Grape Cucumber Gazpacho

 

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While it still feels like summer, we are slowly making the transition into fall…my favorite season. Not only for the rich colors, but also for comfort foods – most notably: soup. While I tend to lean towards soups that provide warmth in a bowl, this blend of cucumbers and grapes is refreshing and loaded with flavor. Since we live in the Napa Valley where the grape is king of agriculture, I’m always looking for ways to use them beyond a glass of wine (although, that’s just fine, too:)

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Cauliflower “Rice” Tacos in Under 10 Minutes

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Since you’re all experts on how to make cauliflower rice now, I’ve discovered another great way to use it this summer: in tacos! SO easy, low calorie, and a great option to beef, even if you love the stuff. Click to continue reading »

Smoky Pumpkin Pecan Bars

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We are in the thick of pumpkin season, my favorite time of year in the kitchen. So many versatile recipes – from sweet to savory – and this one, I do believe, is now at the top of my list.

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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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Mexican Cauliflower Soup

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It’s just about time to move my Dutch Oven to the back and make room for my spring and summer utensils…but this soup deservedly gets my time and attention.  It’s a delightful spring recipe made with cauliflower and potatoes and lots of garlic.  The Mexican flavors take it over the top. Click to continue reading »

Zucchini Lasagne

As the saying goes, ‘when life gives you lemons’…or in this case, zucchini….make lasagne!  Have you ever used it in place of pasta?  You can work with it like spaghetti, or slice it thin and substitute it for noodles.  It makes for a seasonal dish that is lower in calories and allows for all kinds of fillings in between.

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Apricot Blueberry Crisp

The Napa farmers’ markets are bursting with fresh fruit…and these two gems will disappear in just two weeks!  Apricots have been scare the last two years so I am stocking up on my supply for desserts, sauces and jam.  The very best come from our good friend, Michele Bera, who indulges us at market with her stone fruits from Vacaville.  And if you think blueberries are mild with flavor…then you have not tried Stokes!  In a word: explosive.

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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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The Best Carrot Cake Ever

We all have our own favorite carrot cake recipe, but now you’ll have a new one:)  I made this for a crowd at the St. Helena Farmers’ market and it was a huge hit.  Super moist and rich, yet light.  The recipe comes from Fran Costigan’s “More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts, Naturally which has an abundance of healthful sweets that are not only delicious, but also vegan.

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