3 Ways to use Fennel in One Dish!

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!

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Easy Spring “One Pot Meal” you can make in Under an Hour!

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!

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Rain in the Forecast signals Comfort Food for me!

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!

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A Tribute to Heidi Swanson’s Cookbook, Near & Far

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

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The Exquisite Color of Food makes it More Enticing!

“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!

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I’m in Love with Bowls (of food…)!

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…)!

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I’ve Turned into a Coconut Lover, Milk that is…

While trying to stay away from sugar as much as possible, I have found Coconut Milk to be a fabulous condiment to use in my recipes. There’s only 1g of sugar in the Trader Joe’s coconut milk that I use and it has a sweet, subtle coconut flavor that goes really well with a whole bunch of things! I have been using it for making … Read more I’ve Turned into a Coconut Lover, Milk that is…

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How to Make a Salt-Baked Sweet Potato a Complete Meal!

I love baked potatoes. I love stuffed baked potatoes. Using a sweet potato for my potato choice and then stuffing it? Well now you’re on to something! The only problem with eating a stuffed baked sweet or white potato is that it can become a meal in itself, so if you pair it with a steak and another vegetable or salad, you are seriously overeating. … Read more How to Make a Salt-Baked Sweet Potato a Complete Meal!

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For the most Tender, Succulent Chicken, cook it in Coconut Milk!

I have had so much fun cooking from the Half Baked Harvest blog lately. It was my choice for cookbook club as we were taking a departure from books and trying out some of our favorite blogs. I have been thoroughly inspired by their photographs as well as the some of the food combinations in their recipes. Today I lightly adapted a recipe for Thai … Read more For the most Tender, Succulent Chicken, cook it in Coconut Milk!

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Calling all Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA members – Have I got Something for You!!

If you are a Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA member, then I’m guessing you might have a few sweet potatoes sitting in your vegetable bin. Am I right? Well, I have something great for you today! If you follow me at all, you probably know that I seldom post anything twice. I usually refrain from re-visiting recipes or menus because… well because, there are just so many new … Read more Calling all Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA members – Have I got Something for You!!

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