"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


Green Tea Hot and Cold #Teavivre #Weekly Menu Plan #Healthy Eating

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This post is sponsored by Teavivre. Opinions are my own.

The summer heat makes me both thirsty and sleepy. It is the time of year to sip some iced green tea while I work on my blog posts or catch up on Facebook with old dear friends.


Zucchini Fritters with Sriracha Sauce #Foodie Friday

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This was a true "refrigerator clean out" inspiration. I had left over rice, eggs, zucchini and ALWAYS, ALWAYS, a bottle of Sriracha. If I ever need a blood transfusion I'm am going to say I'm Type S for Sriracha. I wouldn't mind having this stuff pumped directly into my bloodstream; I love it so much.


Guacamole with Tomatoes & Bell Peppers #French Fridays with Dorie

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HOLY GUACAMOLE... the French have ADOPTED this very American appetizer and are serving it at their chic restaurants? Peut-il ĂȘtre? Can it be? According to Dorie Greenspan Guacamole has become a "standard" in many Paris establishments... and I thought the French were set in their food ways.


Vegetable Risotto: Baby Carrot & Fava Bean #River Cottage VEG

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This is the lightest risotto I've ever eaten, perfect for summer. It is made with fresh seasonal vegetables baby carrots, fava beans, and fresh parsley with Parmesan cheese. 


Good Food Made Simple Breakfast Challenge #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Good Food Made Simple. Opinions are my own.

You've heard it a million times from your parents, from your health teacher in high school, from the morning TV shows you watch while you are supposedly exercising: 

Eat breakfast it's the most important meal of the day.


Spicy Honey Cinnamon Plum Tart #Henry's Humdingers #Foodie Friday

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This post is sponsored by Henry's Humdingers. All opinions are my own.

The four Balch bears huddled around the jars of Henry's Humdingers Honey dipping their paws into each one and proclaiming: Diabolical Dad and Grumpy Grandpa are delicious but too spicy for a dessert, Naughty Nana could work, but Phoebe's Fireball with chipotle chile and cinnamon is JUST RIGHT for a plum tart.


Honey Roasted Cherry Tomatoes #River Cottage VEG

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I'm just starting to see really nice tomatoes in our green market. Summer is truly the time to savor the wonders of fresh tomatoes. This simple recipe really made me appreciate the complexity of the taste of a tomato.


Basil and Shrimp Quinoa #Idiot's Guides:The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. All opinions are my own.

When I first got my copy of Idiot's Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook I couldn't get over how many healthy and simple recipes there were to choose from... which to make?

I picked this Basil and Shrimp Quinoa recipe because I don't recall ever cooking red quinoa before.. I didn't realize that there are different types of quinoa.


Spring Vegetable Soup with Pesto #Foodie Friday

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The first day of summer is not officially until June 21st this year. I keep hearing about school being out, and the warm weather people are enjoying in parts of the U.S.... but here in New York, we are in school until the end of June and it is cool, rainy Spring. 


Crab Avocado "Ravioli" #French Fridays with Dorie

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It was not my intention to deceive you. I know the title says ravioli and there isn't a noodle to be found on this plate. It is an "abstract ravioli" in a way that only a French philosopher could appreciate... and let me tell you a real ravioli stuffed with crab and avocado would have been easier to make!


Slow Cooker Bouillabaisse: Fisherman's Stew #Food of the World

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It's almost summer. I grew up in a beach town and summer always makes me think of seafood. It still gets a little chilly here in New York at night so my family and I still want filling food...not heavy; a fish stew suits us well at this time of year.

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a Canon Rebel T3 for Dad #Giveaways


Hi Everyone,
I don't do many giveaways but I feel everyone can use a quality camera. I teamed up with the below group of food bloggers to share this opportunity to win a Canon Rebel. I have had one of these babys for years and I can attest this is a great camera, easy to use and the pictures come out beautiful. 

Pineapple Honey Pork Chops #Henry's Humdingers #Weekly Menu Plan


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This post is sponsored by Henry's Humdingers but all opinions are my own.

An 11 year old boy named Henry sat down on a plane next to a beekeeper who told him about Colony Collapse Disorder. Henry became so concerned about helping to save the bees that he asked his mom for a hive... pretty soon the Miller family had so much honey they started adding spices to it, so they could make sauces, marinades and spreads with it. 


Garlic Chicken with Mozzarella & Mint Pesto #Foodie Friday #Farm to Table


This post is sponsored by Field Goods. All opinions are my own.

I've had shares in CSA's in the past and especially with kids trying to find creative things to do with your four pounds of kale can be daunting. But now that we are not around enough in the summer to keep a garden; I have been trying to figure out ways to enjoy fresh local produce more.


Salmon Rillettes #French Fridays with Dorie


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I am really loving our French Friday's venture into rillettes. I had vaguely heard of them before...but I only associated rillettes with fatty meats. This salmon rillettes and the tuna rillettes we made, have me realizing the possibilities of this spread.


Passion XO Cognac #Weekly Menu Plans

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This post is sponsored by Passion XO. All opinions are my own. 

Memorial Day last Monday ushered in the beginning of summer. My kids were in parades in two different towns, plus we had a BBQ at our pool club to go to in the evening.