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Macho Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a tomato-based vegetable soup, best served cold. It originated in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. It is widely consumed …

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Roasted Beets & Applewood Bacon Salad

This hearty salad doesn’t miss a beet! Loaded with roasted root vegetables, thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, sweet fennel, spicy greens, and pomegranate …

Artichoke Soup

Hog’s Breath Inn is a sheltered little restaurant in the heart of downtown Carmel, California. A large hog’s head post graces the …

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Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

Home cooked food is nutritious and delicious! I used regular Russets for this recipe since that’s what I had on hand, but …

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Ratatouille

The word ratatouille comes from the French word Touiller which means to toss food. Sounds like fun already, doesn’t it! The prepared …

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Polenta with Truffle

Polenta was originally and still is classified as a peasant food. Basically, corn meal mush, it’s easy to make and pairs well …

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What’s in Season Now

I made a trip to my local farmers market and discovered that the first Mandarin oranges of the season are in! The …

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Braised Grapes

Impress your dinner guests with this very simple, yet elegant appetizer. I like to use black seedless grapes. Straight from the oven, …

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Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup

I adapted this recipe from a soup at Pete’s Southside Cafe (now closed) in San Luis Obispo, California. In the late 90s, …