Aug 28

This post is brought to you by the California Avocado Commission.

BLT Salad with Avocado Dressing

Last week we had an avocado-centric summer backyard BBQ party with some friends to celebrate the last day before school began for our kiddos. The get-together was enabled by my friends at the California Avocado Commission who sent us a California Avocado BBQ Party Package.  I set up an outside buffet that included a stone-fruit salad, a green salad, hamburger fixings, including a huge bowl of guacamole (guac burgers all the way baby!), and tortilla chips and salsa. [Read More…]


Aug 12

This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery.

Baked Salmon with Mango Ceviche

A week and a half ago I attended a special dinner at the City Creek Harmons Grocery in downtown Salt Lake City.  The dinner was to celebrate the introduction of Verlasso salmon to Harmons seafood cases.  Why the big deal?  In 2013, for the first time ever, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program listed an ocean-farmed salmon on its “yellow list” as a good alternative—Verlasso salmon farmed in the Patagonian waters of Chile.  Prior to this happening, farmed salmons had always been on the Seafood Watch’s “red list,” or the list of what should be avoided due to sustainability and environmental impact issues.  The positions on the Seafood Watch program’s lists cannot be purchased, and Verlasso’s move to the “yellow list” came after officials from the the Seafood Watch program made 12 separate visits to the Verlasso fishery and wrote up a 100 page study. [Read More…]


Summer Strawberry Pie with Harmons (+ A Giveaway!)

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This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. Summer is the best time for pie making because of the bounty nature offers: cherries, peaches . . . Oh who am I kidding? In my book there are 4 pie seasons: summer, fall, winter, and spring!  So to rephrase, summer pie season is fantastic because stone [...]

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Cherry Pico de Gallo

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In my post last week about Cacao Chili-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak, I briefly mentioned the cherry pico de gallo that I made as an accompaniment.  But, it wouldn’t be doing it justice to gloss over it, as it was maybe my favorite part of the whole meal, notwithstanding the sweet potato oven fries that were also [...]

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Simple Sweet Potato Oven Fries

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Four ingredients, and one of them is sweet potatoes . . . need I say more?  (Plus, it’s never too early to start planning your celebrations for National Sweet Potato Day next February, right?)  I love sweet potato fries, but don’t love the clean up, nor the added calories, that come with deep frying my [...]

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Sous Vide Cacao Chili-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak

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With it being Bastille Day today (the day that commemorates the beginning of the French revolution on the 14th of July in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille), I am utterly nostalgic, thinking of my time spent living in Paris as a college student.  Last week I read The Belly of Paris, written in [...]

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Cherry Lime Agua Fresca

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As a little girl, one of my favorite treats was a cherry limeade.  Sometimes when we visited my grandparents in Utah we would make a trip to Hires Big H, a great little Utah-based burger joint, that also happens to serve my all-time favorite cherry limeade.  Other people loved going to Hires for their homemade [...]

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Summer Fun, Fuji Bites — June 30, 2014

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So far this summer has been a whirlwind.  This past week I was in Southern California to see my brother’s exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. (How cool is that?!?)  During the week I had a bit of extra time and was able to drive down to see my friend Mimi and her [...]

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Japanese Potato Salad on KSL Studio 5

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I taped a segment on KSL’s Studio 5 last week, which aired Monday, whipping up the Japanese-style potato salad, which I shared last week.  Here is the link to the segment, if you are interested in watching!  (Click the play button on the picture once the page has finished loading.) If you’re interested in watching [...]

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Japanese Potato Salad

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It’s picnic season!  Are you as excited as I am?  I love eating outdoors, whether it’s taking a picnic to the park, or sitting out in our backyard while Mr. Fuji grills up something amazing.  Plus, we’ve got the Fourth of July coming up soon, which is a prime opportunity to serve a feast outside. [...]

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