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Rebecca Franklin

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Garden Tomato Recipes

Saturday May 31, 2014

This delicious marinated tomatoes recipe sparkles with fresh flavor. Try adding the marinated tomato salad to tartines and spreads, or chop it up and use it in sauces or as a soup garnish. If you're looking for more ways to use use your bumper crop of tomatoes, try these garden tomato recipe. Bon appetit!

Marinated Tomatoes Photo: ©Flickr user norwichnuts

French Plum Tart Recipe

Saturday May 31, 2014

The fresh, sweet and sour flavor of plums make them a shoe in for cool, summer-themed desserts. This fresh plum tart recipe takes a few hours and three simple steps - pastry, custard, and fruit topping - to create an exceptionally elegant and delightful dessert. It's almost too pretty to cut into and serve. Bon appetit!

Fresh Plum Tart Photo: ©Flickr user syvwlch

Grilled Romaine: Easiest Grill Recipe Ever

Saturday May 31, 2014

Grilled hearts of romaine have picked up popularity within foodie circles and steakhouses. The lettuce's mild sweetness turns into a delightful blend of smoky sweetness when seared. So versatile, this grilled romaine hearts recipe works best dressed with vividly flavored dressings or salty cheeses, but a minimal dusting of salt and pepper puts the delicious spotlight on the star of the dish. Bon appetit!

Grilled Lettuce Photo: ©Jeremy Keith - Creative Commons - Redistribute with Attribution

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Figs

Thursday May 22, 2014

Wrapping bacon or ham around bits of dried fruit and grilling or broiling them is a popular way to make appetizers in the south of France. This easy grilled bacon-wrapped figs recipe is a perfect example of why the cured meat and fruit combination is a tradition. The mixture of crispy grilled ham and caramelized figs is irresistible. Bon appetit!

Bacon Wrapped Figs Photo: ©Jamie R. Liu

Late Spring/Early Summer CSA Recipes

Thursday May 22, 2014

At this point in May, most CSAs are about to start their delivery services. Yum! Early summer CSA boxes are filled to the brim with gorgeous, ripe tomatoes, peas, herbs, and berries. Once you've gone through your tried-and-true favorites, use these summer CSA recipes and seasonal side dishes to spice up your warm-weather menus. Bon appetit!

Tomato Snow Pea Salad Photo: Flickr user avlxyz

Heritage Strawberry Recipes

Wednesday May 21, 2014

The strawberries grown in the Aveyron are special, prompting George Christopher Davies to document them in his book, Our Home in the Aveyron. "Great quantities of strawberries are grown between the vines. These are of a small kind somewhat larger than our wild strawberries: they come in season earlier than our garden strawberries, and are much prized for their fine flavour." These are special, heritage varieties that grow only in France. Although you might not be able to buy French heritage berries at your local market, try these French strawberry recipes in your own kitchen for some European flair. Bon appetit!

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Forest Fruit Crumble Photo: Lori Stalteri - Creative Commons - Redistribute with Attribution

Light Lunch Menu

Wednesday May 21, 2014

This year, May's temperate weather has inspired me to create a light lunch menu, the kind to enjoy on the patio during a sunny afternoon. Most of the recipes are quite easy to put together and have a casual appeal tailor-made for a late spring meal. Bon appetit!

Roasted Potato Salad Photo: Flickr user sporkist

Grilled Watermelon Recipe

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Watermelons are vine-ripe and sweet this time of year. Served fresh and sliced, they're the height of cool, summertime flavor. For a different twist, try this grilled watermelon recipe. The smokiness from the grill added to the intense sweetness of the melon makes it an excellent pick to serve at barbeques. Make sure to check out the creative serving suggestions in the recipe! Bon appetit!

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Grilled Watermelon Photo: ©Meng He

Strawberry Pates de Fruits

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Intensely flavorful, little fruit jellies, these pates de fruits are nothing like the average, commercial cherry slices and sugary gumdrops found on store shelves. These homemade candies burst with fresh-picked, fruit flavor and beautiful, deep jewel tones. Use this easy strawberry pates de fruits recipe to make impressive, handmade candy for a Mother's Day gift this year.

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Pates de Fruits Photo: ©Meng He

Crepe Recipes for Mother's Day

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Mother's Day is coming, and for many of you that means planning a brunch. Crepes are a fun and easy recipe to serve for special occasions. They can be made a day before your event, so all you have to do is pull them out and reheat them. Create a crepes station by offering fresh fruit, honey, chocolate sauce, cheese, and savory fillings. Bon appetit!

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Crepes Photo: Rebecca Franklin

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