Fresh Summer Cherry Vinaigrette

It’s easy to speed through the Central Valley of California or roll along the farm-bounded country roads less traveled, and find some great fresh fruits, nuts and delicious vegetables, especially during summer.  If you find yourself in the heart of some of the world’s most productive farmland, grab yourself  some fresh delicious cherries,– season is… Continue reading Fresh Summer Cherry Vinaigrette

Vegan Baked Apple Pastry Roses

I wrote this recipe for my friends over at #30SecondMom. Thought I’d share with you too if you don’t follow me there. You’ll need: 6 red apples, cored, halved and sliced 1/4-inch thick 1/2 cup melted vegan butter or regular butter 1 package phyllo dough nonstick spray water or nut milk, to seal equal parts cinnamon and sugar 1/2… Continue reading Vegan Baked Apple Pastry Roses

Buttered Baba Ganoush

Buttered Baba Ganoush -(Moutabal aka, baba ganoush)  is made with aubergines, tahini, pine nuts and plenty of garlic. Beautiful and exotic — these are two words that best describe a delicate, aubergine. They come in so many varieties. Most commonly seen are the lavender to purple varieties, but what many of us didn’t know, is that ….  Aubergines are… Continue reading Buttered Baba Ganoush

Soft HomeMade Pretzels

  Ingredients:  1 cup warm water (105°F) 1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons Vegetable oil 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 Tablespoon organic cane sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus Maldon or Kosher for garnish 6 -8 cups water 1/8 cup baking soda   Method:  With the vegetable oil, lightly grease a… Continue reading Soft HomeMade Pretzels

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Lemon & Crunchy Toasted Almonds

LOVE.. LOVE… LOVE…. Asparagus. Spring time is right around the corner, and asparagus season is closer than we think. Best measure is to always source  young fresh stalks of asparagus but if  you are using very thick stalks of asparagus, peel away the tough outer layers. The easiest way is to grasp the base of the asparagus… Continue reading Oven Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Lemon & Crunchy Toasted Almonds

Skinny Garlic Pommes Frites

In the production of a really good ‘French Fry” the type of fat used to fry with can make all the difference. Not to mention the type of potato and the potatoes sugar content will make a difference as well. Seriously, this subject for scholarly debate! Many establishments that place “Pommes Frites” on the menu are doing… Continue reading Skinny Garlic Pommes Frites

BBQ Pork Buns Sliders with Sweet Cabbage Slaw

Nothing says yum like good food and great friends. Try my adaption of a BBQ Pork Bun. This make-ahead recipe was a crowd pleaser at my house. You can make the steamed buns or order out from your favorite Asian bakery. Everything else can be made ahead and assembled the day of the event.  Special Equipment… Continue reading BBQ Pork Buns Sliders with Sweet Cabbage Slaw