Umbrian Lentils & Roasted Tomatoes

Umbrian lentil sauté with leeks and roasted balsamic tomatoes

Vegan lentil bean sauté of tiny Umbrian lentil beans with leeks, topped with roasted balsamic tomatoes. Think of this as lentil soup morphed into a sauté. It's about as easy to make too, especially since the lentils I used cooked up so fast. I've made this a number of times with regular run-of-the-mill brown lentils, but then I saw Bartolini's adorable (assuming lentil beans can be considered adorable) little Umbrian ...

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Spicy Sweet Potato ‘Fries’

Spiced Sweet Potato 'Fries' slider

Baked sweet potato 'fries', spiced up with cardamom and cinnamon. Served with super-easy maple-mustard dip. Unless you have a staff to insulate you from the world; someone to push a cart around the market, and someone to open doors for you so you don't have to touch anything while you recline on your divan, sipping Oolong tea, and read a book on your Kindle; getting a cold or the flu this time of year is almost guaranteed. ...

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Butternut-Caramelized Onion Empanadas

Butternut Squash Caramelized Onion Empanadas slider

Buttery empanadas filled with caramelized onions, butternut squash, apples and raisins.   I had my first empanadas when we were traveling through Ecuador a few years ago. Myles and I were enjoying a few days in the charming, mountain town of Cuenca, in the southern Sierra's after a glorious trip to the Galápagos. If you haven't been there, Cuenca is on the famed Inca Trail, and was a significant center of civilization long before the ...

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Healthy No-Cook Fudge with Peanut Butter

No Bake (Healthy) Fudge : the Wimpy Vegetarian

Luscious no-cook fudge with coconut oil and peanut butter that sets up in the refrigerator. Gluten-free! As I write this, I’m sitting in the departure lounge of the International terminal in San Francisco, bound for a month in the Italian sun.  You might be thinking, “Wow, she’s that organized that she can do a blog posting at the terminal gate?” I am not. I should have done this no later than yesterday in the comfort of my home where my computer has already made friends with the wireless ...

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Avocado and Roasted Tomatillo Soup

avocado and roasted tomatillo soup / the wimpy vegetarian

Easy, refreshing soup of smoky roasted tomatillos, spicy chipotles in adobo, creamy avocado, and tart lime. Someday, if I ever write a cookbook, it will be on soup. Too narrow? I respectfully disagree. Too seasonal? No way. It's a wonderful way to celebrate each and every season. Butternut squash and roasted cauliflower soups in the fall and winter; spring lettuce or strawberry soups in the spring; fruit soups in the summer. Soup is the ...

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Spring Asparagus Quiche

Lightened quiche with ricotta cheese, spring asparagus quiche

Comforting quiche replacing heavy cream with ricotta cheese, plus asparagus, chives and chevre in a buttery crust.   As each season rolls around, I wrap it around me like a blanket, thinking: ‘this is my favorite season’. Summer with overflowing abundance and sunshine. Fall with the smell of harvest in the air, a promise fulfilled. Winter, a time to pull back and quietly replenish. And now spring. From the unfurling of tender new leaves on stiff branches, to daffodils ...

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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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Yosemite with Suzanne Goin: Young Broccoli with Burrata

Broccolini with Burrata

Suzanne Goin's broccolini with burrata from Sunday Suppers at Lucques. If you've never attended the Chefs' Holidays® events hosted by The Ahwahnee® Hotel every winter, there's still time for 2012. It is the perfect little vacation after the madness of the holidays. The Ahwahnee is a magical place situated in the heart of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by the natural majesty of Half Dome and ...

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Winter Citrus Salad & Maple Vinaigrette

citrus salad with oranges, tangelos, beets, maple vinaigrette

Showcase colorful blood oranges and Satsuma tangerines in this easy, healthy winter salad dressed in a maple-orange juice vinaigrette. Swing by any market this month, and you'll find a startling variety of colorful, Rubenesque - plump oranges at their peak; heavy with natural juices, and sweet enough for a healthy, satisfying dessert . Here in California, we're lucky to have such a broad variety of oranges grown locally or nearby; so many kinds, in ...

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Butternut Squash-Apple Soup

Easy Butternut Squash - Apple Soup

Easy butternut squash and apple soup full of autumn flavors. After the festive abundance and chaos of the holidays, January is a time to celebrate emptiness. Naked trees, unburdened by heavy clusters of leaves and fruit; fields resting in a barren state, while nature quietly replenishes. I think about how to do the same, even ...

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Moroccan Orange Salad with Quinoa

Orange Moroccan Salad with Arugula and Quinoa

Moroccan salad of oranges and kalamata olives dressed in a spicy vinaigrette. Add peppery arugula and quinoa for a vegetarian main dish. The topic for this month's Bloghop is Citrus, which is a perfect theme for this time of year for two big reasons. First, because I'm ready for lots of fruits and veggies after the holidays. I should add, that doesn't mean I won't be posting some citrus desserts this month, just that I'm not starting with ...

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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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