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August 2015

Dinners Recipes

Baked Spaghetti

August 31, 2015

This recipe for spaghetti pie kept popping up in my Facebook news feed last week. It reminded me of another spaghetti pie recipe that I used to love as a kid. My mother hated it because it involved a can of tomato soup, and she was never the kind of cook who made casseroles that involved cans of anything. I respect that a great deal now, as well as the fact that she was way ahead of the curve in…

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Recipes Soups

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

August 25, 2015

Why do we need a soup recipe in August in Florida, when it hasn’t rained much lately and the temps are in the mid-90s every day? Because in my office, it always seems like it’s only about 65 degrees. Why we need to keep our indoor spaces desperately cold is another story.  But here’s another reason for soup in August: school has started again, and those of us who teach are also back to work, which means that the long…

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Moroccan Recipes Salads

Kale Salad with Apricots, Almonds, and Argan Vinaigrette

August 20, 2015

You may have heard of argan oil, since it’s the latest trendy fountain-of-youth product to be added to cosmetics and hair care products. Argan comes from southern Morocco, where the climate is very dry and the landscape is mostly sand, rocks, and scrubby little trees. The Argan tree does well in dry climates and produces nuts that are then pressed into oil: cosmetic or culinary. People use it for their hair and skin, and it’s high in Vitamin E and…

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Breakfasts Recipes

Grandma’s Waffles

August 17, 2015

Homemade waffles are so much better than the frozen kind, and this recipe has been a favorite of everyone who tries it. This is my grandmother’s recipe for waffles, which has been a staple in our family for years. My mother still uses my grandmother’s old waffle iron, which is, believe it or not, at least a hundred years old. I got a Salton waffle iron for free as a promotion with a George Foreman grill many years ago, and…

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Desserts Recipes

Cooking with Vincent, Part II: Nutella Custard Tart

August 12, 2015

One of the many impressive dishes Vincent casually whipped together was a Nutella custard tart with bananas and peaches. Because when you have some pie crust left over from a roasted bell pepper and mushroom quiche, why not? Since he was often cooking about five things at once, it was difficult for me to measure exact quantities, yet I think I have enough visual information from this demonstration to recreate this somehow. First, preheat the oven to 375, and start…

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Fish Recipes

Salmon and Covina with Beurre Blanc and Asparagus

August 10, 2015

We have some friends staying with us right now who are taking a Florida vacation, and one of them is a chef. Not just any chef, but a French executive chef at a large hotel in Latin America. Even though Vincent is supposed to be on vacation, he has been cooking up a storm in our kitchen, and I’ve been the lucky beneficiary of both amazing food and cooking lessons. Cured salmon. Banana Nutella custard tarts. Filet mignon with béarnaise…

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Desserts Recipes

Basil Limeade Popsicles

August 5, 2015

There’s an amazing food truck in Orlando called Peak Season Pops, and one of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to go to Leu Gardens on the free first Monday of every month, get one of their seasonal popsicles, and walk around looking at whatever is blooming. This week, the pink and white crepe myrtles are still in bloom. We got rained on, but we didn’t mind. One of my favorite popsicles that Peak Season Pops makes…

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Breakfasts Recipes

Easy Granola

August 3, 2015

Happy August! Let’s start the month with easy homemade granola, a wonderful and filling breakfast food. It is usually made with a base of fiber-rich oats, nuts and dried fruit. However, if you’re buying granola at the supermarket, don’t be fooled by the fact that the cereal boxes have words like “farms” and “nature” on them. Even store-bought “organic” granola is still not very healthy in terms of its ingredients, and in fact, often has about four different kinds of…

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