Kimchi is one of the world’s healthiest foods. Koreans eat so much of this super-spicy condiment (40 pounds of it per person each year) that natives say “kimchi” instead of “cheese” when getting their pictures taken! The reddish fermented cabbage (and sometimes radish) dish—made with a mix of garlic, salt, vinegar, chile peppers, and other spices—is served at every meal, either alone or mixed with … Read more You’re Missing Out if you’re not Eating one of the World’s Healthiest Foods!
I love Chinese food, which is seriously difficult to find on the Central Coast of California. Or at least it is in Paso Robles. Yes, we have a few options, but none of them compare to what I grew up with in the Midwest. I think of Chinese food as comfort food. It is generally light fare and super nourishing. Spaghetti Squash is one of the CSA items … Read more Transform your Spaghetti Squash into an Amazing Chinese Meal!
My Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA box is a wonderful resource for making desserts. I usually look first to the fruit in my box when deciding on a sweet finish to my meal. Often dinner in itself is enough to fill you fully, but as the saying goes “there’s always room for something sweet!” When making your dessert center around fruit, at least you can be adding beneficial nutrients and … Read more Citrus adds a Fresh Taste to this Sumptuous Dessert!
Ever since I made my first “free form” pie (think Galette, Crostata, Tart…), I have lost interest in making a standard style pie. Mind you, the ratio of desserts to food that I create is quite small. However, when it comes to pie style desserts, I find free form crusts to be much more rustic looking and fun to make. And it doesn’t hurt that they … Read more Crisp, Farm Fresh Apples plus Salted Caramel Sauce equals YUM!
I volunteered for dessert duty for an upcoming event and since it’s not my forte, I started searching around for something new to make. I went through all the chocolate ideas, even one with homemade peanut butter truffles inside and decided to head back to something I am more comfortable with – vegetables. Yes, it can still be dessert if it is made with vegetables. … Read more Just ~ Plain ~ Good! Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Flavored Icing
I have been saving this recipe to try for quite a while now and I finally decided – this was the time! Everyone has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and I’ve even gotten copies of some that were so highly regarded that they were said to have sold for $250! Since I’m not a real sweet lover, I look for ideas that are a bit different and somewhat savory … Read more My new Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie contains a Secret Ingredient!
Just in time for the season’s fresh, crisp apples, I bring you this simple, yet elegant Apple Cake! Lightly sweet and heavenly tasting, an impressive display that will have your friends wondering if you went to pastry school. The recipe is surprisingly simple considering the finished product you will receive. The best kind of apples to use would be ones that are slightly sweet and nicely crisp. Exactly what … Read more You’ll look like a Pastry Chef with this Impressive Apple Cake!
Eggplant is an odd vegetable to me. I have had dishes with eggplant that I thoroughly love and crave often. Other eggplant dishes I find to be quite unappealing in both taste and appearance. How is it that one vegetable can be both so wonderful and also so displeasing? Always on the hunt for a way to create something delicious and satisfying from all that nature … Read more You will Love Eggplant in this Irresistibly Scrumptious Caponata!
There are oodles of wonderful stone fruits available in the summer. People are devouring them by the dozens, trying to enjoy their sublime ripeness while they are at their best. Aside from eating them raw and putting them in an array of desserts such as crumbles, cobblers, tarts and pies, they are grilling them, making ice cream and sorbet with them; the list goes on. Detouring … Read more This Gorgeous Salad is also Big on Taste!
Don’t limit yourself to only cooking food with your produce. Here’s an idea that I got from The Lemonade Coookbook for making fun beverages. There are so many drink combinations you can create to cool you off on these hot summer days. I selected their Kiwi/Strawberry Lemonade. It was super delish on it’s own and made an amazing cocktail with some Vanilla Vodka! What is really … Read more A Refreshing Beverage that can also be made into a Cocktail!