For the Love of Avocados

avocado pictureThis wonderful illustration by Samantha Dion Baker encapsulates my family’s new found love for avocados.  I just had to share.  I might get this framed and hung on our kitchen wall.

Speaking of Samantha, she’s also the talented illustrator who helped us design our new campaign logo for Bake it Happen™:



If you were a fan of My Judy the Foodie last year then surely you were aware (and hopefully participated  in) our Bananas for Boobies campaign?  Bake it Happen™ is new name for the national breast cancer baking initiative that promises to be even bigger and even better.

So, stay tuned, there’s a lot of baking in store for the month of October…..




Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

grilled bell pepper salad

We’ve just recently fallen in love with peppers– as a family.  Peppers have never been our go-to vegetable but, last week I was inspired by the beautifully-hued peppers at my neighborhood market.  I really have never used peppers in my cooking outside of the Roasted Red Pepper dip I made last year.  While it’s tasty and received thumbs up from my adult taste testers, my kids thought it was just mediocre.

Not sure if you’re aware that peppers, the wonderful vitamin-c packed vegetables, are at peak right now!

Last week’s snack consisted of sliced peppers with some goat cheese and homemade pesto on top–zesty and flavorful with just the right amount of crunch.

The Grilled Bell Pepper Salad is a delicious, yet healthy dish with-tons of flavor! Let me know if you are interested in posting the recipe! I have images upon your request.

Paulding & Company is a full catering kitchen-based in San Francisco  founded by mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry Paulding.

Baked Apple Chips

apple chips

It’s starting to feel a tiny bit like fall here on the east coast–harbinger of apple picking and pumpkins galore.

I visited an amazing local farmer’s green market around the corner last week and was greeted with a cornucopia of fresh produce–locally grown.  The apples were just too impressive to pass up.  Instead of my normal morning workout, simply carrying two bags of apples was all that I needed to break a sweat.

With all those apples, I was compelled to bake some apple chips.

This recipe is super easy and really only requires one ingredient: apples. We used  Red Delicious apple sand a Gala apples but, really, any variety is fine. The key is to slice the apples as thin as possible. We used our handy OXO Mandolin to get perfectly even slices.

Next, just lay your slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. We chose to sprinkle our slices with some cinamon and sugar too before we let them bake in the oven for approximately one hour.

While baking, the sweetest smells of fall will waft throughout your kitchen.

After an hour, just loosen the apples from the paper and cook them for another 2-3 minutes and you’re resdy to enjoy the most delicious apple-based snack.

But, we now have a new (healthy) snack that we can make on a moment’s notice.


Brazilian Shrimp Soup



Today’s recipe comes from Serena- author of the soup blog Seriously Soupy.  Since the blog started, Serena has given soup tours and has taught soup classes and has a catalog of over 100 soups on the site!  You can join Serena on her Soupy journey at and twice a month you can find her here, at My Judy the Foodie, sharing her wisdom and helping demystify the world of soup.

Here’s what Serena has to say:

I first learned about this quick soup recipe from my run-down about National Soup Month. I loved how easy it was – but also how it included so many rich flavors from the creamy coconut milk and the spicy red-pepper flakes. I didn’t have any rice, so that part was omitted but I still found it to be a hearty and satisfying soup that did fine without the starch. Enjoy!


What soups from Brazil have you made?

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