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Summer Pasta with Veggies and Marinated Mozzarella

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This is a very quick, seasonal meal and I get to proclaim that orecchiette is my favorite pasta type ever. Some say ‘little ears’ but I think they look like little UFOs! We used a combination of two tomatoes from the garden and one heirloom local tomato procured elsewhere. I like using orecchiette here, as it is about the same size and shape as all the chopped vegetables.

The sauce is super quick, just tomatoes, veggies, olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar. You can marinate your own mozzarella balls or just buy the already-marinated ones. . . . → Read More: Summer Pasta with Veggies and Marinated Mozzarella

Grilled Garlic Steak with Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce

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This is a meal inspired by a dinner that jwa had at his parents house a little while ago. He had gone down there to help them with some things and returned with tales of steak with garlic in it. Mmmmm…garlic in steak. I was intrigued. Such a great idea!

So, we grilled some up, with the addition of chimichurri sauce and some grilled veggies.

This was also a great opportunity to use out new outdoor grill — I still love it!

For the Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce: Adapted from a recipe from Bob Blumer, . . . → Read More: Grilled Garlic Steak with Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce

California: The Week in Pictures

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Mostly pictures of our vacation to California last week. Very good as I am way tired. Goodnight. *snore*

Places mentioned —

Benbow Inn Monterey Bay Aquarium Boathouse Vacation Rental Sea Ranch Trinks Redwood Grill

California Mussels with chorizo, tomato and tarragon at the Benbow Inn.

California Benbow Bridge over the Elk River

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California Benbow Inn

California View from our room

California Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge from the North

California On . . . → Read More: California: The Week in Pictures

Decadent Pizza Alert: Tarragon Pizza Bianca

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This was really good. I used pizza dough from Pasta Works for this, but you could also make your own (this is a good, easy recipe) or use a store-bought crust. I grilled my squash first and caramelized the fennel. You don’t have to do this. If you don’t, use the 2 tablespoons of olive oil to drizzle over the pizza before you bake it.

I also made a balsamic reduction for another part of the meal but we discovered that it was delicious on the pizza also! The vinegar really helps cut some of the . . . → Read More: Decadent Pizza Alert: Tarragon Pizza Bianca