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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Smoky Watermelon Salad

I hope I don’t get in trouble for saying this, but we are having an incredible summer.  Unlike 90% of our country, California weather has been mild and mellow.  And while the wine grapes are a few weeks behind with harvest, melons are at their sweet peak right now.

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Curried Onion Bisque with Ghee

It’s still very much soup season…of course, depending on what’s in it, I guess you could say that all year long.  Onions have made it into just about every dish here lately, with the exception of muffins;-)  I bought a few pounds of yellow onions at the farmers’ market and thought I’d create a pot of soup with other warming spices. Click to continue reading »

Healthy Hollandaise

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Less is more.  That’s my mantra for 2011.  No resolutions, just trying to simplify.  And I think you know, that isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

One week into the new year and I find I am looking for more ways to reduce clutter – from my closet to the kitchen.  So I’m playing my favorite culinary game: “Use It Up,” and creating some mighty delectable dishes in the process.

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Potato and Chickpea Curry

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This time of year beckons me to have a pot of something hearty simmering on the stove.  The beauty of it is threefold: whatever you make gets better with ‘age’; you have lunch and/or dinner ready in no time; and its economical since you can stretch it into several meals.  My friend Shirley at Gluten Free Easily recently posted this recipe and ironically, I had almost everything it called for already on hand.  (That’s the beauty of having a well stocked pantry;-) Click to continue reading »

Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz


If you can complete the rest of this jingle, you are in my age bracket (or beyond;-)  Of course I’m referring to the Alka Seltzer commercial,  and relief of indigestion.  Just a guess, but there may be some of that going on these next few days, so I thought I’d give you a break from Thanksgiving overload (so to speak) and offer some helpful tips on how to prevent stomach upset or how to help calm it down.

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Gluten Free 4 You?

It seems everywhere I turn these days, ‘gluten free’ has become all the rage.  This is in NO way to disparage the need for gluten free products.   As a semi-gluten free baker myself (I’m not gluten intolerant, but am a therapeutic chef) – I am thrilled there is more awareness and that the choices are more widely available AND tasty, too.  But I am often asked if it is necessary or healthier to remove gluten from our diets entirely.  The answer is complex and variable.  Let’s explore…

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Flour Power

I figured if I’m starting a feature called “Savvy Substitutions” and it focuses heavily on baked goods, it might be advisable to explain different types of flour and their ratios in baking compared to the ‘other white stuff.’  Of course you know it begins with whole-grains, and organic whenever possible.  Wheat is one of the most pesticide laden crops in America, so it truly pays to buy the purest product available.  This way you can go right to your pantry when a recipe calls for spelt (a cousin of wheat) or another alternative and know how it might affect the taste and texture of your creation.

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Flax in the Family!

Imagine my utter delight when I opened up an email from my sister today sharing a big sense of ‘food accomplishment.’  Colleen, husband Charlie, and their three incredible kids – Jane, Chase, and Mary – have just returned from a nine-month sojourn from Europe to South America.  While they indulged in fresh flavors from native lands, they now totally embrace the bounty from local farmers and health food stores back home.  I just had to share…

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Summer is Sprouting

Everything around us is bursting with energy and color.  Are you?  If there is hesitation in that answer, I have a healthful hint that will put a little ‘spring’ in your step.

You’ve probably noticed that sprouts aren’t just for granola crunchers from the old days when so called ‘health food’ tasted like cardboard.  (I should invite them over to persuade them otherwise, and why is poor granola picked on?  That is a staple around here…) ANYway, the process to grow your own sprouts is SO easy, SO healthy and SO economical.  It just takes a few minutes and maybe one trip to the health food store. Click to continue reading »