Heirloom Tomato and Peach Caprese Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Peach Caprese Salad I’ll have to admit that I’ve been feeling a little unhealthy over this past week – minimal time spent doing physical activities and maximum time spent consuming large quantities of processed junk.  In an attempt to turn things around, I made this Heirloom Tomato and Peach Caprese Salad last night.  Topped with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, this salad is a fresh mix of heirloom tomatoes, sliced peaches, mozzarella cheese and chopped basil.  Followed by a lengthy walk through Balboa Park, this dinner was just what I needed to go from feeling no good to so good.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Skillet Pizza

Skillet Pizza I’ve prepared a countless number of pan pizzas over the years; however, recently I decided to test a new method of making pizza.  Heating a cast iron skillet on the stove top provides the high heat needed to achieve a brick oven-like crust (without the brick oven!).  The finished pizza has a crispy, slightly charred crust.  Topped with seasoned tomato sauce and melty mozzarella cheese, this might just be the perfect homemade pizza!  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Summer Cocktails

Summer Cocktails - Cucumber Lime Basil Martini A good friend of mine once said, “The key to a successful dinner party is to start with great cocktails.”  His reasoning is that if your guests are boozed up, they won’t notice any of the mistakes you make and your food is guaranteed to taste good!  While I certainly think this is valuable advice, I like to serve mixed drinks for a different reason.  Providing your guests with signature cocktails can really give your party an elevated, restaurant-like feel.  Continue reading for two Summer Cocktail recipes:  Cucumber Lime Basil Martini and The Rosebud.

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