Happy Friday, you guys! We know we sound like broken record when we keep saying how hot it is in LA, but you guys it’s like one thousands degrees here and we just can’t get enough popsicles. We love coming home from a hot, hot day at work and having a nice cold popsicle. And with a super-hot weekend on the way, we knew we had to get one more batch in the freezer or else we’d go insane.

Fig & Coconut Popsicles | Garlic, My Soul

We also love figs, and our friend Mike happens to have a fig tree, and Mary was nice enough to do some urban foraging and bring them right over to us! These ones are only about 150 calories each, too, so really it’s a perfect snack.

Fig & Coconut Popsicles | Garlic, My Soul

Look how beautiful these figs are – they are just asking to be made into popsicles. They were juicy, huge, and obviously FREE, so thumbs up to that. If you can’t find free figs, you should definitely go to TJs or your local grocery store and pick some up – they are in season!

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For these pops, we wanted simplicity, so we stuck to a small amount of ingredients – figs, a little sugar, coconut cream, and milk. For the actual recipe, head over here.

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Fig & Coconut Popsicles | Garlic, My Soul

As you can see, these got slightly melty by the end of the shoot but I’m here to tell you that they were delicious just a little melty and also delicious straight out of the freezer. What is your fave kind of popsicle? Let us know and we’ll whip up a batch!

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Chard and Burrata Salad | Garlic, My Soul

Another summer day, another fresh take on the summer salad. We’ve been known to raw, leafy greens and fresh veggies by the fistful, so we don’t need a lot of motivation when it comes to eating salads. Even so, it’s always fun to play with new ingredients and new combinations, which is what inspired this crisp chard and burrata salad.

Chard and Burrata Salad | Garlic, My Soul

You may remember that we only recently discovered the wonders of burrata, and I’m here to tell you that the obsession continues. We’ve been putting it on everything, so it was a natural addition to this recipe. As for the chard, we realized it had been far too long since we incorporated one of our favorite leafy greens into a recipe!

Chard and Burrata Salad | Garlic, My Soul

We also added cranberries and thinly sliced red onion to add some bite and sweetness. We’d recommend tossing all of the above with butter lettuce, but any green will do! What do you think? Will you be giving this colorful salad a try?

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Well, the time has come for me to reveal my favorite Los Angeles cafe for drip coffee – Coffee + Food on Melrose! I absolutely love this place. They have the friendliest staff, easy side street parking, it’s centrally located, and oh, it’s where I first met Kelly back in the day (cue warm fuzzies)! Mary Costa Photography for Garlic My Soul | Coffee + Food on Melrose | 001

This place is hip without being pretentious. Delicious beverages, cool decor, and they won’t judge you if you add cream and sugar to your coffee (thank goodness).

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Their menu is filled with delicious sandwiches, tasty pastries and homemade salads, but I was craving a bowl of granola and yogurt this morning.

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I need to reiterate how sweet the staff is at Coffee + Food! Every time I come by I’m always greeted with a warm smile. It makes all the difference!

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I’ve stopped by Coffee + Food more times than I can count for a regular cup of coffee, but I finally had a chance to try something fancier! This is a cappuccino topped with cinnamon – YUM. It was perfect as is, no sweetener added (a rarity for me)!

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I adore all of the fun knick-knacks on the bookshelf!

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I call this the perfect start to a Sunday morning.

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If you’re ever on Melrose/Larchmont, be sure to stop by Coffee + Food!

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Here is an important announcement. This Sunday, July 20th, is National Ice Cream Day. Please plan accordingly, and make yourself some homemade ice cream. May we suggest one with peaches?

Fresh Peach Ice Cream | Garlic, My Soul

We recently acquired our very own ice cream maker just in time to take full advantage of it during the hot summer. For our inaugural ice cream attempt, we broke out David Tanis’ fabulous cookbook, Heart of the Artichoke. This year, we resolved to utilize our cookbook collection a little more frequently, and we are in love with Tanis’ recipes.

Fresh Peach Ice Cream | Garlic, My Soul

This recipe called for a fairly simple vanilla custard, fresh peaches, and a little honey. We added a touch of balsamic vinegar and some oats to the mix for good measure and a little bit of crunch. The result was delicious, but we would probably make one change and puree the peaches next time. We typically prefer to have visible, discernible chunks of our fresh ingredients, but we did not account for how much a frozen peach hurts to bite into!

Fresh Peach Ice Cream | Garlic, My Soul

Of course, even our sensitive teeth haven’t stopped us from eating every last scoop of this ice cream. Something tells me that the ice cream maker is going to be a very dangerous addition to our kitchen! What flavor do you think we should we make next?

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Gluten Free Pinwheels | Garlic, My Soul

Is there a better way to hash out your feelings and de-stress than with friends over a glass of wine in the kitchen? In the GMS kitchen this week, we discovered that the only thing better is to add, “while making pinwheels” to the end of that sentence. Pinwheels inhabit a place in my mind reserved for fireworks, jello and attics that might, just might hide a map to ancient buried treasure. In a word: summer.

My early 90s were filled with pinwheel appetizers as far as the spectacled eye could see. They were all filled differently – some involved turkey, which I can tell you is delightful but not entirely necessary. In fact, the pinwheels I downed the fastest were simple: cream cheese and veggies. So that’s what we stuck to today, with a bit of a gluten-free, organic twist, of course, because we certainly don’t have ten-year-old stomachs anymore.

Gluten Free Pinwheels | Garlic, My Soul

And what would our ten-year-old selves think of us today? I’d like to think they’d feel hope and freedom in the fact that our lives have come to a point in which we can openly allow ourselves to eat entire rolls of pinwheels uncut, free of judgment. We may never have found that buried treasure but equivalent happiness? Absolutely. Find our full recipe here.

Gluten Free Pinwheels | Garlic, My Soul

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