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Easy Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream

If you like tropical flavors this easy coconut pineapple ice cream is a delicious treat to make.  When it’s really hot outside, what better way to beat the heat.  The best part, there are only 4 ingredients in it. One of the best gifts I got is a Cuisinart ice cream maker from Williams Sonoma. So fun to use in…

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Garden

15 Dazzling Plants for a Luminous Moon Garden

I’m always dreaming of an enchanting moon garden with bright white flowers, silvery and variegated foliage.  Sweet floral fragrance will be filling the air.  I have the perfect spot in the garden to do this – right outside the bedroom. Because I have large windows and glass door, I can easily view the garden. Scent in the Air In my…

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Garlic Herb Shrimp Skillet

This Garlic Herb Shrimp Skillet is the fastest dish you will ever make. When you’re on the go the whole day and you don’t have much time to prepare, this is it. Inspired by the Italian flavors of rosemary, thyme, garlic and olive oil, it’s so simple to make. When buying shrimp, the bigger size  (16-20 count) is the best…

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Summer Vegetable Frittata with Fontina

Every summer season I look forward to making this vegetable frittata.  When my zucchini and tomato plants are bursting with fruit, this is one way I enjoy them. For something so fresh, I keep it simple and let their natural flavor and sweetness shine. Certainly all the fresh flavors of summer are in this dish with superfoods like tomatoes, basil,…

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Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Parmigiano

In this recipe, the sautéed green beans are so crisp tender and delicious. It might be  your new favorite version of a classic. (Sorry mushy veggies, no offense.) No more fried onions.  No more overcooked, dull beans. My sweet cousin Cora from Italy just sent me a box of Italian goodies.  Of course, the box included two big wedges of…

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Easy Mini Tarts with Peach, Plum and Apricot

When life gives you peaches, make pie and tarts.  Our little peach tree which we just planted last fall surprised us with fruit this summer. So some of them are going in these rustic easy dessert with plums and apricots. Easy and Quick Tarts What makes this recipe easy is the puff pastry  I used is store-bought and they come in…

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This Month’s Favorites from my Kitchen

Because I love to cook (and eat) I love to share with you some of my favorites that I have tried.  Some of them I use as ingredients in cooking, and some are tiny indulgences I just like to snack on. 1. Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake & All-Purpose Baking Mix For those mornings when you don’t have a lot of…

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12 Low Maintenance Plants to Grow in Your Garden

If you hate gardening chores but love a beautiful landscape, there are a lot of low maintenance plants you can grow.  Knowing your planting zone and checking if certain plants will thrive in your area is one of the most important things in gardening. In my garden (zone 10) near the coast, I’ve tried growing these easy-to-care-for plants and I’m…

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Summer season has just began here in California and I am craving for  grilled shrimp tacos. Because shrimp cooks fast, it’s one of the easiest meals to prepare.  The tangy cabbage slaw topping cuts through the richness of the shrimp and serves like the salsa. If you are avoiding dairy, you will love the creamy smashed avocado smeared on the…

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