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Arugula & Avocado Salad

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This is a light salad, but provides loads of vitamins rich in antioxidants. Serves 2 Ingredients 3 cups arugula leaves- washed 1/2 avocado 1 green onion – thin sliced 1/2 orange –sliced with skin Dressing 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil pinch of salt to taste Instructions…

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Oven Roasted Grape Tomatoes

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These little jewels are a delicious flavor enhancer for pizza, paninis, pastas and salads. The dry roasting intensifies the natural sweetness while retaining the all important acidic component. Their flavor is well worth the relatively brief wait. Makes about 40 Your will need a baking sheet and parchment or waxed paper.  Storing: Keep in the…

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Kale & Almond Smoothie

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1/2 banana 1 quarter apple 1 cup frozen organic chopped kale 1 teaspoon almond butter 1 scoop Whole Foods vanilla protein powder 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk Calories: 275 / Protein 20g / Fat 6g / Sugar 12g / Carbs 29g / Fiber 6g High in potassium, excellent source of protein, good fiber and…

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The Vernal Equinox

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There are two moments each year that the sun is directly above the equator. As the Earth takes it fanciful voyage around the sun, twice a year it tips ever so perfectly and when it does both the Northern and Southern hemispheres of the world share its sunlight, and nightlight equally. These moments are called…

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Herb Blanched Asparagus with Heirloom Tomato and Balsamic Kumquat Reduction

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This is another simply gourmet dish that is perfect as an accompaniment to fish, pork, chicken or meat. It is a beautiful side dish or may be added to any mixed greens to make a sophisticated vegetarian entrée. If you have never used kumquats, don’t be afraid to work with them. They have a mild…

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Oven Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Thyme Mayonnaise

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Artichokes have many lives. They are simple to prepare and have an endless array of uses. They can be boiled, grilled, sautéed and roasted. Roasting is my personal favorite because of the many ways I can use them. They are delicious chopped and added to an omelet, frittata or pasta. Pureed they can be a…

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Tuscan White Beans with Plum Tomatoes and Sugar Beans

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This is a simple salad that is delicious serve warm or room temperature. It makes a great lunch on the go item and can be served on a salad of mix greens, as a side dish to roasted pork loin or mixed with a bit of mozzarella, mashed lightly and broiled on rustic French bread…

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Pan Roasted Root Vegetables

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Choose your favorite root vegetables, and don’t spend a lot of time prepping — I throw my onions and garlic in their skin attached, and my leeks with the root attached. They are easily removed once cooked. The garlic will get creamy and sweet, making a terrific Flavor Enhancer. Below is my favorite winter combination. It…

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Spiced Sautéed Pears over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Shaved Chocolate

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Simple, fast and beautiful. I like to serve this on a large red soup dish, giving it a dramatic look If you like nuts, add some toasted pecans as garnish. ripe pears 6 – skin removed, sliced into 8 sections vanilla bean 1 – optional cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon (preferably fresh) ginger 1…

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Quick Aioli

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Aioli is known as the “Sunshine of Provence”… It is warm, pungent and always a flavor boaster to any dish. Spread in on your grilled sandwiches, add it to a salad, combine it with tasty vinegars for a flavorful vinaigrette. Making it from scratch is very easy, but in a time crunch, pull out your…

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