Apricot Blueberry Galette

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By Estelle Hayes Summer means the return of stone fruit, friends! Be forewarned, this space will be littered with nectarines, plumes, plouts, apricots and peaches for the next few months. I’m an equal opportunity stone fruit lover. So there it is. My go-to recipe for cooked fruit is Sherry Page’s galette. Last night, I threw together the dough with my 4 year-old and added apricots and blueberries fresh from the market. In truth, the apricots were a little tart, which made them ideal for being cooked down in a bit of sugar. The galette is Read More →

Cheers to Your Health ~ Almond Berry Smoothie

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By Estelle Hayes I’m helping to plan a bridal shower next month for a friend and I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a refreshing welcome drink for the guests. Since we’ll be serving plenty of champagne, I’m leaning toward a healthy shot glass of a fruit smoothie to kick off the party. I’m officially hooked on Tina Jeffers’ homemade vanilla almond milk. It blends perfectly with a handful of organic blueberries that are all over the farmer’s market now. I added a bit of frozen banana to this mixture and it came out a bit thick Read More →

Allergy Mom ~ Egg Free Cupcake Recipe

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By Danielle Copeman The hardest part for a food allergy child are celebrations. It would be hard to attend your friend’s birthday party and not partake in the celebratory treats, right? As my egg allergic girl gets older, I see the sadness and frustration in her eyes when she is told that it is not safe for her to eat. It is torture for her and for me to watch. What I have learned to do is be prepared. Over prepared in fact. I bake safe (egg free) treats for her and freeze them. A Read More →

In the Garden: Growing Basil

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A chilled movie theater, a glowing campfire, a backyard BBQ, an ocean breeze… Ahhh, the glorious aromas of summer. The ‘season of bounty’ may not be here just yet, but its mascot herb sure is, and- next to tomatoes- nothing smells more like summer than basil fresh from the garden. But its fragrance is just the beginning.  Aside from serving as the special key ingredient for a number of summer dishes, savory sauces, and sweet treats, basil is one of the simplest annual herbs to maintain.  And best of all, it’s the plant that keeps Read More →

Cheers to Your Health ~ Tropical Juice

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If you can’t get away to an island vacation, the least you can do is treat yourself to a festive (and healthy) tropical drink. This one reminds me of few of my favorite Odwalla drinks that I used to pay a pretty penny for, until I discovered juicing, of course. The recipe is easy and packed with vitamins A and C. 1 whole papaya 1 cup pineapple, cubed 1 whole orange I juiced the contents, but I think the result would have been just as delicious blended. It was a nice, reasonably thick drink and Read More →

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