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Turn up the heat on home cooking

Cool as a cuke with gazpacho

With the long, holiday weekend looming and the FIFA World Cup entering the quarter-finals on Friday, it’s a perfect opportunity to score a hat trick of futbol, food and fun. As expected, Spain triumphed over its neighbor, Portugal, earlier this week. The Spaniards will try to head off Paraguay at the goal post at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. With the hot weekend looming, why not invite over some fellow soccer aficionados and serve them a refreshing gazpacho with a Cadiz-inspired seafood… Read More »

Shrimp dish with a kick

  The 2010 FIFA World Cup is heating up this week, with the eight remaining teams fighting for their life in a single-elimination tournament.  That means there’s still time left to hold a knock-out World Cup party, cheering on your favorite team (USA is already out, by the way) with a dish or two from their native lands.      Tuesday’s match at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time promises to be exciting, with the two countries of the Iberian Peninsula going head to… Read More »

Fatoush for salad days of summer

One of my favorite summer salads  is Fatoush, a Middle Eastern bread salad made with pita and a savory blend of cherry tomatoes.  cucumber, mint, cilantro and parsley. It makes a perfect dinner on a hot night, and it gets a little kick from the zahtar, an aromatic herb and spice blend used widely in the Middle East. You can order fresh zahtar from a Petaluma company called Whole Spice, which sources premium herbs and grinds it all fresh.  (wholespice.com)  This recipe… Read More »

A nutty sauce for kebabs

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this warm weather, mostly because it makes dinner time a snap. Just  throw some protein on the barbie, make a quick salad and you’re good to go.  This recipe, from Jamie Purviance for Weber, offers a simple marinade for chicken with a killer sauce made from toasted walnuts, roasted red bell peppers, balsamic vinegar, bread crumbs and cumin.  It’s great on chicken, and I suspect it would be good on cardboard, it’s… Read More »

A cake for all reasons

As a June baby, I have a particular affinity for garden parties. Sitting outdoors in my garden, where I am usually  weeding and digging and pruning,  is a rare event. Throw in a few friends  and a sweet treat or two, and I am in heaven. This June, for the first time in many years, I will be not throwing a garden party for my birthday. I’ll be back in  Philadelphia  with my family. As a gift, I am leaving behind… Read More »