Green Celebration!

Today the color green reaches beyond the hills into our clothes and onto our plates.  I thought I’d dig into the archives to support the celebration whether on St. Patrick’s Day or into spring which is just around the corner…

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Lemon Curd

I hit the trifecta this week!  Two friends indulged me with fresh eggs from their chickens; my shipment of ghee arrived; and I received a large shopping bag full of Meyer lemons.  The citrus crops seem to be a bit late in ripening this year (from the cool growing season)…but after hanging on the tree for an extended period of time, these lemons were screaming to perform in a homemade batch of lemon curd…

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Shepherd’s Sweet Potato Pie

Don’t touch that dial!  Those colors are for real – no enhancement necessary.  Not only is the dish gorgeous (in a child-like finger painting way), I do believe it has overtaken my beloved beet risotto as numero uno. Shepherd’s pie made with sweet potatoes will be a new staple in this house. Click to continue reading »

Quinoa Pancakes

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I’m on a quinoa kick right now, which means I also have leftovers.  Quinoa is such a fabulous grain to work with – so versatile, nutritious and easy to cook.  I usually make extra to toss in a salad or cook up as porridge, but this time it went into my new favorite recipe for pancakes!

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Whole Grain & Gluten Free Bread

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For those who can consume wheat products and other forms of gluten, don’t be scared of this post.  For those who can’t, rejoice!  Either way – you all have come upon a recipe for one hearty and easy-to-make fresh baked bread…

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Egg Nog Panna Cotta

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There are times when you just NAIL it in the kitchen.  This is one of those times!  I dare say this dessert is by far one of my favorites to date, and if you like egg nog, you will LOVE this creamy creation.  Plus, it’s super simple to make!  So be sure to plan just one more trip to the market and get the goods for Egg Nog Panna Cotta.

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Pumpkin Mousse

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It’s officially pumpkin season. It seems everything I am cooking lately incorporates it somehow.  And since I roast up a fair amount at one time, I am always looking for different ways to use it.  The recipes can range from sweet to savory, and in this case I am offering one which is a little lighter than your average pumpkin pie, but with that same creamy goodness we tend to crave this time of year.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Summer is finally arriving here on the west coast (apologies to Easterners!) and the tomatoes are now showing color.  I’ve been busy with cooking demos at farmers’ markets and one of my most popular dishes is tabbouleh made with quinoa.  It’s a crowd pleaser and great to make in advance for backyard parties…

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Fresh Goji Berry Muffins

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Do you have any idea what is in this bowl?  I’ll pay the first person who gets it right.  (You will be paid in anti-oxidants:)  One person guessed a type of pepper; others a fruit, and someone thought they resembled “Hot Tamales” from the movie theater.  Still no clue?  Well, I was stumped, too…

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Raspberry "Cream" Pie with Cashew Crust

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I had fully intended to post this earlier but a few ‘details’ last week diverted my attention.  My husband, Jay, had a partially torn retina and needed surgery; our dog broke his foot; my sister had a medical procedure, and we learned Jay’s mom has lung cancer. You could say we dedicated our time (and resources) to wellness, albeit not yet related to food.

But, alas, a holiday weekend is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with dessert!  Seasonal and healthful, of course…fresh from the farmers’ market.  Sure to make everyone feel better.

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