Heirloom Tomato Pesto Panini

Heirloom Tomato Pesto Panini

6 ripe and plump tomatoes were sitting in a row on the kitchen counter when I remembered that we still had pesto leftover from zucchini pasta a few days ago. I also remembered that we had a loaf of Ezekiel sprouted bread – aka the best bread ever for grilled sandwiches – as well as a fresh hunk of chèvre in the refrigerator.

Pesto and goat cheese rank near the top on my list of favorite foods because of their intense flavors, as do straight-from-the-garden-tomatoes. So I thought to myself, “Why not combine all of that and sandwich it between two crispy slices of whole grain bread?” 

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Grilled Sesame Ginger Cabbage

Grilled Sesame Ginger Cabbage

90 degree days. Finally. I know I’m probably one of maybe 5 people that you’ll find celebrating this late August heat wave. But after 2 months of weird, off-and-on rain showers and unseasonably low temperatures that have confused my tomato plants to no end, this heat is welcome. 

It means more time to be outdoors, more time to develop my tan, and more time to grill cabbage like this.

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3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream with Spicy Grilled Peaches

3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream with Spicy Grilled Peaches

If something can be made at home, I am a firm believer that it should be made at home.

When you can make ice cream that tastes this good at home, I see no reason to leave the house for ice cream. In fact, I see no reason to ever leave the house again at all. If you need me, I’ll be laying on the couch, overdosing on this stuff. 

The peaches are the slightly spiced, caramelized “cherries” on top – melting the ice cream a little bit at a time and balancing the sweetness of the vanilla. Spicy may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ice cream toppings, but I think you’ll reconsider your options after giving this a try.

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