I sincerely apologize to my blog readers as I have been otherwise occupied much of the time lately. Over the last several months I have been volunteering my time helping to run a local restaurant out at Lake Nacimiento. It has been quite an undertaking scooping up most of my extra time and energy! Hence my lack of authorship as of late for my personal … Read more Where Have I Been Lately?
I often find myself craving some type of soup. I find it to be one of the most soothing, comforting things to eat. I tend to make soups more often in the fall and wintertime when the ambiance of a bowl of a steaming hot soup seems most tantalizing. This time I decided that a nice piece of fish cooked in a flavorful broth along … Read more Healthy Comfort Food is the Best!
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!
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!
Showcasing my third bowl meal for the week, I am posting a recipe from my latest Cookbook Club book, Near & Far. It has an exquisite cover that is embossed with design and is filled with unique natural food recipes inspired from Heidi’s travels around the world and beautifully artful photos. As you can see by my slew of fuscia post-it markings, I really worked … Read more A Tribute to Heidi Swanson’s Cookbook, Near & Far
“Bowls” are my theme this week. A little pop of color goes a long way to make your dish look more enticing. My Salmon, Chard & Polenta Bowl with Basil Yogurt Sauce does just that! A burst of multiple hue’s in each ingredients’ natural pigment make it all the more alluring. It’s fun to create a one bowl meal out of interesting components that all work together and offer the … Read more The Exquisite Color of Food makes it More Enticing!
I hosted a large party last summer and where bowls were the theme of our meal. I enlisted each guest to bring something to put in the bowl and we created a buffet line out of it. It was so easy, so much fun, and everyone raved about it. So I’m revisiting that idea now and I’m loving it! It is a great way to serve an easy meal packed … Read more I’m in Love with Bowls (of food…)!