One of the easiest and best ways to eat a whole artichoke is to steam it and serve it up with your favorite dipping sauce. There is very little prep needed to get artichokes ready to cook. I rinse them thoroughly running the water in and around all of the leaves to ensure I loosen up any dirt or critters that may be lurking beneath! … Read more Artichokes at their Best!
A friend of mine just returned from travels and was remarking about how she had this wonderful dish of orange slices at a restaurant that was remarkably simple but full of flavor. It was served quite simply with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of seasoning. Knowing that I had some magnificent Talley Farms CSA citrus in my produce drawer, I decided to experiment. The … Read more Simple, but Exquisite!
It’s Cookbook Club time again and this time I am making a recipe from two of my favorite bloggers/cookbook writers from The Kitchn Cookbook. It is an easy to follow cookbook with great every day recipes. The recipe I selected is for an adaptation of Mujaddara, which is a popular dish in the Middle East, and is generally made using brown or green lentils and rice, that is seasoned with cumin. It is … Read more And You Thought Vegetarian Dishes were Boring?
I’m pretty sure you already know that basil is not the only main ingredient that can be used to make pesto. In my blog, I have recipes for pesto with kale (kale sage pesto), fennel (fennel frond pesto), broccoli (broccoli pesto) and fresh peas (spring pea pesto) to name a few. I even have another recipe for spinach pesto that is an alternative to this dish. Pesto’s are a wonderfully fresh … Read more A Departure from Basil Pesto is Improved with Fresh Spinach!
We tried out a new restaurant for our first night out in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this year. I read some nice reviews and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed at all. Family owned; we were warmly greeted at the door and immediately seated at our reserved table. Abuelo, who was our waiter, couldn’t have been kinder or more accommodating. The dining room … Read more Adding “Maria Jimenez Restaurante Mexicano” to the Rotation!
Fennel is such an interesting vegetable. It has a pale bulb and long green stalks. Fennel can be grown almost anywhere. It has a licorice-like flavor and is a vegetable that you can use each and every part of. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible! Fennel has been used in natural remedies since ancient times as it’s nutrients are linked to a range of health benefits. In … Read more 3 Ways to use Fennel in One Dish!
It’s springtime and asparagus is ready to harvest! I often eat asparagus simply roasted or grilled with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. It is absolutely delicious that way and simple to prepare. However, today I wanted to make something different, so I am baking it in risotto topped with crispy chicken thighs. This Roast Lemon Chicken and Asparagus Risotto is simple to … Read more Easy Spring “One Pot Meal” you can make in Under an Hour!
We have been lucky enough to get a huge amount of rain this year on the Central Coast of California. It was much needed as we were in a pretty severe drought. So I’m not complaining at all about the weather. But when the skies are gloomy, my go-to meal is some sort of comfort food. One of my all time favorites is a Tuna … Read more Rain in the Forecast signals Comfort Food for me!
Brussels Sprouts are one of the most popular vegetables these days. You find them as starters on many restaurant menus, where most vegetables are relegated to only side dishes. They are very versatile and can be presented in a variety of ways. As a matter of fact, I have quite a collection of brussels sprout recipes on my blog that I will highlight below! Today I have made … Read more How do I Love Brussels Sprouts? Let me Count the Ways!!
I receive the most gorgeous, juicy, sweet and delicious fruit from Talley Farms. The natural beauty in their colors are so amazing that I wanted to make something to show off the contrast and brilliance of it all. I served this dish as a brunch meal and it was nothing short of spectacular! An array of citrus is the central attraction in this incredibly simple … Read more A Fruit Festival from Talley Farms CSA!