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A Floral Peach & Chicken Salad

A Floral Peach & Chicken Salad with Tequila Honey Lime Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #edible #flower #peach #chicken #salad #recipe

with fresh mint, cilantro, pine nuts, goat cheese and a Tequila Honey Lime Vinaigrette I made this salad a month or so ago, when there were sooo many edible flowers in my yard. I didn’t have time to post it then, though, so I saved the photos for later. It was such a lovely salad! […]

Mr. Rife Chicken

Mr. Rife Chicken ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chicken with #mushrooms #peppers #onion #recipe

A healthy chicken dish seasoned simply with onion, peppers, and mushrooms, created by a teacher and good friend of ours who had a profound effect on my son’s (and, consequently, all of our) lives. Mr. Rife was our TaeKwonDo instructor, who befriended my son and invited him to play D&D with him and his friends. […]

Pesto Eggplant Parmesan Grilled Cheese

Pesto Eggplant Parmesan Grilled Cheese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #vegetarian #eggplant #sandwich #recipe

Eggplant Parmesan is a divine dish even for eggplant haters, but it is typically loaded with fat from frying the eggplant and then putting sauce and loads of cheese on top. It takes a bit of work, too, to do all that. This sandwich is superb simplicity. It’s eggplant parmesan without all the work. Even […]

Spiced Plum Cobbler Cake

Spiced Plum Cobbler Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #plum #dessert #cobbler #recipe

  Visiting my parents last weekend, my dad mentioned that the plums on his plum tree were ready. There was a HUGE wind that night and sooo many of the plums were blown off the tree. In the morning, we went out and sorted through all the plums on the ground and then we picked […]

Hot Pepper Harissa Bean & Veggie Stew

Hot Pepper Harissa Bean & Veggie Stew ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #vegetable #stew #recipe

I had never met Harissa until I read Ally’s cookbook. This woman seriously has an incredible repertoire of flavors from all over the world. There is an entire chapter dedicated to some very intriguing spices and Harissa was one of them. I took one look and knew I had to try it. From North Africa, […]

Cinnamon Cranberry Chai Zucchini Bread

Cinnamon Cranberry Chai Zucchini Bread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #chai #zucchini #bread #recipe

Adapted from Simple Bites’ Best Zucchini Bread Ever When is the season where cinnamon and cranberries and hot chai intersect with zucchini? Sadly, I know, it doesn’t exist … these things never coincide. Cinnamon, perhaps, because cinnamon is an all-season sort of spice (but especially beloved in the fall) and chai too is welcomed in […]

Garden Harvest Breakfast Bowl

Garden Harvest Breakfast Bowl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #baked #egg #breakfast #recipe

This lovely breakfast is a little “nest” made out of grilled (or roasted) harvest veggies, with an egg baked in the middle, topped with a bit of cheese. You can add breakfast meat such as breakfast sausage or a bit of bacon if you like, too, but to me, it’s not needed. The fresh garden […]

Minted Cantaloupe Chicken Salad

Minted Cantaloupe Chicken Salad with Minted Yogurt Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #melon #salad #recipe

My dad gave me one of his first few prized cantaloupes from his garden. Dad absolutely loves cantaloupe and always plants an abundance of them in his garden. We await them eagerly every year. They are sooo sweet and juicy and wonderful. When you put a piece in your mouth, it practically melts on your […]

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Preserved in Olive Oil

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Preserved in Olive Oil ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #preservation #recipe

Adapted slightly from Heartbeat Kitchen A couple weekends ago I visited my sister and she had one cherry tomato plant that was absolutely exploding with tomatoes. She had so many that she didn’t have a clue what to do with them all … and asked if I would take some. Of course I obliged … […]

Lavender Lemon Zucchini Loaf

Lavender Lemon Zucchini Loaf ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #cake #zucchini #lemon #recipe

Adapted just slightly from Lil Luna This is not really a zucchini “bread” … it is a cake. It is made with cake flour and a good amount of oil, just like a cake. It has a light, cakey, white texture and a light crumb. The glaze is added shortly after taking the loaves from the oven […]