Archive for July, 2017


Just a small, simple, sweet treat — for the 4th of July — with only 3 items from Trader Joes.   Start with the Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean mini sheet cake … and decorate with your favorite red and blue fruit.   Strawberries and blueberries in the picture above.  It’s best to use the same size strawberries so when you slice them, they are uniform for making the stripes.


Happy 4th of July!


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I had a delicious arugula salad last week at Julienne’s.  Julienne’s is one of my favorite restaurants in the Pasadena area.  They have great sandwiches, salads, soups — and they have a darling store where they sell baked goods, take away food, and cute kitchen & gift items.  It’s a great restaurant for breakfast or lunch when you’re visiting the Huntington Library or Norton Simon Museum.

Back to my salad … it had a wonderful light salad dressing they called quince vinaigrette.  I knew quince was a fruit, but didn’t know much more.  Quince ends up being a Spanish fruit that resembles a sour pear.  It’s usually made into a paste which ends up tasting a bit like berry meets apple.  It is often served as a companion to cheese.  You can find Quince Paste in grocery stores that sell artisan cheeses.  Our Whole Foods sells Quince Paste.

So a few days ago, I decided to recreate the salad.  I picked up fresh arugula at our farmer’s market and added shaved Manchego cheese, Marcona Almonds and a homemade quince vinaigrette.  My husband and I LOVED it!

Here’s the recipe:


1/4 cup Quince Paste

2 T. Red Wine Vinegar

2 T. Olive Oil

1 t. Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Fresh bunch of Arugula (or 15 oz. bag of organic arugula)

1/2 cup shaved Manchego Cheese

1/2 to 3/4 cup Marcona Almonds, rough chopped


1. Combine the quince paste, vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice in a small measuring cup.   Use a small whisk to break up the quince paste.  (If you’re using refrigerated paste, you may need to mix in a small blender.)   Add salt and pepper to taste.

2. Toss arugula with salad dressing — go light at first.  Top salad with shaved cheese and almonds.


This salad is great with added protein — grilled chicken, grilled salmon.

I love the Marcona Almonds from Sprouts — they have very little oil, but are nicely seasoned.

As I mentioned above, I found quince paste at Whole Foods.

You can refrigerate any remaining dressing.



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