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Summer Vegetable Pasta with Pappardelle

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By the time summer finally hits I am so over all of the root vegetables and ready to indulge in some delicious fresh ripe sweet tomatoes, just like in this Summer Vegetable Pasta with Pappardelle.  Don’t get me wrong, I love root vegetables and all of the fresh produce available over the winter months, but summer just brings to light my most favorite veggies and fruits.  I’m Italian so liking tomatoes was a gene inherited at birth, and because of it I eat them and cook with them as much as possible when in season.     My biggest regret…

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Vanilla Cashew Rice Pudding with Coconut and Passion Fruit

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When I was growing up I remember my mom always making some odd, sweet luke-warm rice thing with cinnamon in it, which at the time seemed kind of gross.  Well fast forward 25 years and enter my Vanilla Cashew Rice Pudding with Coconut and Passion Fruit that I made myself.  The crazy thing is that it’s really no different than what my mom used to make decades ago, it’s just that I like it now.  Even when I was young and my mom made it I never even tried it, I just thought that I wouldn’t like it because it…

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Classic Nicoise Salad Recipe

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At least once a week we indulge in an all-out vegetable fest and this Classic Nicoise Salad Recipe hit the nail on the head!  I make so many rich, delicious foods and desserts that a few times a week we just crave nutrients from vegetables so I try to get all vegetarian, or in this case pescatarian, and create something amazing.  I have always been a sucker for Nicoise Salad, in fact I did one some years back but roasted every single ingredient on the grill including the romaine lettuce.  This time around I wanted to use up the new…

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Berry Acai Bowl Recipe with Coconut, Bananas and Hemp Seeds

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If you haven’t noticed the craze out there for acai bowls then you’ve clearly been under a rock because these things are everywhere.  I decided to stick my toe in the water and my own Berry Acai Bowl Recipe with Coconut Bananas and Hemp Seeds that is so delicious I’ve been eating for breakfast every morning since last week.  It’s incredibly easy to make and is so versatile depending on what fresh fruits are in season and on sale. To make the acai bowl, it starts with acai powder.  Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it, because honestly I…

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Yogurt Tart with Fresh Berries Recipe

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I’m into easy these days. Chasing a 3-year-old around day and night, super busy at work, and just finishing up remodeling our kitchen I want delicious and I want simple. My daughter and wife each have a sweet tooth of epic proportion so it’s always my job to delivery, only problem is I don’t have time to be baking sweet treats or serving up ice cream all day long. I wanted to explore what it would look like to make a delicious dessert that is dairy free and loaded with fresh berries so I created this Yogurt Tart. Too much…

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How to Make Churros

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These may be my new favorite, especially with coffee in the morning, and how I’ll show you how to make churros and just how easy they are to prepare.  Last summer I was in Columbus, Ohio tearing up the town looking for the very best in all things culinary.  I took one of those food bus tours and landed at a little Mexican bake shop.  When we got there they greeted us with homemade churros that were literally still hot, and from there I fell in love.  Sure I’ve had churros before but it had been awhile, and ever since…

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Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich with Kale

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If you aren’t Italian you’ve probably not fried up eggplant too often.  That’s ok if you haven’t because now’s your chance to make this amazing Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich with Kale. Start by making a very simple, yet delicious, marinara sauce consisting of Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes, onions, garlic, dry basil and oregano.  Easy and amazing, the only way I like to cook. Next, slice the eggplant with the peelings still on and dip them in an egg and milk batter followed up with a parmesan bread crumb crust. Next, fry them up in canola oil on high heat until golden brown on…

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Overnight Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

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If you want quick, easy and delicious in the morning then this Overnight Chocolate Quinoa Pudding recipe is for you! While the chocolate quinoa pudding is delicious by itself it is even more amazing when peanut butter, bananas and honey are mixed in. Just mix together some almond milk, yogurt, cooked quinoa a 1 packed of Swiss Miss sweet cocoa, put it in an air tight container and keep it overnight. Boom, Overnight Chocolate Quinoa Pudding! The combo of flavors are so dang good and honestly the more bananas, honey, walnut and peanut butter that is mixed in, the better! Pack them…

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