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*CopyCat* Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

This yum­my, cream-based veg­e­tar­i­an toma­to soup is a per­fect copy­cat ren­di­tion of the toma­to basil soup at a lit­tle place I came to love dur­ing my time in Dal­las ((La Madeleine)). I first came across La Madeleine while get­ting my Master’s at SMU and thanks to it’s prox­im­i­ty to cam­pus — not only did I get a Master’s degree, I also became very famil­iar with the taste their sig­na­ture soup. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Tomato Avocado Spinach Salad w/ Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Here in Okla­homa, we are in that sea­son­al blur between sum­mer and fall, some days feel just like mid-July and oth­er days whis­per of change with gray over­cast skies and cool breezes. Yes, it’s time for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent but while while sum­mer keeps hang­ing on, I feel the urgency to make the most of summer’s pro­duce. This sal­ad is a blend of fresh sum­mer good­ness and still per­fect­ly points to fall’s hearty, com­fort­ing, fla­vor-packed sides. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Spicy Bean & Rainbow Veggie ((No-Peek)) Veggie Stew

A pound of dried beans, a col­or­ful med­ley of fresh veg­gies and a few pantry sta­ples are often my tick­et to a sim­ple, tasty din­ner­time solu­tion. While away on our recent vaca­tion, NO-PEEK bean stew made it’s way to our din­ner table sev­er­al times. In order to bring a lit­tle vari­ety to my favorite no-peek method ((see more ideas HERE)), I switched up the veg­gies, spices and cook­ing liq­uid.

It’s always fun­ny to watch the kids com­pare my dif­fer­ent “No-Peeks” espe­cial­ly when left­overs from the last no-peek still exist. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Easy 5-Ingredient Heirloom Tomato & White Cheddar Farmhouse Pie

There is noth­ing quite as tasty as a per­fect­ly ripe gar­den toma­to. I am tick­led to say my gar­den is cur­rent­ly pop­ping out some of the tasti­est, acidic, slight­ly sweet toma­toes I have ever tast­ed. They are per­fect with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pep­per, but with the boun­ty that I am har­vest­ing, I decid­ed to expand my toma­to recipes a bit. This 5-ingre­di­ent recipe is almost as easy as slice, sea­son and eat!

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Toasted Walnut & Garden-Fresh Sweet Basil Pesto ((Homemade))

It has been a tough sea­son for the gar­den! I had one squash to har­vest ((boo to the squash bugs)), a few beets, pithy radish­es galore, not one bean and the toma­toes have begrudg­ing­ly pro­duced — if that is even pos­si­ble. But a few things have been out­stand­ing — and I am not refer­ring to the weeds.

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Green Beans with Apricots and Walnuts

It has been a while since I have shared a real­ly good side dish — and this is a real­ly good one! I have about 5 recipes in wait­ing to be pub­lished, but I have to hold back and give this lit­tle recipe a chance to shine. I came up with it on the fly as an accom­pa­ni­ment to my yum­my Spicy Shrimp Tacos. As I was  Con­tin­ue read­ing

Heirloom Tomato Salsa ((straight from the garden!!))

You guys may have learned this by now, but let me just say it again for the record! Chips & sal­sa are my love lan­guage. It used to be Chips & sal­sa AND Diet Dr. Pep­pers from Son­ic, but I gave up the DDP addic­tion 10 months ago ((and it was SO hard to do — I am NEVER going back!!)). Any­way, about the chips and sal­sa… Con­tin­ue read­ing

French Onion Dip ((the real deal folks))

I am a dip glut­ton. Wow — that sounds hor­rid. What I mean is, I love, love, love dip!! But it has to be real­ly good. And when it is REALLY good, I have a hard time walk­ing away. Being a self pro­claimed “dip glut­ton” means I know a real­ly good dip when I taste one. And this, my friends, is a GOOD dip.

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Irish Potatoes ((with their jackets on)) and Fresh Green Beans

How about a lit­tle recipe on this Irish Hol­i­day? Sev­er­al things announce the entrance of Spring: the longer days, warmer breezes, whis­pers of green that sneak­i­ly begin appear­ing amongst the grays of win­ter. Saint Patrick’s Day seems to declare to Win­ter “You shall not pass!” and Win­ter sub­mits, qui­et­ly yield­ing to Spring’s advance. This must be true because days that fol­low St. Patrick’s Day are notably warmer and brighter!

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Homemade Oven-Roasted Restaurant Style Salsa ((This is as GOOD as it gets!))

This could total­ly be one of “those” recipes. You know, one of the recipes that is kept secret — locked up and nev­er shared in it’s entire­ty?? Good for you — I am bad at keep­ing a good thing secret! In addi­tion to being the most per­fect sal­sa tast­ing sal­sa, it is just so very easy to make. You must try this at home! Con­tin­ue read­ing

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