Month: August 2011

Vine Ripe San Marzano Tomato, Basil, and Valencia Orange Gazpacho

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Appetizers / Gluten Free / Savory / soup / Summer

    I know I’m home when the weather is absolutely perfect, the canyons and beaches are lush, and I have a little dachshund following me around all day. This is home, and I miss it. It is where I grew up and fell in love with fresh produce and being outdoors. Every time I’m back, I find myself wanting to stay. It’s a lifestyle and special space that truly caters to my heart, and […]

Heirloom Tomato, Basil, Mayo Sandwiches and a Refreshing Blackberry Lemonade Lager

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Drinks / Sandwiches / Savory / Summer / Sweet / Tart

    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to throw together something incredibly and classically delicious. Heirloom tomatoes, basil, and mayonnaise on sandwich bread. And of course, a heavy sprinkle of kosher salt.¬† It’s a perfect lunch and there is absolutely nothing more satisfying than this. With all of summer’s tomatoes at their peak right now, it’s just so easy to make something so delicious, so quickly. Tomatoes truly are the best and life’s most tasty […]

Wild Blueberry Paste and Mozzarella Crostini, Champagne Grape Honey Spoons, and a Cheese Board

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Appetizers / Savory / Summer / Sweet

    Blueberries can be so luxurious. Especially when they’re preserved. There is absolutely nothing like the smell, flavor, and beautiful color of blueberries stewing over a hot stovetop. They are this unique exception to the berry family, and are what I imagine to be the perfect representation of summer fruit. Actually, a perfect representation of a berry itself. Raspberries and blackberries carry their flavor and color in their juice, while blueberries stand alone in […]

Terhune Orchards and a Blackberry and Blueberry Buckle Cake

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Gluten Free / Summer / Sweet / Tart

  Some friends of my fiance and I all decided to take a trip out to Terhune Orchards, a beautiful farm in Princeton, New Jersey.¬†There were blueberries and blackberries ready to be harvested and eaten out of hand. We started off meandering through the blueberry aisles. It was quiet, serene, and we were alone. I like the alone part. After about six minutes we all looked at each other with amazement in how intense the […]