Pineapple Cardamom Coffee Cake with Coconut Crumb Topping

Pineapple Cardamom Coffee Cake with Coconut Crumb Topping

For years I was the girl who only ordered New York-style coffee cake at coffee shops.

Once I saw that mile-high topping on display, I wouldn’t even waste a passing glance at anything else.

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Tiger Kingdom in Phuket, Thailand

Tiger Kingdom 1

He looks absolutely regal, doesn’t he?

One of the main reasons for our trip to Thailand was that Mike has wanted to be able to play with tigers for forever. Between the two of us, my husband is the expert on the topic, so I left all the research to him. There are several tiger parks in Thailand where you can see tigers up close and personal, but he decided he wanted to go to Tiger Kingdom in Phuket, so that’s what we did.

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Savory Spiced Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

Savory Spiced Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

Is your zucchini crop starting to come in yet?

Because zucchini is so wonderfully predictable, we all know that if you’re a gardener, soon enough you’ll have it coming out your ears. You’ll be dropping of bags to friends, family, and neighbors.

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Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Panzanella Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Panzanella Salad

There is nothing better than fresh, local tomatoes in their peak season.

I crave them just about nonstop this time of year, and have been known to make dinner out of them for the better part of a week straight (and I could have happily gone longer if I hadn’t run out of tomatoes and if the farmer I bought them from weren’t a two-hour car ride away).

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Frozen Cappuccino

Frozen Cappuccino

What’s your favorite way to cool down on a hot summer day?

For years when I was younger, swimming was my cool-off method of choice. While we were growing up, my sister and I were such junkies we took swimming in any form we could get it. We loved heading to the town pool (ick, it’s so gross to think about that now!), wading in the creek behind our backyard (double ick!), and heading to our grandparents’ house because they had a pool.

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Za’atar-Spiced Chicken and Bell Pepper Sandwiches with Labneh

Za’atar-Spiced Chicken and Bell Pepper Sandwiches with Labneh

When I think of a picnic, I always think of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, some kind of cooked greens, iced tea, and a big chocolate cake.

I realize that this sounds very Southern, which is odd to me because I’m from New York…and I can’t ever remember having a picnic like this in my life! (Who knows, maybe I did when I was a kid and I just don’t remember.)

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Creamy Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese and Dill

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese and Dill

I have had more than my fair share of cucumber salads in my day…

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Thavorn Beach Village & Spa in Phuket, Thailand

Thavorn Beach Village & Spa

As a blogger, I usually have my camera at the ready on a daily basis.

When mealtime rolls around, my family knows not to touch a crumb before I’ve photographed it, lest they risk a slapped wrist and pb&j for dinner instead of whatever I’ve cooked. (Kidding! About the pb&j anyway. ;) )

So when I’m on vacation, I like to take a vacation from absolutely everything work-related, including my camera. Instead I generally give in to the iPhone’s ease of use and portability, which takes pictures decent enough for capturing memories, but typically not blog-worthy.

But on our recent trip to Thailand, I couldn’t help but want to carry around my camera every day, even when we were just walking around the resort, to avoid missing out on capturing a beautiful fleeting moment. It was that stunning there.

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day

50 Fabulous Burger Recipes

50 Fabulous Burger Recipes

In the collage above, on the left, top to bottom: 2 Secrets for the Best Burgers from Oh, Sweet Basil; Red Quinoa and Black Bean Veggie Burgers from The View From Great Island; Asian BBQ Burger with Sriracha Mayo from Flavor Mosaic; and Salmon Burgers with Spicy Hoisin Mayo from Noble Pig. In the collage above, on the right, top to bottom: Cauliflower Lentil Veggie Burger with Spicy Turmeric Aioli from Tasty Yummies; Shrimp Burgers with Scallion Mayo from An Edible Mosaic; and Garden Salad Feta-Stuffed Burgers from Diethood.

Everyone who I’ve asked is serving some kind of burger on the 4th of July!

This got me thinking about the ideal burger.

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Hello! I’m Faith and I write An Edible Mosaic. This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Welcome to my mosaic of recipes.

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