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Recipe: Basil-Sunflower Seed Pesto

As a kid, my family spent some time living in Northern Italy. Since everything is so close together in Europe, we were able to travel a lot on weekends and get to see a great deal of the area around us. That area included Genoa, home of the famous Genovese pesto. Even being an American, and being a kid, pesto made a big impression on my palate!

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Recipe: Curried Broccoli Raisin Salad

When my youngest niece was about 6 years old, I got a chance to babysit for the evening, which included making supper for her. I kept it simple, not being sure what 6-year olds eat these days. I did know that I should include at least one green veggie, so I steamed up some healthful broccoli and offered it to her.

She picked up the florets one by one and chomped the tops off, leaving the stalks on her plate. When asked why she only ate half of the broccoli, she said “Aunt Laura! I only like the tree branches, not the trunks!”.

Curried Broccoli raisin salad

Curried Broccoli raisin salad

Whether you are a branch-eater or enjoy the whole tree, I’ve got a fantastic summer broccoli recipe for you. It’s easy to make; tastes exotic and fresh; and avoids the use of mayo that is so common in many other summer salads. Read the rest of this entry

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