Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

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Thank you, Mr. Willis Carrier…

…for inventing modern-day air conditioning! When it is as hot as it has been in Phoenix over the last couple of weeks (up to 120°F/48°C) it doesn’t matter if it is “a dry heat” as Arizonans like to point out. To me – the Central European that I am and always will be – it is freakin’ sweltering and I certainly never get tired of complaining about it. The last thing I want to do in this weather is turn on the oven or stove. Instead, I gravitate towards light and easy summer salads that are quick to make – like this one with watermelon, arugula, feta, red onion, almonds and mint. It may sound like a weird combination but this refreshing salad definitely hits the spot when you’re hot and hungry!

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Pesto Farfalle with Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

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Wanna go to Tuscany this summer?

Yeah, me neither! I mean, who likes delicious food, cypress-lined rolling hills, tiny picturesque towns and the beautiful Mediterranean anyways?!

But all bitterness aside: Here is an upgraded version of a classic northern Italian dish that the whole family can enjoy and that takes minimal time to make. This healthy yet comforting plant-based recipe combines aromatic basil pesto with the contrasting flavor of sweet and juicy oven roasted grape tomatoes. Sprinkle in some creamy goat cheese and presto! – summer in Italy in the comfort of your own home.

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Broccoli Quinoa Cakes

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If at first you don’t succeed…

About a week ago, I had a bunch of broccoli left over and thought that creating a recipe for broccoli quinoa cakes would be a good idea. Easy enough, right? Wrong! My first attempt at making these little suckers ended in utter disaster. They were completely inedible and had to be thrown in the garbage. Let’s just say that ordering pizza and drinking wine were part of the program that evening to help me get over my bruised ego and the messy kitchen despite the lack of dinner.

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