Prickly Pear Lime Margarita (Prickly Pear Syrup)

prickly pear lime margarita blog

The other day, I stumbled upon some gorgeous purple prickly pear at the farmer’s market. I’ve seen them on the roadside in the past few weeks, ripe and beautiful. But never have I had the nerve to stop and pick them. Besides, they have spines that will definitely cause some painful regret if you grab…

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Jujube (Chinese Red Date) Butter

Jujube (Chinese Red Date) Butter

Have you ever seen a jujube? Have you ever eaten one? No, not the confectionary variety – although I do remember those rather fondly from my childhood. I’m talking about a small fruit that grows on a jujube tree. Sometimes called Chinese Dates or Chinese Red Dates, jujubes are a fun little treat. They’re hard to find…

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Grilled Lemon-Dill Sockeye Salmon

grilled lemon salmon blog

There’s something so beautiful about taking a few simple fresh ingredients and cooking them in a simple way that really celebrates the flavor of the ingredients themselves. This is how I feel when I cook salmon – especially Copper River salmon. It’s a splurge for us, and it’s seasonal, so it’s definitely not an everyday meal….

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Garden-Fresh San Marzano Tomato Sauce

san marzano prep

This spring, I planted a San Marzano tomato plant (as well as two other varieties). I’d never tried this variety, but I figured it was worth a shot. If I had to do it over again, I’d plant three. Maybe four. That’s how excited I’ve been about them. I’m already making plans for next spring…

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