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Cranberry Persimmon Salsa Recipe

cranberry persimmon salsaWe tasted this recipe at the acclaimed Baja spa Rancho La Puerta and knew we had to share this sexy, seasonal twist on a Latin classic. It’s brilliant with tacos of every kind and works well as a healthy sauce or topping for grilled meats, grilled fish and shrimp. The recipe was sent to us with this comment and a couple key tips, “On Rancho La Puerta’s organic farm, they cultivate the squat persimmons known as fuyu, which are ready in the fall. Read more

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Love Heirloom Tomatoes? Try Them In Tomato Jam

No-Stress Heirloom Tomato Jam Tomato season is a a wonderful time for lovers of this aphrodisiac. Members of the nightshade family, tomatoes were once considered poisonous. But once the myth was dispelled, lovers the world over developed a lust for this plump fruit.Unfortunately, tomatoes are among the fruits that must be enjoyed in season.Heirloom tomatoes ship poorly. Those fruits found in winter and spring have been bred not to bruise and usually offer flesh the consistency of cardboard. That’s why Anne Janzen created this Heirloom Tomato Jam for us. Read more

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Vegan Banana Bread–an easy recipe for baking dairy-free

vegan banana bread recipeIt’s amazing what you can find surfing Instagram. We’ve found several ideas to inspire our recipe development but in this instance, we found a whole recipe! This Instagram find came from elyonlylyablolus, one of the authors of the blog Plaisir Vegan, a site dedicated to simple techniques for vegan cooking. Although the original recipe for this vegan banana bread calls for wheat flour, it also works well with rice flour to make a bread that’s both vegan and gluten free. We love this recipe not only for the scrumptious simplicity but because it stars banana. Read more

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Smoked Salmon Egg Salad–an upgraded variation on a classic

The key ingredient in egg salad is one of the world’s most legendary aphrodisiac ingredients. So why don’t most of us consider egg salad as sexy? Perhaps because its one-tone color fails to excite or maybe it’s the sameness of its texture–more of a comfort food than the gateway to passion. But we’ve given egg salad an upgrade. We’ve added two more aphrodisiac ingredients, salmon and capers. Read more

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Grilled Summer Fruit–the healthy way to do dessert from The Oaks at Ojai

easy grilled summer fruit recipe from The Oaks at Ojai

An easy guide to serving fruits of passion

This recipe comes to us from The Oaks at Ojai spa in Ojai, California. The Oaks is noted for incorporating healthy, local, seasonal ingredients into its menus. Here their health-conscious culinary team take the essence of summer and transform it into a succulent dessert. They do it not with the addition of extra ingredients but through the magic of grilling. Read more