Warm Ricotta Farro + Grilled Kale & Plums

Warm Ricotta Farro with Grilled Kale and Plums, vegetarian main

#Secret Recipe Club: Hearty dish of ricotta and blue cheeses melted into farro, topped with balsamic grilled kale and plums. Sorry to be MIA lately. I’ve been busy pursuing a PhD in ‘Downsizing Homes’. I had considered writing my thesis on “Living with Tiny Bedrooms, Closets, Storage & No Garage’ or ‘Surprises After Buying a 100 Year Old House” (I now have loads of recent research data for either), but settled on “Moving Into a ...

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Kale Pesto

kale pesto, condiment

Tangy pesto of kale, capers, garlic, and Parmesan. Perfect to add to pastas, salad dressings, or use as a spread on a grilled cheese sandwich. Pesto is generally made by grinding garlic, a pinch of salt, and pine nuts together with a mortar and pestle until a creamy paste forms. Some people say the salt is added later, but I say no to this. The salt draws out the liquid of the garlic and helps to break it down into the paste you want. ...

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Kale Sautéed with Miso, Dates and Millet

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

Simple kale sautéed with miso paste, all dressed up with dates and puffed millet. 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 culture. My latest article, published today on Ask Miss A, is on Nature’s Path, based in Canada. I’ve always associated them with healthy breakfasts, but little ...

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Kale, Cabbage, Blood Orange Winter Salad

winter salad of kale, cabbage, blood oranges with tahini miso ginger dressing

Crunchy salad of strips of kale, cabbage and carrots, dotted with blood orange slices, and tossed in a tahini-miso-ginger dressing. Winter is loosening its long, cold talons, even here in the mountains. As we say goodbye to March, the familiar feeling of change is in the air. Daylight lingers a little longer; the damp earth smells pungent of decaying leaves; snow turns to a soaking rain during the day. Through the rain-splattered window, the ...

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Adzuki Beans with Miso and Chopped Kale

legumes, smoky bacon, miso and kale dish

Hearty legume dish with smoked bacon, miso and kale. 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 saw a recipe for them in the latest issue of Vegetarian Times, I decided it was ...

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Smoky Kale and White Bean Soup: #SundaySupper

healthy smoky kale tomato and white bean soup, cooking for a crowd

Healthy, hardy soup packed with kale, tomatoes, and white beans to give you comfort on a cold day. Last night we went to a party to celebrate a milestone birthday of a good friend. He was turning 60 and his wife threw a party at a local restaurant. Forty of us showed up for the feast, fun, and laughter; and something more. While we sipped wine and noshed on crabcakes, a nearby screen flashed photos of his ...

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Kabocha and Kale Salad with Persimmon

Kabocha Kale Salad with Persimmons : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Healthy, filling salad of kale, winter squash, and slices of fuyu persimmons.   I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We travelled to Portland (Oregon), to see close friends and family and had a wonderfully fun and food-filled week. Now that we're back home, I'm craving salads. The first one I made upon resettling at home was this one that incorporates kale and squash, inspired by ...

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Kale – Cauliflower Tart in a Cheddar Crust

hearty tart with kale and cauliflower in a cheddar crust

Delicious tart of kale, caramelized onions, cauliflower and roasted tomatoes in a cheddar cheese crust. I think we're fitting the rain of one season into one month here in the Bay Area. To be fair, it's not that we're getting a lot of hard, driving, flooding rain. It's more drizzle, light rain, heavy raindrops falling from overladen leaves kind of weather. And we had such a dry winter until now, it doesn't feel PC to ...

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Ribollita Peasant Soup


Peasant soup of cannellini beans, tomatoes, onion, greens, and thickened with browned-butter breadcrumbs. After a parched winter, we're enjoying a week of welcome rain here in northern California. It's a soothing rain that ebbs and flows, with short breaks not quite long enough to leave the umbrella at home, but feeding the soil long enough to make my garden happy. The kale and Swiss chard have doubled in size, with large ...

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Caramelized Squash and Kale Salad

Caramelized Acorn Squash and Kale Salad

Kale salad tossed in a cider and honey vinaigrette, topped by squash caramelized with brown sugar.   The celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah are behind us; the hustle and bustle of  the New Year not quite here. In between, lies the gift of a few days of quiet; a natural pause, to exhale, and slip inside myself to reflect over the past year, and to think about the year ahead. Hardly revolutionary. In fact, this tradition is thought ...

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Spicy Kale Chips

Kale Chips : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Healthy, delicious snack of spicy kale leaves baked until crisp. I hit a carb wall over the weekend. Not that I don’t love all the cake, cookies, candy, and scones I've been gorging on mind you. I can make a breakfast out of a swirl of warm cinnamon rolls draped with icing as eagerly as Paula Deen. But after a long weekend of traveling back east for a beautiful family wedding, I found ...

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Kale-Sweet Potato Salad & Cider Dressing

kale and sweet potato salad

Hardy kale salad tossed with spicy roasted sweet potatoes and apples, topped with pepitas, tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette. Yesterday I posted my recipe for Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes as part of my Gifts From The Kitchen series that included a gift idea of a spice rub. The Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes are great as a stand alone side dish for dinner, but the leftovers are fantastic warmed up and tossed into a kale salad for lunch the ...

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