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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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Kale-Miso Sauté with Dates and Millet

miso-kale sauté with dates and millet, Nature's Path, easy entertaining, easy weeknight side dish, Ask Miss A

One of the things I enjoy about writing for Ask Miss A magazine is learning more about food companies that give back. Let’s face it, many food companies operate on pretty thin margins, so when they give back, it tells me a lot about their […]

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Moroccan Chickpea Pockets

legumes, chickpea, vegan, healthy dinner, moroccan chickpea pita pockets recipe

Some evenings I’m pulling dinner together on the run because of any number of reasons. It could be a last-minute phone call that delayed me, an appointment that ran late, traffic, or just life. In times like this, I’m so grateful to have little containers […]

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Adzuki Beans with Miso and Chopped Kale

legumes, smoky bacon, miso and kale dish

Ad-what? Adzuki. These beans were new to me too. I’d seen them in the bins at the market where I purchase my other dried legumes, but didn’t know anything about them. I guess I figured they were like most any other bean. But when I […]

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DIY

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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Stevia Extract

how to make stevia extract

About a month ago I posted about making stevia powder from a couple of stevia plants I nurtured all summer. Some folks commented that the powder can have an aftertaste, and encouraged me to make extract. It took me a little while, but I finally […]

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Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

how to make homemade roasted tomato sauce

One of things I think about when all the heirlooms show up at the market is making homemade tomato sauce. I don’t eat beef much more than once or twice a year, but I grew up loving a tomato chunky, meaty sauce for pasta. I’ve […]

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