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Strawberries Romanoff

Marinate berries in liqueur and sugar for a special summer dessert! Leave the liqueur off for the kids and just serve freshly sliced strawberries with whipped cream, Greek yogurt or coconut milk!

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  • 4 cups sliced strawberries (1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/4 Cointreau
  • Whipped cream
  • Mint for garnish (optional)


  • Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl, cover and chill for about 3 hours
  • When ready to serve, spoon strawberry mixture into bowls or cocktail glasses, top with whipped cream and garnish with mint
  • Enjoy! 🙂


Dill Ranch Dressing

My favorite dressing at PCC is this fresh “dill ranch” dressing. They only sell it in small one serving sizes with salads to go, so I looked up the recipe, made it, and it turned out just as excellent as the in store version!

Here you go! 🙂

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (I omitted because I didn’t have this ingredient, still tasted great!)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (to make thinner if desired)


  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir together with a whisk until the herbs and spices are mixed evenly.
  • For a thinner dressing add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve!
  • Serve with fresh cut vegetables or salad.


Thanks PCC Natural Markets for this recipe!


Asparagus Pistachio Pesto

It’s asparagus season and we are seeing a lot of beautiful crisp fresh green stalks in stores locally. If you love asparagus, lemon, garlic, olive oil and pistachios, you will LOVE this! It is totally, amazingly, delicious. This recipe directs you to blanch the asparagus quickly and then process into pesto. Perfect spring or summer appetizer or side! Enjoy! 🙂

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  • 1 lb asparagus, tough ends removed
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 lemon, juiced (2 to 3 Tbsps, I used Champagne Vinegar)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup olive oil


  • Blanch or steam asparagus until al dente and still a bold green
  • Refresh in cool water
  • Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces
  • In food processor, pulse garlic, pistachios, lemon juice, salt and pepper a few times, then add asparagus
  • Pulse the processor to make sure mixture is not over mixed, while gradually adding olive oil
  • Process until desired consistency

Thanks PCC Natural Markets!


Marzipan “Strawberries”

I made marzipan “strawberries” for Valentine’s Day this year. They are a fun and festive and really a super cute dessert to make any season! The kids made marzipan snakes, but those snakes were eaten faster than I could take a picture! Next time. 🙂

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Create a batch of marzipan by following the instructions here and substitute some beet juice for egg white. It really is that simply, but I realize that may seem a bit ambiguous. Here’s what I did. I cleaned and peeled some beets, put them in a pot of water to boil and when done set beets aside to cool and saved about 1/8 cup of the beet juice. Then when mixing the marzipan I added beet juice a tablespoon at a time to get the desired color pink. If your marzipan gets too runny, add some more almond meal and sugar and then work with the dough to get desired consistency and color. Note that marzipan will firm up overnight as well. So make a batch, wrap it in plastic, and then make your confections when you’re ready to do so! We are going to make marzipan “oranges” (and more snakes!) next, so stay tuned for that. 🙂

The stems are tomato vine stems! And after making these strawberries, dipped them in chocolate. Recipe included in instructions above.


Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella and Watermelon Skewers

We’re having another “heat wave” (Seattle doesn’t really know what to do when it’s 80+ degrees (except celebrate perhaps). Get to 90+ though and we start melting). With no air conditioning, we try not to cook and bake much, instead we head to the lake for picnic dinners or grill on our deck. These skewers require no grilling or cooking however and are totally summer, totally simple, and totally delicious.

We had these at a wedding few weeks ago in California. It was the perfect appetizer.

You skewer cherry tomatoes, cubed mozzarella, cubed watermelon and fresh basil leaves. Then drizzle with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette and serve! So easy!

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  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Watermelon, slice into 1″ cubes
  • Mozzarella, cubed
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Skewers (look for bamboo knot cocktail / Hors’ D’oeuvre picks)


  • Skewer tomatoes, watermelon and cheese with basil layered in
  • Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve
  • Enjoy!


Fresh Squeezed Sparkling Orange Juice

This was our Easter brunch drink, super simple, super yummy. The kids LOVE to help squeeze oranges on our little juicer, so you can make this into a fun kid activity and show them where juice comes from! 🙂

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  • Oranges
  • Sparkling water
  • Fresh rosemary, thyme or mint for garnish


  • Juice oranges and pour in glasses
  • Top with a splash of sparkling water
  • Garnish with fresh herbs
  • Serve!


Basil Lime Fruit Salad

This recipe takes your standard fruit salad and adds a savory undertone and some garden party elegance! 🙂 With whipped cream or coconut milk – it is pure deliciousness! I served this for my Easter brunch and made the syrup days in advance – you can clean and cut the fruit a day in advance, refrigerate separately and toss to serve!

The original recipe called for a 1/2 cup of sugar in the syrup but I generally don’t add sweeteners to fruit. I did add one tablespoon of agave syrup however to balance out the lime and basil. There’s definitely some flexibility here so go ahead and taste your way to the perfect syrup. 🙂

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  • 1 Tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp grated lime rind


  • You can really use whatever fruit your heart and tummy desires including but not limited to –
  • Cubed pineapple (about one medium)
  • Quartered strawberries (about 1lb)
  • Cubed peeled mango (1 or 2)
  • 4 kiwifruit, peeled, halved and sliced
  • Grapes, apples, pears, oranges..


  • Combine agave and water and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in basil and lime rind
  • Cool and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Discard solids.
  • Combine cleaned and chopped fruit and drizzle with syrup right before serving
  • Toss gently
  • Garnish with whipped cream, coconut milk and a mint leaf! 🙂