07/11/13
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Linguine Vongole & Other Things

WEDNESDAY Linguine Vongole {Linguine with Clams in a White Wine & Garlic Broth}   This meal is one that the kids and I really enjoy but Michael not so much so it is a dinner that we save for when he is away.  Michael is on his last day of business in Japan and Max Continue reading → «Linguine Vongole & Other Things»

06/26/13
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Duck Confit & Cherry Salad with Creme Fraiche and Mustard Vinaigrette

TUESDAY A Salad of Duck Confit, Baby Lettuces, Treviso Radicchio, Scallions & Cherries  |  Crème Fraîche & Mustard Vinaigrette   Oh, how I love duck confit.  The crisp skin, the unctuous flavorful meat.  There are few things better.  Seriously.  It’s up there with bacon.  Not only is the taste of it profound, the very idea Continue reading → «Duck Confit & Cherry Salad with Creme Fraiche and Mustard Vinaigrette»

06/25/13
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Pasta Bolognese & Kale Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

MONDAY Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce  |  Chopped Kale with a Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Cheese  |  Garlic Croutons   “On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.” ― Mark Haddon As I Continue reading → «Pasta Bolognese & Kale Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette»

06/21/13
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Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches

FRIDAY Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches  |  Sweet Potato Fries  |  Fresh Strawberries  |  Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Okay, I know…I missed a dinner {last night}.  This week has been, well, you know…one of THOSE weeks!  Michael gone {traveling in Europe}, me left to juggle Max’s baseball and football schedules as well as the girls’ barn schedule, Continue reading → «Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches»

06/18/13
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Crispy Pancetta,Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches

MONDAY Crispy Pancetta, Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches  |  Fresh Cherries One of my favorite sandwiches is the classic “BLT” {bacon, lettuce & tomato} and the best time to enjoy one of these beauties is during the summer when heirloom tomatoes are hanging heavy on the vine.  My tomato plants {Julia Child and Paul Robeson} Continue reading → «Crispy Pancetta,Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches»

06/12/13
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Pasta with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette & Roasted Zucchini

TUESDAY Pasta with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette  |  Roasted Zucchini with Garlic Breadcrumbs   As I sit at my desk in front of my computer, trying to write this post, my attention is drawn outside beyond my living room windows to the Bay waters below.  Sunshine has returned to our corner of the world and the Continue reading → «Pasta with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette & Roasted Zucchini»

06/8/13
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Grilled Burgers & A Creamy Cucumber-Grilled Potato Salad

FRIDAY Burgers on the Grill  |  Sweet & Spicy Ketchup  |  Creamy Cucumber & Grilled Potato Salad Someone heard me yesterday and turned the heat up a bit.  Morning fog gave way to brilliant sunshine fairly early today and we hit a high temperature of 80°F.  Our French doors were open all day letting in Continue reading → «Grilled Burgers & A Creamy Cucumber-Grilled Potato Salad»

06/5/13
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Turkey, Apple, Triple Cream Brie & Chutney on a Croissant

TUESDAY Freshly Roasted Turkey, Apple, Triple Cream Brie & Rhubarb Chutney on Croissants  |  Farmer’s Market Cherries   When I came across this sandwich last week on Tumblr, it struck me as “special”…you know, the type of sandwich that you would pack into a lovely wicker hamper along with a lightly colored blanket, some linen Continue reading → «Turkey, Apple, Triple Cream Brie & Chutney on a Croissant»

05/29/13
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Minestrone Soup with Cheese Tortellini

TUESDAY Minestrone Soup with Cheese Tortellini |  Homemade Garlic Breadcrumbs     The first day back after a long holiday weekend is always a bit rocky but especially so at this time of year.  The children can taste summer vacation and even though school will be finished in the next few weeks, these last days Continue reading → «Minestrone Soup with Cheese Tortellini»

05/21/13
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Spaghetti with Basil Pesto & Oven-Roasted Tomatoes with Homemade Garlic Breadcrumbs

MONDAY Whole-Wheat Spaghetti  |   Basil Pesto  |  Oven-Roasted, Mini Sugar-Plum Tomatoes  |  Homemade Garlic Breadcrumbs This dish is probably our favorite summer pasta.  Showcasing two of the season’s stars, basil & tomatoes, this garden pasta makes the perfect dinner on a warm summer evening. Keep in mind that the recipes below {especially the pesto Continue reading → «Spaghetti with Basil Pesto & Oven-Roasted Tomatoes with Homemade Garlic Breadcrumbs»