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Panzanella: A Fave Tomato Salad

Somehow I come home with six to seven plump heirlooms in greens, golds, and rich reds. The peaches and nectarines were perfectly sweet, and I knew this was the last of the summer tomatoes and stone fruits. I had half a loaf of rosemary olive sourdough. So I made a simple Italian classic— panzanella!

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Fresh summer rolls with almond butter tahini dressing are my plant-based spin on Vietnamese summer rolls. Light and healthy, they make an easy lunch or dinner when it’s too hot to cook.

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This sexy Italian salad wants to meet you… insalata di panzanella alla nettarina grigliata, or Grilled Nectarine Panzanella Salad. Try the Italian way of enjoying carbs by making bread into “salad” and enjoy it naked or dressed in vinaigrette, naturally.

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I’m creating a garden in my backyard. This is a dream come true for me. I took a day off to accomplish a list of things, but instead of recipe creating and taking photos, I’m drinking iced tea with lemon and mint, while instructing the gardener and crew around the yard, showing them where I’d like to plant the large pots of jasmine, bougainvillea and creeping fig. 

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The first time I had “green garden gazpacho” was at Superba in Venice. Made of asparagus, peas, cucumber, yogurt, olive oil. How Chef Jason Neroni made this recipe exactly I could only guess by taste. The yogurt was spooned artfully into a wide bowl, a pillow on top of the verdant green purée, surrounded by a wreath of delicate edible flowers in white and yellow, a sprig of asparagus, with a voluptuous drizzle of olive oil dappled upon its velvety surface. The beauty of that soup captured me.

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