Pumpkin Polenta with Chicken Sausage

October 1, 2014

Between cheesy grits for breakfast at Cow Girl Creamery in San Francisco’s Ferry Building and cheesy grits with lobster broth at Perla Seafood Restaurant in Austin, Texas, I’ve become a lover of this soul-satisfying, creamy dish of heaven, and it’s sister, polenta.

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Avocado and Pomegranate Guacamole

September 23, 2014

For the love of avocados, here is a twist on traditional guacamole you’ve got to try. Avocado and pomegranate, with lime, cilantro and shallot. So incredibly good and good for you. Love the colors! Sort of a fall guacamole, now that pomegranates are coming back into season.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

September 19, 2014

It might be meltingly hot in Southern California, but my brain is in fall mode. Tired of the heat, I am ready for cooler weather, sweaters, a flickering fireplace, and fall foods and ingredients. Fall mode means pumpkin and squashes and comfort food again. Anyone else mentally in fall mode? Please tell me I am not the only one. 

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Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

September 16, 2014

Who doesn’t love granola. Crunchy, nutty, maple-y, spiced and a great way to start the day. Nice as a snack too. Loose granola is fine for when you are at home, but what about when you are on the go? Here is a portable version of my roasted maple granola, this recipe with chocolate chips. 

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Avocado and Hummus Wraps

September 10, 2014

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Like wraps? Here is something new to try. A Wrawp. Smear with hummus, layer in some avocado, tomatoes and sprouts or lettuce greens and you have a super healthy wrap for lunch or a snack. 

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Cherry Tomato Tart

September 6, 2014

Maybe it was the fresh cherry cakes I’d been baking weekly at the request of visiting friends, but I had cherries on my mind. When I saw little green baskets of colorful cherry tomatoes at the market I thought, what about a cherry tomato cake? Then inspiration hit, and here is the delicious result. Before summer tomatoes disappear, make this cherry tomato tart. It is easier than it looks. Your friends and family will think you are a culinary rock star.

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How To Steam Salmon

August 29, 2014

With time-starved schedules and the desire to eat healthy, everyone needs fast and easy recipes they can turn to. Here is one I’ve done a lot this summer – Steamed Salmon. You can have dinner on the table in just minutes. About six minutes to be exact. Steaming: It’s not just for vegetables. 

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Forgotten Cookies

August 25, 2014

Softly leafing through an old, faded notebook, I came across a recipe that looked familiar yet at the same time different. The ingredient list I knew, but the technique was different. It was a simple cookie I baked growing up called a chocolate chip meringue, but this recipe was called the Forgotten Cookie.

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A Feast with Friends | Grilled Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto

August 21, 2014

Great food makes for great bribery. With the promise of a fabulous feast, we invited ourselves over to good friends for the weekend. They have a gorgeous home overlooking the California coast. Hey, what are friends for?

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Zucchini Applesauce Muffins (gluten-free)

August 17, 2014

Zucchini in muffins? Yes! If the thought of that throws your family, don’t tell them. Once they have gobbled one of these soft and moist golden goodies down, then tell them.

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