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Balsamic Strawberries, Figs & Goat Cheese Crostini’s

Balsamic Strawberries, Figs & Goat Cheese Crostini

EAT RED AND SAVE LIVES!

This June, you can join Chef Mario Batali and the culinary community to help (RED) #86AIDS by  eating (RED).

Launched with The (RED) Supper hosted by Chef Batali with Anthony Bourdain in New York City on June 2.  To continue spreading the word, (RED) will be hosting events in several cities around the Nation to help make a difference!

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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes

Whole Grain Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes 2

Inspired by the vegetables and herbs growing in my backyard, this pasta dish incomparably encompasses the flavors of summer. Even though I must admit I love to indulge in a overly cheesy baked spaghetti dish, the brightness of the ripe tomatoes and savoriness of the garlic in this recipe are simply all you need.

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My Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

This is my twist on a Caprese Salad. It’s definitely one of my favorite sides during the summer time when tomatoes are at their peak, but I couldn’t resist when I saw tomatoes and basil in the fridge this morning! Not only is this salad a wonderful addition to any cut of steak or chicken, but would be perfectly delicious filling a whole plate in my house!

I used a simple balsamic reduction, which results in a pretty presentation and gorgeous flavor! You will literally start putting it on everything after the first time you make it.

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