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Union Kitchen And Tap Pesto Recipe

Located in the heart of Encinitas is Union Kitchen and Tap, North County’s stylish and modern neighborhood-friendly restaurant and bar. What separates Union from other restaurants is their mission to bring the freshest ingredients to their menu. The farm-to-table movement has become popular in San Diego, but Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas takes it one step further, sourcing vegetables and herbs from their own on-site hydroponic garden.

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Kale and Strawberry Salad Recipe

Recipe and Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

This light and healthy Kale and Strawberry salad is the perfect side dish for those sultry summer days!

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Maria’s Almond Tiramisu Recipe

almond tiramisu recipe
Recipe and photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Also known as a “Tuscan Trifle,” tiramisu, which translates to “pick me up,” is a luscious melt-in-your-mouth Italian layered cake.

The origins of tiramisu are a bit murky. Legend has it that a tiramisu-like dessert was created in Siena during the 17th century. But the known facts point to the dessert’s history as being fairly recent. The first documented tiramisu recipe appeared in 1983, in a book by Giovanni Capnist called “I Dolci del Veneto” (The Desserts of Veneto).

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Easy Miso Soup Recipe

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Recipe and Photography By Maria Desiderata Montana

While shopping at Trader Joe’s, I make it a point to pick up a box or two of their Miso Ginger Broth. It’s the perfect base for my favorite Miso Soup With Tofu and Mushrooms. After all, nothing tastes better then a light and healthy soup for lunch or dinner!

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Simple Potato Soup Recipe

I like to keep foods simple and pure! I was inspired today by plain russett potatoes and Italian oregano from my garden. Enjoy my Simple Potato Soup recipe from my rustic Italian kitchen.

Simple Potato Soup


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2/3 cup bacon bits
  • 6 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 6 whole russet potatoes, boiled and roughly chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons chicken seasoning
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh Italian oregano, for garnish

Add oil to a large pot. Add bacon bits and scallions; cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add water and chicken seasoning; simmer on low-medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and simmer for another 2 minutes. Add soup to bowls and garnish with oregano.

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