Jul 19

On July 14th, 1789, the Bastille, a medieval fortress used as a state prison by the king, was stormed by the people of Paris, which commemorated the beginning of the French revolution, the end of Louis XVI’s reign as king of France, and a step towards independence.  In 1880 the Ministry of the Interior recommended that July 14th be celebrated as a national holiday.  In France this day is known as La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or La Fête de la Bastille (The Bastille Celebration), and usually referred to as Bastille Day here in the US.  It is celebrated with a military parade in Paris, fireworks, parties, dancing, etc.

With everything that has happened in France over the past few months, and on Bastille Day itself, I decided that my next post for California Avocados, was to help you get into the French spirit by giving you a recipe for a French dessert with a California twist.  This is one of my all-time favorite creations, a cream puff filled with a California Avocado Mascarpone Cream.  Oh yes, you read that right!  And let me tell you, you won’t regret making these!  So why not pack up a picnic basket French style with a baguette, some good cheese, charcuterie, pickles, and these cream puffs.  Or just the cream puffs, I won’t tell anyone.  You can grab the recipe over on The Scoop.

Cream Puffs filled with California Avocado Mascarpone Cream

*Disclosure: I was compensated by the California Avocado Commission for my time in developing the recipe and writing the post over on the The Scoop.  All experiences and opinions are my own.


Jul 15

Sauteed Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy Friday friends!! How’s everyone’s summer going?  During summer I always find myself wanting to be outside and out doing stuff, rather than stuck in the kitchen, which is kind of ironic, considering how much I love all of the fresh summer produce.  There’s just too much fun to be had, and to be honest, it’s a bit more chaotic because the kids aren’t in school.  Thank goodness for solutions that make sense.  My friend Stacie Billis, who writes the blog One Hungry Mama and who I collaborated with in curating the Peko Peko cookbook with back in 2011, just published her first personal cookbook!  The book is called Make it Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch and is filled with ideas on making cooking for your family doable by providing strategies, tips, and tricks that actually work in real life.  She advocates an approach that is all about “giving home cooks a laid-back and flexible approach to scratch cooking that uses healthy store-bought shortcuts when you need them for maximum flexibility” and provides a mix-and-match system where you can mix and match parts of a recipes to fit your tastes as well as mixing and matching dishes so you can create different menus.  This makes summer cooking, or cooking any time during the year for that matter, so much more approachable! [Read More…]


Hawaiian Macaroni Salad with Avocados

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We are having a ton of family come over, including my brother who is flying in from Washington.  I can’t wait!!  We plan on making a fire in our fire pit in the backyard for roasting hot dogs (and s’mores later, of course!), cooking burgers and veggies on the grill, and having a variety of […]

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How to Have a (Food) Safe Fourth of July

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The CDC estimates that roughly 48 million people get sick every year in the US, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.  The Fourth of July, unfortunately, is prime time for foodborne illness, thanks to some of our favorite dishes like potato salad and hamburgers, and the risk of getting sick from something […]

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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Last year I worked on a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that were gluten-free and Paleo.  After many rounds of cooking and tweaking, I finally had a cookie that I loved and so did my family.  I said that it was probably my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Earlier this year I decided to take […]

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Avocado Chickpea Salad Croissants

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I have always loved the croissants stuffed with chicken salad that always seem to be served at baby showers or other luncheons, so I decided to come up with a fresh twist on them and whipped up a chicken chickpea salad, including some of the normal ingredients, like halved grapes and creamy mayo-based dressing.  I […]

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Campfire Granola Bowls

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My friend Jesseca Hallows from the blog One Sweet Appetite is kind of amazing. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know her over the past few years as we have both been working as Harmons bloggers. She is a hard worker, extremely creative, a good friend, and an amazing cook. I have been anxiously […]

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Summer Berry Shrub

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This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. It’s time to up your summer beverage game, and I suggest that shrubs be a part of your game plan.  A shrub is a fruit and vinegar syrup that was popular during colonial America (before the invention of the refrigerator) as a delicious way to preserve […]

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California Avocado Bell Pepper Quiche Cups

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How is it possible that it’s already the middle of June?  The past few weeks have been a blur.  We have been in the whirlwind of the end of school activities, Mr. Fuji and I took an anniversary trip to Cancun, Mexico, the Fujilings have been doing Irish dance camp, and we have weathered a […]

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How to Pack a Kid’s Travel Pack

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We have been traveling internationally and nationally with kids since Squirrel was 3 months old . . . so just a little over nine years.  Nine years ago in March we took our first trip with Squirrel.  We traveled from Tokyo to Memphis, then from Memphis to Salt Lake City, then back to Tokyo.  Since […]

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