There is something about cherries and chocolate that is a marriage made in heaven. Both are deep, dark, beautiful, and delicious, and their flavors blend together perfectly.
I love cherries in their pure cherry form – fresh or dried, with no additives and no enhancements, just pure cherry flavor is what I favor. I’ve tried cherry pies, cherry ice cream, Black Forest Cake with Cherries, cherry flavored drinks, I’ve tried them all – though they all taste wonderful, I always come back to my favored way of eating cherries – pure unadulterated cherries. If I want to eat cherries in some other form than fresh or dried – the only other way is with pure chocolate. Continue reading Sweet and Tart Sun-dried Cherries Dark Chocolate Bites with Fuchsia Blossoms & Rose Petals
I was gifted a delicious apple bread loaf for Mother’s Day from our neighbor and friend Karen, and I have to say this apple bread loaf was outstanding. I’ve never had an apple bread loaf before, so naturally I didn’t know what to expect. What I tried I liked very much 😋.
The loaf itself is unusual as it is not like a cake but rather it had a whole grain nutty texture, which got me wondering if it was made with whole-wheat flour? I asked Karen for the recipe and she graciously shared it with me, and yes, it was made with whole-wheat flour.
This apple bread loaf had a thick topping of a yummy cinnamon sugar and nut mixture, while the loaf itself was not very sweet. In fact, it was so mild on the sweetness scale that if we wanted to we could have had it with some jam. But wait; there was a surprise inside when I cut the loaf! Continue reading Apple Bread Loaf
The inspiration for this salad came from my garden, in an effort to use up a few of my garden Anna apples in a savory dish, I decided to make a salad with apples and sugar snap peas. Both have similar texture and color, and both look good together. With a fruity vinaigrette and a dash of feta cheese or goat cheese this is a wonderful salad that tastes sweet, savory, and crunchy. It is also the perfect salad to make ahead. Continue reading Green Apple & Sugar Snap Peas Salad
We had just picked over 30 apples from our apple tree, after picking over 20 apples just a few days earlier, and even more few days before that. These apples were taking over my counter and the refrigerator drawers.
Mind you we have just one apple tree and its not that big, but that little tree has over 300 apples this year. I told Hitesh we need to stop picking the apples as we can’t go through them fast enough and I don’t have space for my other vegetables and fruits, but he said he doesn’t want them eaten by the critters, so he goes out and picks a bunch of apples every few days. He wants me to make a couple of apple pies or as he put it “Get creative, you can do it!” Continue reading Swimming in Summertime Apples from the Garden
makes enough for a couple of large salads
- 4 tbsp apricot jam or flesh of one large juicy apricot thoroughly mashed into pulp
- 4 tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped for some extra flavor (optional)
- Salt and pepper
Continue reading Apricot Vinaigrette
I had an interesting arugula and watermelon salad at Italian restaurant Stella AlPina Osteria in Burlingame, California a few weeks ago. What was unusual with this salad was the presentation. The chef had tossed the arugula salad in apricot vinaigrette and served the salad with a side of thick watermelon wedges. Continue reading Watermelon Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette
This is a wonderful sweet vinaigrette salad dressing with a little spicy kick. Fresh orange juice adds a lovely sweet honey like flavor while the mint leaves and chives give the dressing a distinctive spicy edge. Continue reading Mint & Orange Vinaigrette
Orange Salad with Olives & Mint Orange Vinaigrette
- 4 large navel oranges, skin removed and cut into big round wedges
- 4 cups spring greens leaves or any salad greens
- 1/4 cup olives
- Orange and Mint Vinaigrette – Ingredients
- Juice of 1/2 orange
- Juice of 1 lime
- 5 mint leaves
- 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
- 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar or any white wine vinegar
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Continue reading Orange Salad with Olives & Mint Orange Vinaigrette
If you like the flavor of grapefruit and are looking for a nice refreshing salad dressing, this is the one. I made this grapefruit dressing with a lot of grapefruit juice and very little olive oil turning the dressing into a thinner and very light version. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Grapefruit Dressing
The ingredients for this simple and delicious salad can be bought ready to go at the grocery store. All you have to do is assemble the salad and just make a vinaigrette dressing. The recipe for this wonderful strawberry salad comes from my friend Rose who brought it to share when she came over for lunch. It can be enough for two people as a main salad or for four people as a side salad. Fresh creamy goat cheese tastes great in this salad but you can leave it out if you prefer. Continue reading Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese