Sugar Snap Peas with Purple Cabbage

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If you look at my logo you might notice a unique color combination that pops. Seeing how we all enjoy bright and beautiful foods, I thought of making a seasonal dish to complement the artwork  – simple and clean, purple and green…

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A Meaty Fruit

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From this photo, one might presume we are looking at shredded beef or pork, right? Then you might be surprised to learn it’s actually a fruit – jackfruit, to be exact. But it’s not sweet. It’s a hearty source of savory fiber that is ‘meaty’ in texture only, making it ideal for vegans and vegetarians… Click to continue reading »

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Sage

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I just KNOW you have some pumpkin around…and am here to help you make it into the best savory side dish on your Thanksgiving table. Or as a main course as the ultimate show stopper at your next dinner party. Yes, this dish has the WOW factor. Click to continue reading »

Building a Healthy Pantry

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Like most of us, at some point in life you have probably come home from work exhausted and in no mood to cook. But the other people you live with are hungry so that job most likely falls in your lap. What if you were able to whip something up from ingredients you had on hand in just 15 minutes…alas, help is here!

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Chocolate Chia Seed Mousse

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As if that isn’t a mouthful enough…here is a super easy, rich and healthy dessert.  It truly takes 5 minutes to make and just a little longer to ‘set’ but this cocoa coco chia pudding/mousse is sublime!

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Preserved Lemons with Rosemary

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Are your neighbors’ trees weighted down by the bounty of citrus this winter?  Make a deal and grab some!  Lemons are used more often than salt or pepper in this house, both for taste and health properties. Click to continue reading »

EASY Homemade Coconut Moisturizer

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Now you might not think that skin moisturizer falls into the food category…but this one does!  And it is the most hydrating, nourishing oil you could ever find – let alone make.  Using pure coconut oil and a powerful kitchen mixer, this is your best shield against the harsh elements      of the seasons.

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Curried Potato and Green Bean Salad with Toasted Cumin

Just in time for the holiday weekend, here’s a summer dish perfect for every barbecue.  Potatoes and green beans are in season now, and with a little extra personality, this recipe is a crowd pleaser!

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Grapeseed Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you follow this blog, you know what a goof I am for coconut oil.  And recently there have been several posts from other like minded writers who list over 200 ways to use it!  In addition to all its health benefits, coconut oil has a high smoke point and is great for baking.  But there’s another healthy oil to cook with, and this one just so happens to come from my neighborhood – the Napa Valley.  It’s grapeseed oil and it’s made by Salute Santé.

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Turnip Soup with Greens

Every now and then you taste something that knocks you out – in a good way.  Recently at a cooking class with Napa food writer and master gardener, Janet Fletcher, a fresh turnip soup was presented that took my breath away.  Its color was vibrant, its texture silky.  And as we transition from winter to spring, this is just the right dish to satisfy the soul.

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