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Heirloom Tomato Tartlets

Heirloom Tomato Tartlets

My mother still loves to tell a story about how, when I was little, I ate all the tomatoes out of a tomato salad. She figures it would have put me off tomatoes, but there’s still nothing in the world I crave like a fresh heirloom or beefsteak tomato. It turns out that craving tomatoes…

Apple Tartlets with Maple + Gorgonzola

Apple Tartlets with Maple + Gorgonzola

One of the many hiking trails off our neighborhood is called the “Apple Orchard Loop.” And until my sister and I hiked it and I saw the trees laden with gorgeous fresh apples, I didn’t realize that there was really an apple orchard on Apple Orchard Loop. What can I say? Two master’s degrees in math and…

Warm Berry Buckle + Ice Cream

Warm Berry Buckle + Ice Cream

Prior to shutting down Eat.Fly.Love. and moving all our posts over here to The Grape Soda Club so that Scott and I could make this a team effort, I toyed around with starting another blog – a cooking blog – under the title “Bright Red Notebook.” Why the title? Because just about all of my recipes in progress…

A Cherry Tart for My Cherry Pie

A Cherry Tart for My Cherry Pie

I always end up on my classic rock Pandora station when I run. Okay, it’s not just when I run. The ’80’s are alive and well on my music lineup no matter where I am, and when Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” came up in the rotation the other day…I won’t hold it fully responsible for the…

Spring Greens Salad with Fresh Strawberries

Spring Greens Salad with Fresh Strawberries

Since we’re talking about fresh and healthy local produce around here, let’s talk about strawberries. Fresh, ripe spring strawberries are awesome in so many ways. Normally, they’re the first fruit to ripen in the spring, but since we’ve had such a weird year weatherwise, we’re only just now getting some of the truly fresh and…

Simply Delicious Apple Pie

Simply Delicious Apple Pie

There are a lot of apple pie recipes out there. And there are a lot of good apple pie recipes out there. So why, you ask, am I going to the trouble to jot down an apple pie recipe when it’s probably a lot easier to just pull one up on the iPad when I start feeling…

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

I’ve been mildly intrigued by the idea of apple sauce pork chops ever since I saw them on a Food Network special. Not necessarily intrigued in a good way, but more in a scientific kind of way, in a “what could possibly inspire someone to put two so seemingly random things together” kind of way. But curiosity, I’ve…

Home Grape Harvest + Easy Jam

Home Grape Harvest + Easy Jam

When you think of grape growing in the heart of California’s wine country, you probably don’t think about Concord grapes. Concords are the deep indigo beauties that make you think more of things like Knotts and Smuckers and PB&Js. And they’re typically grown in places like the Finger Lakes, the Great Lakes, and Yakima Valley…

Grilled Swordfish with Mango Salsa

Grilled Swordfish with Mango Salsa

It’s amazing how many different flavors the Hawaiian islands have. While I’m beyond glad that Hawaiian cuisine itself is being recognized among culinary circles, it’s also important to understand that even within the term “Hawaiian cuisine,” there are lots of subtle nuances. Maui and its ranches favor traditional beef and pork dishes, Oahu brings an abundance…

Apple Bacon Stuffing

Apple Bacon Stuffing

Not a lot has changed around my house from the Thanksgiving dinners we had when I was growing up. Ingredients, maybe. Amount of wine consumed, sure. But not much else. Thanksgiving at our house always took place at about 2pm. My dad had us all helping with the prep, but when it was cooking time,…

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