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Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Avocado Chimichurri

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at Border Grill. All of the food was fantastic, but one of the most memorable dishes was an avocado chimichurri that was served with tomatoes on top of crostini. It was the California version of bruschetta and it was delicious. I got the recipe after lunch and tried it out a few times at home. It’s easy to ... Read More »

Micro-bakeries are raising the bar for bread

Freshly baked Epi

Artisan bakeries have been a trend for so many years that they’re not a trend anymore – they’re simply where we go to look for great bread. But even though the idea of artisan bread has been around for some time now, that doesn’t mean that it is widely available. In large cities – especially places with very strong foodie traditions – you’ll find more ... Read More »

Strawberry Basil Sorbet

Strawberry Basil Sorbet

An overripe strawberry is one that is sweet and juicy, but starting to lose a little bit of its firmness. It’s not the kind of berry that you want to add to a fresh fruit salad because it is not picture-perfect, but it still tastes delicious and there is no reason to throw it out. A basket full of overripe strawberries is the perfect excuse ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

When I asked on Facebook about what people were baking this past weekend, it seemed like a lot of people didn’t want to turn on the oven because it was so hot. If you’re caught in a heatwave right now, try a batch of Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, which won’t require you to turn on your oven. And if you feel like you can handle ... Read More »

What is Coconut Flour?

Coconut Flour brands

Coconut flour is a gluten free “flour” that is essentially dried coconut in powdered form. It is made from the coconut solids that are left over after the meat been used to produce coconut milk. The solids are ground into a very fine, flour-like powder. The flour is popular for gluten free and low-carb baking, since it is low in carbohydrates and very high in ... Read More »

Seasonal Produce Calendars

Seasonal Produce Calendars

Produce tends to be less expensive, more flavorful and more nutrient-dense when it is in season. Off season, fruits and veggies are picked at less-than-optimal ripeness levels in an effort to extend their shelf life – often because they are picked far away from where they will be sold and have a long journey to get there. It is easy to tell when fruits and ... Read More »

Mango Coconut Bread

Mango Coconut Bread

Mango is one of those fruits that I typically just eat fresh, rather than saving for a baking project. The firm, juicy fruit has a fantastic texture and flavor – and it is just about irresistible when ripe. But you can actually bake with mangoes, if you are able to hold yourself back, and they are a great fruit to work with. The flesh stays ... Read More »

I Scream Sandwich

I Scream Sandwich

Most of us don’t feel like baking during hot weather, but it’s hard to turn down a cookie even when it feels like an oven outside. Bakers need to do a little bit of advance planning during the summer so that they can bake while it’s cool outside and still have treats to eat when it is hot. An ice cream sandwich is one of ... Read More »

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