corn bread on the menu, and asked the rest of us to bring something that we felt would compliment it.  What we ended up with was a feast that was simple, healthy, and delicious and we were stuffed at the end of it!  This is a menu worth replicating. Continue reading Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.

It’s early spring and all the plants are leafing out with fresh, tender new leaves.  The garden is looking green, healthy, and plump with lush juicy flower buds all ready to bloom in a matter of weeks.  I’m ready for the spring flower show!

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And then I see it! Leaves and buds eaten off some of my rose bushes and lily plants and other flowering plants.   Continue reading Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.

Georgina’s Maltese Easter Figolli

The Bay Area is a great place to live.  A true representation of what America is today – a melting pot of various cultures, languages, and religions.  Where else could I have such a wonderful group of friends from such places like Ghana, Philippines, Japan, China, Ireland, Vietnam, England,  Iran, Fiji,  Russia, Kenya, all corners of India, Eastern Europe, and Malta.  Which brings me to the topic of this post; Georgina’s Maltese Easter figolli.

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Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

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Here is a salad that looks and tastes like a gourmet salad you might order at a fancy restaurant.  A nice juicy pear is delicious in this salad, and a good Gorgonzola cheese or bleu cheese really gives the entire salad a kick of sophistication. You can pick up a small tub of Gorgonzola cheese from Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Lucky, Whole Foods, or any grocery store. Continue reading Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

Flowering Fruit Trees

What is really beautiful about fruit trees and many times overlooked is their spectacular flower show in the Spring. Every fruit tree bears beautiful flowers before they become fruit.  When these fruit trees are in bloom they rival any sought after Spring Cherry Blossom trees.  Peach and nectarine trees have gorgeous flowers in a dark shade of pink. Cherry, plum, and apricot trees have mauve pink flowers as well.  Apple trees bear sultry pale pink/cream colored flowers with a darker pink center.  Even orange and lemon trees have lovely little clusters of white flowers whose intoxicating fragrance wafts through any garden. Continue reading Flowering Fruit Trees

Roasted Garlic with Crusty Baguette

Living in the Bay Area so close to Gilroy, you can’t help but grow to love garlic.  Gilroy is the self proclaimed Garlic Capital of the world.  That’s all they do here, grow garlic. In fact, when you drive past Gilroy you can smell garlic for a few miles as the garlic farms are in abundance here.  To pay homage to it’s” bread and butter” crop, Gilroy hosts an annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in the summer where everything sold is made with garlic.  They even sell their famous Garlic ice cream!  Roasted garlic is a popular item around here.   Continue reading Roasted Garlic with Crusty Baguette

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