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Vegan Lentil and Potato Salad

After a winter and spring of house remodeling projects, I am so ready for the BBQs, picnics, and casual entertaining that Memorial Day weekend heralds. Well, just as soon as we fix our deck enough to hobble through another year. It’s squishy in a way […]

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Roasted Cauliflower with Quinoa Breadcrumbs and a Soft-Boiled Egg

roasted cauliflower with quinoa breadcrumbs, vegetarian main dish

Cauliflower isn’t badass like Serrano peppers, who pack searing heat into long slender bodies. It’s not a vixen like salt, completely dominating dishes if mishandled, not letting other ingredients get a word in edgewise. Nope. Nor a superhero like quinoa, able to leap over tall […]

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Skillet-Baked Corn Pudding and a #Giveaway

skillet baked corn pudding with black beans

I recently received “The New Southwest – Classic Flavors with a Modern Twist” cookbook to review and instantly fell in love. It’s by Meagan Micozzi of Scarletta Bakes blog fame, and I knew I’d love it by the title alone. Southwest flavors rank up there with […]

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Pickled Beet Salad with Chive Oil

Quick pickled vegetables and fruits add accent notes to creamy entrées and create memorable sassy side dishes like this salad of roasted beets, feta and pepitas. For entrées, think pickled tomatoes added to creamy asparagus risottos or pickled apples tossed into a celery root mash […]

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(Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Pie Spoon Bread

gluten free, pumpkin pie spoon bread

  When I got the November issue of Bon Appétit in the mail, there were a bunch of recipes calling my name. Starting with this one. I’d never made spoon bread, had never even eaten any, and wasn’t entirely sure what it was. But I […]

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Farmhouse Butternut and Apple Crumble: #SundaySupper

This week’s theme is “Squashin’ Winter” for SundaySupper. It’s still sunny and in the 60′s and 70′s here in Northern California, but luckily the weather isn’t the only thing that drives seasons. Food does too. I crave fall and winter food in November even if we’re […]

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Broccoli and Cranberry Bean Salad with Lemon-Garlic-Yogurt Dressing

broccoli salad, how to cook cranberry beans

A shiny new farmer’s market just opened up here in Incline Village (on Lake Tahoe). It’s small – with maybe 15 tents, very personal (one elderly farmer glanced dismissively at the plastic bag of baby kale I handed to him to be weighed, snorted that […]

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Minty Grilled Snap Peas

Grilled snap peas tossed in mint, side dish, vegan, The Wimpy Vegetarian

For years I was convinced I didn’t like snap peas. Looking back, I’m not sure I’d ever even tasted them before a couple of months ago. But they reminded me of snow peas, which I’m sure I don’t like. So, my mind was made up. […]

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Roasted Potato Salad with Lentils (optional Grilled Salmon) #TheSaladBar

Summer Potluck salad of lentils, potatoes with optional salmon, cooking for vegetarians and omnivores

  One of the reasons I like to join up with different blogging groups is that they nudge me to cook in a way that I want to. This is our second monthly Salad Blogging Group posting party, and I can already feel the effects. […]

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#SundaySupper: Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

smoked trout deviled eggs, easy entertaining, Memorial Day picnic

The weather is warming up here in the Bay Area, and we’re officially in the first holiday weekend I associate with summer. To celebrate, this week’s theme for Sunday Supper is picnics, and for me a picnic isn’t a picnic without deviled eggs. I wanted […]

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DIY

Basil, Chive, and Mustard Compound Butters : For Your Pantry

Compound butters are a great little condiment to keep in the freezer, all wrapped in wax paper and tucked into ziplock baggies. They’ll keep that way for a long time. Just slice off what you need and re-wrap and seal it. You can store them […]

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Blog Cookoff!! Classic Green Mint Chutney Rice Topped with Tomatoes and Nectarines

green mint chutney rice

If you follow this blog, you know I love condiments I can have on hand to make great meals in minutes. This powerful little condiment, Classic Mint Chutney from Spices and Seasons: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors was the perfect partner this week since we’re having […]

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Garlic Olive Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as it has a low pH and harbors moisture. […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper Super Eats For Game Day

If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different category. I mean something you actually want to do. You’re […]

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