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Baking these little quiches is a great idea and you can freeze them for future breakfasts! Mine didn’t last long around here. The croissant ham and cheese sandwich is easy to assemble, just get super fresh croissants and insert a piece of ham and your favorite cheese, heat in mini oven for five minutes!

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rustic garden tomato tart

We have too many tomatoes this year and I was challenged to find ways to use them or let them fall to the ground and rot. This turned out to be easy and can be frozen after baking as well!  Recipe:
https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/tomato-lemon-tart
I did not use the lemons however but I did use all the garlic!

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two eggs, scrambled, add sweet potato sliced and fried in pan
add a ham slice chopped and sauteed
cherry tomatoes
green shishito pepper fried
top with homemade pesto!

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Easter lamb

We hardly ever eat lamb and this was a treat, and we are not huge followers of religious events but this one, being indoors and all provided me with an opportunity to use lamb in an old fashioned way.
I marinated the rack for two days in olive oil, chopped garlic and rosemary. I then salted and peppered it before grilling it and finishing it in the oven. On the side I served a Mediterranean parsley salad and a mint and garlic sauce. Fresh and rich at the same time!

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baking bagels at home

John decided to make bagels from scratch for us and he got amazing results!

inspiration recipe:

http://honestcooking.com/peter-reinharts-new-york-style-bagels-wild-sourdough/

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Buckwheat pancake mix, dried blueberries soaked in rum for a week, half a banana, a tangerine and maple syrup!!!!

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An outdoors table setting, morning day or night!  For serving coffee and hot cereal, a spread of vegetables from our now fading garden, dishes and cutlery from a nearby Goodwill, and a few leaves from our maple!

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easy plum tarts

1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed

10-20 blue plums, halved
sugar and cinnamon mixture
half a stick of butter, melted

preheat oven to 400, cut each pastry sheet into two
place plums soaked in sugar and cinnamon on top brush with butter
bake for 20 minutes

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Simple salad, composed of thinly sliced prosciutto, on a toasted slice of bread, doused with green olive oil, mozzarella balls, black brined olives with pits, cherry tomatoes, basil, fennel fronds and thinly sliced bulb, red onion, pepperoncini, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper

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canned tuna nicoise for lunch

boil some potatoes, slice up radishes, boil some green beans, some sliced market zucchini, a few black olives and a can of tuna, cover with dressing made from fresh chopped parsley, thyme and rosemary, grainy mustard, wine vinegar, olive oil and a chopped shallot! EASY!!!

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Spinach end egg burrito at Balans

Eggs, spinach, really delicious, tomato onion salsa, and sprinkled with slices of cheese and green onion!

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We were in Miami for a week, happily going out every day and night for our meals but I was craving a home cooked breakfast, so I put together a lovely spread with a tomato from Whole Foods, gruyere from Whole Foods, ham from Whole Foods and organic eggs from Whole Foods, the baguette is from a local baker zak the baker located in the Arts District…very apropos Miami I think!!!

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just a small space

with the famous cornmeal crust and extremely slow service….

the street

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This is a dish served at Konoba Mul, a small restaurant on the North shore of the island Silba, in the Adriatic, 1.5 hours by fast ferry from Zadar. It is whole squid, doused with virgin olive oil and parsley, served with famous potato and greens side dish, Blitva i Krumpir. It is what John would eat every time we went to visit the island.

konoba mul silba squid
squid from silba

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warm Ahi tuna salad

My version of an Ahi Tuna salad

Fresh ahi tuna steak, no bone
arugula leaves
roasted beets, cubed
frozen corn, buttered and heated
fresh cilantro
sauce:
shallots
capers
white wine
butter
salt and pepper

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