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Postcard…US 101 South

Fall in Summerland

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Still waiting for fall…

‘Long hot summer’ perfectly describes  Santa Barbara as we near the end of October… too long, too hot, too much summer!!!  Tee shirts, flip flops and shorts – the only way to stay comfortable-

and salads for supper

a nice cold, crisp Caesar !!!

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Caesar dressing (absque ovum)

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2 cloves garlic, crushed

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon grainy dijon mustard

4 anchovy fillets, minced

grated parmesan cheese

whisk ingredients together, adding 1/2 cup olive oil in a steady stream

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dress the whole grain croutons

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toss with Romain

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plate with boiled egg, shaved parmesan, cracked pepper

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So ready for a nip in the air, a cashmere sweater, a hearty beef bourguignon….

California dreamin’!!!

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Strike while the figs are ripe!!

I love to cook – especially in the fall as the days shorten and the air cools!  Not here!!!  We are still in the throes of a particularly hot Indian summer, as I long for the richer, weightier flavors of fall.  Finding both figs and fresh Brussels sprouts in my refrigerator…thanks to my wonderful personal shopper…

halved, salted and peppered

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seared

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figs quartered

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honey drizzled

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served with RANA mushroom ravioli with a squeeze of lemon and a bit of filet mignon

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a fabulous fall fix!!!

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Late summer side…………..

Summer’s waning days are always a challenge to me in the kitchen.  Summer fare, like summer fashion has begun to run its course, to beg for something a bit more substantial, complex…

the answer:  beans!

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white beans, garlic, olive oil

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rosemary, thyme

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plated and drizzled with more olive oil, salt and pepper

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topped with oven-dried tomatoes

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roasted corn cut from the cob

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roasted green onions

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surrounded by croutons

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garnished with basil

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served with grilled rack of pork

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TRANSITIONAL!!!!!!!

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inspired by ‘How Sweet It Is’

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Postcard from the library

Summer reading at Nona’s for my favorite little people!

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Simple Summer Sandwich

Hot, humid here…with a chance of rain

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French country bread, cucumber, basil, mayo, cracked pepper

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soft…crunchy…piquant…subtle

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a summer treat to keep you cool as a cucumber!!!

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A peach by any other name…..

Who knew a nectarine was simply a variety of peach………..possibly domesticated in China over 4,000 years ago!?!  Although bearing tiny fruit, our nectarine tree continues to ride out the drought.  Searching for a way to use the small, but delicious fruit, I adapted a recipe found on the internet.  An immediate hit, the pie has been on repeat now using amazing nectarines from Trader Joe’s.

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