Cherry Tomato Crostata with Goat Cheese and Za’atar

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Cherry Tomato Tart with Za'atar RecipeAlthough I wasn’t really aware of it as a young girl, I grew up in an area that offered the best of all worlds.  Ours was a small’ish’ town, nestled between the tall buildings and bustling streets of Cincinnati to the north, and the wide open expanse of  the blue grass hills of Kentucky just to the south.  As a child, our summers stretched wide from Memorial Day all the way through to the other side of Labor Day.  Attending summer school classes or participating in enriching lessons of various sorts just wasn’t heard of.  Instead, my siblings and I slept until our bodies woke naturally, gathered around the TV with a bowls of cereal in hand, and watched cartoons and game shows before heading out just steps from our house to cool off at the public pool.  Summer evenings brought only slightly cooler temperatures as we played under the streetlights way past school night bedtimes. Continue reading








Chocolate Banana Bread – Plain and Simple

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Chocolate Banana Bread RecipeBananas represent a kind of edible security blanket for me.  Never a need to feel hungry if there is a bunch of canary yellow bananas sitting on my counter.  A quick and nutritious snack is always at hand.  And although bananas make a constant and predictable appearance in my market basket,  I fade in and out of my love affair with them.  I am fickle that way.  I will eat a banana religiously every morning for months, and then, just like that, I snub them for days.  It’s during those periods that the poor fellows sit forgotten, and ripen past a point of where I would even consider eating one.  For me, a banana has about a one day window of optimal appeal before those little brown freckles begin to dot their skin and send them over the hill. Continue reading