July 19, 2014

Summer Nights and Focaccia Bread

by Anja





Finally, summer is back here in Switzerland. We got a lot of cold and rainy days here recently and are so excited for the hot sunny days. We try to spend as much time outdoors as work and life allows. Time in the kitchen is cut back to the absolute minimum. We barbeque or eat simple, fresh salads that are prepared in no time (such as this one or this or these). I like to add focaccia bread to our meals. Sometimes just as a simple side dish, sometimes topped with fresh parmesan cheese, prosciutto, arugula or figs. It's great for any summer evening. We enjoy it as appetizers or side dishes at barbeque parties or as a simple mid-week dinner, accompanied by a nice glass of chilled wine.




July 5, 2014

A Trip to Provence and A Strawberry Caprese Salad

by Anja




We just returned from another gorgeous trip to Provence. It's been a family vacation: days of fun and play, some relaxation (as good as it gets with two small kids in tow), walks through amazing little villages and lavender fields, visits to the farmers' markets, plenty of fresh Baguette & French wine (being surrounded by so many great Côtes du Rhône vineyards, how can you say no?) and simple, fresh meals.










Days being hot, produce being fresh, we made a lot of simple salads, such as these fennel salads, tomato-peach-salads or this strawberry caprese here. Simple as can be yet full of flavor - one of my all time summer favorites.

June 21, 2014

Shrimp, Basil, Sun-dried Tomato with Pasta

by Marjan


The sun is shining bright here in Southern California. A lazy day to lounge and plan a mouth watering dish is the ideal weekend day for me. Shrimp sautéed with garlic, green onions, chili flakes, sun-dried tomatoes and lemon juice…tossed with fettuccini pasta, parmesan cheese, and finished with fresh basil! Need I say more? A mouth watering dish prepared in less than an hour; satisfying and tantalizing to the palate; and with ingredients available all summer long-this recipe screams sun shine for me!

From the time you boil the water for your pasta, clean the shrimp and gather all your ingredients, this recipe will require less than an hour. However when it comes to eating it, I have noticed my loved ones devour it in half the time it takes to prepare it! This is a ‘win win’ recipe for the cook and those who are served.

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