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Summer is in full swing!  I love it, even the 100 degree heat wave we are having here in Northern California.  Sunshine makes me happy!

In honor of summer I'm sharing my recipe for easy but tasty Triple Berry Sauce.  This sauce is terrific over ice cream, strawberry shortcake or my personal favorite, cheesecake.  It's the perfect light summer condiment. Let's get started!

The ingredients are so simple:

  • 1 (one) 12 oz. bag of frozen mixed berries (I like strawberry-blackberry-blueberry but use any combination of fresh or frozen berries you like)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • scant 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

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Place the berries in a medium saucepan with just a splash of water.  Add the lemon, sugar and cinnamon.

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Cook the mixture over medium high, stirring occasionally to coax the berries to break down and the mixture comes to a soft boil.

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Once the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, take it off the heat and using a big spoon or potato masher, make sure the berries are all broken down, letting their juices out.  You could give it a whirl with an immersion blender to break down the fruit, just be extra careful, you don't want to wear this berry sauce!  It stains clothing, trust me.

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Pour the mixture through a sieve, pressing and scraping the solids to get all the berry goodness out.

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Pour the sauce into  container and place in the refrigerator to cool.  Drizzle the cold sauce over your favorite dessert!

Occasionally, I add a little framboise (raspberry liqueur) or creme de cassis (black current liqueur) to the saucepan for a little extra kick, but it's totally optional.

Just sitting here thinking about it, I'm dreaming up new ways to eat this sauce: drizzled over grilled peaches, mixed with Greek yogurt, a few dollops in a smoothie... my mouth is watering!

Give it a shot, I know you will love it!

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Oh my gosh I'm so excited I can't stand it!  I have had something in the works, a little something up my sleeve but I was keeping it a secret... well because I had to. I thought it was going to "launch" tomorrow but I came home from dinner tonight and noticed the traffic on my site was waaaay up.  Guess what?!  It happened today so now I can share it with you!!

Today I have the privilege of being a guest poster over at the amazing site The Ranting Chef!!

The Ranting Chef (Pat), has a site that is chock-full of inspiring recipes, helpful tips and fun community of food writers and people who just like to eat!  One of my favorite things about The Ranting Chef is that you can search his recipes by ingredient...brilliant!  Please, please pop on over to Pat's site and check it out, I promise you won't be disappointed!!

You can click here to jump to my recipe that is featured today: Lemon Dill Baked Ricotta

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I'm really proud of this recipe, I put months and months of thought into the flavor combos, using Bree & LeiLani as my taste-testers.  This Lemon-Dill Baked Ricotta dip comes together in a flash, is cheap to make and is very versatile.

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I just know you will love this recipe as much as I do, please jump over to The Ranting Chef and give it a shot!  Oh, and let me know how you like it!!

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I am a sucker, A SUCKER I TELL YOU for lemon meringue pie.  My favorite pie, hands down.  And while we're on the subject of lemony desserts, I may have once accidentally eaten a whole pan of lemon bars that my grandma made, in one afternoon.  I said maybe!

But lemon meringue pie, to me anyway, is the perfect mixture of tart and sweet and that toasty, chewy bit of meringue on the top is like the cherry on top of a sunday.  So naturally when I saw this recipe on Pinterest I saved it to my board but I didn't go back to actually read the recipe until this evening and wow am I glad I did.

First of all, the recipe comes from a site called Stone Soup and it is just darling.  She (Jules Clancy) hails from Australia and specializes in quick meals with few ingredients and this recipe is extra special because it is a 15 minute recipe like her 15 minute lasagana.

Secondly, along with the print recipe she has a video (see below) of her making this quickie pie (actually it's 8 mini-pies) so you can see her exact process.  I really appreciated the video because she gives some great tips about the meringue, something that can seem a little daunting to most people.  I also totally dig her accent.

And lastly, I just want to point out that she doesn't use pastry for the "crust", she uses shortbread crumbs which I think is brilliant and I can just imagine it adds a nice bit of texure to an otherwise soft and squishy filling.

My mouth is totally watering.  I must make this ASAP and so should you! You can find the full recipe here.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!
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Kitchn Therapy: Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette

The Kitchn: Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette

I don't know about you, but love to eat salads in the summer.  They don't require heating up the oven, they are fast and they are fresh.  Vinaigrettes are a perfect choice for summer salads because they are light and bright.  This Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette is so intriguing to me; they add a layer of flavor by putting a slight char on the lemon halves before they are juiced.  Join me and try this vinaigrette on salad greens or even drizzled over steamed veggies!

Happy weekend to you all!


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ButterYum: How To Make Candied Lemon Slices.

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I think these would look so pretty on my lemon meringue pie for Easter.  The recipe looks pretty simple, I think you should try it too!  Check it out over at Butter Yum!

I love, love lemon.  And citrus really.  It's so bright and reminds me of spring.  Here's a little homey recipe just in time for the weekend from Martha Stewart, Lemon Custard Cakes. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, enjoy the sunshine!