The Brussel Sprout Files!

Below is a formula sure to make your Brussel sprouts are a success no matter what flavor profile you’re after. Sweet, salty, or tangy! Brussel sprouts are aggressive in flavor. You either love them or hate them. So many ways to cook them too– from baked chips to chopped salads. At my home we love ourContinue reading “The Brussel Sprout Files!”

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Meet The Cushaw Squash

Early fall is one of my favorite times of the year, the weather is perfect, the leaves are changing, and squash is bountiful! The beautiful and alluring, Cushaw Squash is a huge valued crop, because it is inexpensive and stores for about four months. They average about 10-20 pounds, grow to 12-18 inches in length,Continue reading “Meet The Cushaw Squash”

Spring has Sprung in California! Try my Recipe for 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 asparagusContinue reading “Spring has Sprung in California! Try my Recipe for Oven Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Lemon & Crunchy Toasted Almonds”

Fresh Basil and Kale Pesto Zoodles

Some think I’ve lost my noodle, because I put kale in my zoodles. I’ll let you be the judge. This recipe is a variation of the classic basil pesto. It’s fresh, flavorful, easy and healthy. Kale is really good for you. Contains a high concentration of vitamins K, A, C, and antioxidants.  Chefs Secret: Blanching helpsContinue reading “Fresh Basil and Kale Pesto Zoodles”

Non-Dairy Hot Chocolate Chai 

Ahhhhh, comforting ! A nice warm cup of drinking chocolate with chai spice! Perfect for a cozy fall,  or winter evening!! Ingredients: 2 cups organic, vanilla almond milk, sweetened. (Or my nut milk recipe here- plus adding 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract – or, one vanilla bean-sliced open, and seeds removed into milk. And 2Continue reading “Non-Dairy Hot Chocolate Chai “

The Faux-Re-O! Homemade Vegan Oreo Cookies. Clean ! No additives, preservatives or shelve-stabilizers! 

Aside from the slightly bizarre flavors of the past few years, Kraft Foods – the parent to the Oreo, a Nabisco brand; has a dynasty into the worlds best tasting cookie!  A large corporate box chain foods  company–but, this means highly processed, refined food ingredients. Also, foods contain additives; that might not be so healthyContinue reading “The Faux-Re-O! Homemade Vegan Oreo Cookies. Clean ! No additives, preservatives or shelve-stabilizers! “

Thai Fried Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce and Warm Honey!

Two words- “Luscious Goodness” .  Ingredients: 6 bananas (yellow with a little green), the firmer the better. 1 cup rice flour (or all purpose flour) 1/4 cup tapioca starch (or organic corn starch) 1 cup shredded coconut 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 tbs. black sesame seeds, toasted 3/4 cupContinue reading “Thai Fried Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce and Warm Honey!”

Yay, Slow Cooking Season has Arrived! Try my Families Favorite, Slow Sunday Chicken Chile Verde!

There’s a bit of prep up front- but this makes the final flavors all worth the extra effort!  Ingredients: 2 lbs. tomatillos, husked (paper skins, removed) and cut in half 4 lg. poblano or anaheim peppers, cut in have seeds and stem removed 1-2 jalapeños, (depending on your spice preference) 4 garlic cloves peeled 2Continue reading “Yay, Slow Cooking Season has Arrived! Try my Families Favorite, Slow Sunday Chicken Chile Verde!”