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White chocolate faux cheesecake

White chocolate faux cheesecake | www.scalingbackblog.com

White chocolate faux cheesecake | www.scalingbackblog.com

White chocolate faux cheesecake | www.scalingbackblog.com

I love the challenge of developing vegan desserts.  Part of me thinks that if I can make a delicious dessert without the use of butter or cream than I have really accomplished something.  The one requirement I have when experimenting is that all my ingredients need to be as natural as possible.  There are some great non-dairy butter and cream options on the market but they tend to be full of…

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Thai watermelon salad | scalingbackblog.com  Thai watermelon salad | scalingbackblog.com  Thai watermelon salad | scalingbackblog.com

My son started 8th grade this week.  He had one day of school and now him and his class are off on a 10 day camping trip.  It’s amazing how quiet a house can become once it’s vacated of one’s child.  It makes me realize how much of my life revolves around my son.  Getting up early to get him ready and driving to school, driving to tutoring, driving to practice, not to mention the constant…

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Sweet corn pasta sauce

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Sweet corn pasta sauce | scalingbackblog.com

Summer corn is something to be savored and celebrated.  I can’t get enough of it this time of year.  Usually I find myself eating it raw in salads or making a quick and chunky salsa with some avocado and cherry tomatoes but this recipe is the ultimate in corn indulgence.  The corn is quickly blanched and combined with some soaked raw cashews, a little olive oil and a squeeze of lime.  If you…

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I’m guest pinning on Tate Galleries Pinterest boardtoday.  The inspiration is their exhibit featuring Henry Matisse’s cut-outs.  I was asked to pin things inspired by his painting “The Parakeet and the Mermaid”, there is such a sense of movement and vibrancy in his work that is really spellbinding.  I had a great time pining some of my favorite images, I am a huge fan of Pinterest and if you…

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gingered watermelon popsicles - www.scalingbackblog.com  gingered watermelon popsicles - www.scalingbackblog.com

There is nothing better on a hot day than a super refreshing fruity popsicle.  It’s been so hot here in Portland this summer that the unthinkable has happened, I’ve lost my appetite for ice cream.  I whipped up an easy simple syrup infused with fresh ginger and basil and tossed it into the blender with some watermelon and a pinch of salt.  The extra syrup is a great addition to your favorite…

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Dark cherry drinking vinegar

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dark cherry drinking vinegar - www.scalingbackblog.com

I just got back from summer camp.  Up until this weekend I had never gone to camp nor had I ever camped out in a tent.  I can finally say that I can at long last cross those two items off my bucket list thanks to my dear friend Rachel.   For her 40th birthday she invited all her friends to swim in the river, bake bread, screen print t-shirts and of course, have a dance party.  I never really…

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Strawberry, hazelnut and ricotta salad

I’ve been having a great time experimenting in my garden this summer with some new plants that I’ve never attempted to grow before.  I have raised beds made out of metal and I struggle a bit with keeping my salad greens from bolting when it gets really hot.  I decided to try some sorrel, it’s a perennial herb that has a nice citrusy bite.  It’s beautiful bright green leaves and and intense red…

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Black and blue cobbler

black and blue cobbler, a super simple summertime delight - scalingbackblog.com

Cooking in the summer seems almost effortless.  The farmers market is brimming with fragrant, perfectly ripened fruit just begging to be eaten.  When you have such high quality ingredients you don’t need much to enhance them and cobblers are a great way to highlight seasonal fruit easily and without a  lot of fuss.  I’ve never been big on fruit desserts since my boys aren’t that into them.  My…

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summer fruit and halloumi salad

Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com    Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com

Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about eating a salad.  If your like me you get stuck in a rut and make the same things over and over again until you just lose interest.  One of the benefits of having a blog is that it pushes you to try new flavor combinations or ingredients that you probably wouldn’t have tried.  I’ve been reading about halloumi and what a great vegetarian option it is…

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yakitori chicken - www.scalingbackblog.com

I am all about grilling in the summer.  Any excuse to spend more time in my garden and outdoors is a plus here in Oregon.  Since sunny days are such a rare treat I try to make the most of them by firing up the barbecue whenever I get the chance.  This is one of my favorite recipes for grilling.  Yakitori is usually bite sized pieces of grilled meat on skewers.  It’s easy to prep it ahead of time…

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