I wanted to make some soup today and was wondering what I should do. I decided to use one of my favorite vegetables as the base; celery root (celeriac), and pair it with apple. But when making soup, I am a proponent of garnishing it with something to add some excitement such as fried pancetta or croutons and cheese, etc. Due to the diet restrictions I am … Read more Two Soups are Better than One!
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!
On those days that you want a satisfying meal that will warm your soul, this one surely fits the bill. It combines several ingredients that play very well together. A lean pork tenderloin takes center stage spiked with apple slices with a velvety apple jus on top. Served alongside is a robust cabbage dish enhanced with the flavor of bacon. So on our menu for today … Read more Comfort Food to Warm your Soul
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!
A nice rainy day in California requires a warm home-cooked meal, especially on a Sunday night! With the afternoon ahead, I decided to marinate some chicken thighs for a Chicken & Sweet Potato Tagine. My recipe is for a Moroccan style chicken marinated with an herb mixture of cumin, cardamom, ginger and a hint of saffron. If you’re feeling daring, you can toast & grind … Read more Sunday Supper
If you follow my blog, you may have noticed a bit of a theme lately. I am doing a study on Asian cooking so I have been posting many Thai style recipes. Living in a rural area, it can be difficult to get some of the more uncommon food supplies that I need. However, we have two lovely Asian markets in San Luis Obispo County … Read more Enjoy the last of the Seasons’ best Fresh Corn, Cob and all!
And they’re not just for popper’s either! I just made the most incredible Creamy Jalapeño Soup! Just enough heat to wake up your senses, but not enough to scare away even the weakest gringo. It is a mixture of roasted jalapeño peppers, sweet orange peppers and fire roasted tomatoes (in a can). To make it creamy, this recipe does use light cream, but you could … Read more Jalapeño Pepper’s aren’t just for Salsa!
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!
There are so many wonderful ways to combine natures plenty into scrumptious dishes! With my amazing Talley Farms CSA produce offering lots of goodies like Snap Peas, Red Sweet Onions, Brussels Sprouts and Sunburst Summer Squash, I decided to go Asian. I paired up a thick, hearty sirloin steak and all of the veggies and created some grilled Teriyaki Madness! A simple marinade of soy sauce and … Read more Farm to Table goes Asian!
Avocados are an amazing fruit, known as a superfood in the nutrition world, and they are extremely versatile. They play the starring role in guacamole and are a wonderful addition to an infinite number of salad recipes. They are so healthy that many diet conscious individuals are opting to use mashed avocado in place of mayonnaise in tuna and egg salads. If you’re looking for something new and refreshing … Read more A Refreshing Do-Ahead Soup to Serve at your next Dinner Party!