Posts tagged summer
Last Day of Summer in Palos Verdes

The weather was perfectly summery and Californian as I opened the sunroof and windows, with long hair blowing wildly in the wind. My youngest daughter, seven, carried an armful of dolls into the car for her entertainment, while my ten year old daughter listened to music through her headphones. The drive was clear and we were sailing smooth on the southbound 405 freeway from the heat of the San Fernando Valley, with the Labor Day holiday to thank for an open road.

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Cherries

The bounty of summertime inspires me to make something sweet out of juicy cherries. Of course, there's always a good cherry pie to be made. But just as simple, clafoutis, a rustic French baked fruit recipe, is delightful when you've got bowlfuls of cherries plus guests and/or family to please after a weekend dinner. Cherry Clafoutis. It sounds fancy, but do not be in the least bit concerned if you can't make a dessert. This is so easy. 

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Plums in July

I'm creating a garden in my backyard. This is a dream come true for me. I took a day off to accomplish a list of things, but instead of recipe creating and taking photos, I'm drinking iced tea with lemon and mint, while instructing the gardener and crew around the yard, showing them where I'd like to plant the large pots of jasmine, bougainvillea and creeping fig. 

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Summer Afternoon {Green Garden Gazpacho}

The first time I had "green garden gazpacho" was at Superba in Venice. Made of asparagus, peas, cucumber, yogurt, olive oil. How Chef Jason Neroni made this recipe exactly I could only guess by taste. The yogurt was spooned artfully into a wide bowl, a pillow on top of the verdant green purée, surrounded by a wreath of delicate edible flowers in white and yellow, a sprig of asparagus, with a voluptuous drizzle of olive oil dappled upon its velvety surface. The beauty of that soup captured me.

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