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Garden Pasta Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

The Recipe: A pasta salad with summer's best fresh garden veggies, light on the pasta, generous with the veggies and all tossed in a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s mint vinaigrette. Fresh and summery, perfect for light summer meals. Most adaptable! Real food. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Ohhhh people, I sure do hope there's fresh mint in your garden – – preferably in an herb pot since unfettered mint might-could one day envelop the world in fragrant spearmint leaves! – – because wow, who knew the beauty of a fresh-mint vinaigrette? Certainly not me until now: what a real revelation! The inspiring recipe comes from Pinterest, a recipe I pinned but never made. This was way back, but even now, that single recipe keeps getting re-pinned and re-pinned!Curious, I returned to the source, one of my favorite food blogs, Dana Treat – oh no, I hope all is well, as of this day she's not posted since December 2013 – to experience the real thing, in my own kitchen with my own tastebuds. Now my rec…

Summer Corn Bread with Fresh Blueberries

The Recipe: A real seasonal treat, a skillet of warm corn bread studded with fresh blueberries. It's what summer is all about ... For some years now, I've tossed fresh blueberries into summer skillets of corn bread. That wet "mouth pop" as the berries burst? Like fireworks for food.And I always intended to take the corn bread to a new place, slightly richer (more butter, naturally) and slightly sweeter (with honey, perhaps?) and definitely more corn-y (would fresh corn kernels mess up the texture?) – yeah, I obsess over think about such culinary conundrums. (Conundra? Two semesters of university Latin fails me ... ) I told myself that after I found that new and certainly "happy" corn-bread place, then, then, really, I'd share the idea here: it's way too good to keep for myself. But in the mean time, never once did the addition of fresh blueberries ruin a good corn bread.And then I came across a 2008 recipe from Canadian Living and if anyone knows bl…