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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Sweet Potato Tacos

My latest fave-est are these sweet potato tacos.  I first made them for a class I did for Share Our Strength called “Cooking Matters,” a program for low-income folks who just want to learn how to cook and eat healthy on a budget (which applies to anyone, really.)  The whole class got so excited about this recipe, and since I always have sweet potatoes on hand, it has become a regular entree in our home, too.

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Leek and Fennel Risotto

One of the many advantages to living in Northern California, is having access to a wide variety of produce based on the seasons. I mean, that’s what we’re here for, right?  Farm fresh, flavorful, colorful, and uber nutritious. This past week at the farmers’ market I was hard pressed not to buy everything in sight but I settled on fennel and leeks which made for a lovely risotto.

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Sauteed Radishes

I just harvested the last of my radishes to make room for my next crop of beets.  This winter proved pretty challenging for growing baby vegetables, but remember, I’m a newbie gardener so that could be said for just about anything;-)  Click to continue reading »

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 »

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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