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Smoky Beans and Polenta

I grew up actively avoiding baked beans. They were almost always at any family get-together but I was an avid bean hater (which is funny given how much I love them now). While I still don’t really eat baked beans, I love the idea behind them. Warm, smoky beans paired with salty bacon- it’s hard [...]

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Pecan Roasted Beet Dip with Sage

Post sponsored by The American Pecan Council. See below for more details. Over the years, beets have become my go-to item to take to picnics and potlucks. I realize that might sound surprising but my goal is to make something with beets that everyone loves (even people who don’t get excited about beets). My first [...]

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21 Weeknight Vegetarian Dinners

With kids starting back to school and life falling into a new normal, dinners often rushed (or on the road). I grew up in a family where both my parents worked until 5 and I often had after school activities. Dinners were never our strong area. Now that I have a child of my own, [...]

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Spiced Summer Squash Salad with Chickpeas

In the summer months, summer squash plays second fiddle to their zucchini cousin. It’s zucchini this and zucchini that but in reality, summer squash is just as good (and versatile in cooking!) One of my favorite summer recipes is this squash soup but the pesto bruschetta is a close second. This spiced squash salad is [...]

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Herbed Zucchini Summer Rolls

I love cooked zucchini when done well. Grill it, roast it, or sauté it- there’s so many options. However, I often forget how great zucchini is raw, especially with herbs in a fresh summer recipe. These zucchini summer rolls really show this well. The zucchini is left in strips that are tossed in a wonderful [...]

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Black Lentil Enchiladas with Zucchini

Post sponsored by nuts.com. See below for more details. In wrapping up my three-series post highlighting black lentils with nuts.com, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes. It’s fairly obvious that I love making enchiladas but I just find something magical in a delicious filling nestled in a fresh corn tortilla and topped [...]

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Tomato Chutney Omelette

The slow decent into fall has started in our home. There’s been a couple nights with the windows wide open (a welcome relief), school is back in session, and my itch to can is in full-force. In the past few weeks I’ve managed a few different pear items and pickles. Up next: tomatoes. This tomato [...]

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Sweet Corn Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes and Avocado

Post sponsored by California Avocado. See below for more details. Even though we don’t have any little guys in school, Mack’s schedule is such that it feels like he is in school. I pick him up from care at 3:30 and from there it’s a long slide into dinner. He’s in the kitchen “helping” me [...]

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Chimichurri | Cooking Component

We are a sauce family. It’s one of the food items my husband is most opinionated about. He’s usually a sport with most things I make but his top complaint is when something doesn’t contain a sauce. Because of this, sauces make up a large portion of my component list. Like this chimichurri verde, most [...]

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Green Summer Salad with Herby Hemp Dressing

Late summer/early fall is my favorite time for salads. It really is the best of both seasons. You have the fresh summer produce like cucumbers and tomatoes but the weather is cool enough that the crisp, fall greens are able to grow. This time, into the end of October, is peak salad time. This particular [...]

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Creamed Corn Barley

Creamed corn is one of those items that I always look fondly upon from my childhood. I can really only relate it to the holidays, specifically my family’s ‘recipe’ for corn casserole. Nevertheless, the idea of creamed corn makes me happy; just not from a can. Also, at least for this recipe, there’s no cream [...]

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Summer Vegetable Pasta with Chickpeas

While some of my recipes stem from wonderful restaurant dishes, others are created out of disappointment. Take for example this vegetable pasta dish. I had gone to a favorite restaurant of mine, ordered their seasonal veg-friendly pasta, and received one of the most disappointing meals I’ve had in some time. The ratio of pasta to [...]

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Tomato Corona Bean Salad

It is rare that my lunch is a something I’ve made before. Lunch is my time to throw together whatever bits and pieces are around. Sometimes these combinations are not good but other times, they turn into delicious meals that I end up sharing here. This tomato bean salad is a perfect example. I made [...]

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Fig Jam Flatbread with Roasted Garlic

One of the reasons I like eating out is to explore ideas I would have never thought to make myself. I think this has been one of the exciting things about living in Sacramento- there are a ton of good restaurants. On one of our outings, we stumbled upon a pizza joint that was a [...]

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Black Lentil Enchiladas with Zucchini

Post sponsored by nuts.com. See below for more details. In wrapping up my three-series post highlighting black lentils with nuts.com, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes. It’s fairly obvious that I love making enchiladas but I just find something magical in a delicious filling nestled in a fresh corn tortilla and topped [...]

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Tomato Chutney Omelette

The slow decent into fall has started in our home. There’s been a couple nights with the windows wide open (a welcome relief), school is back in session, and my itch to can is in full-force. In the past few weeks I’ve managed a few different pear items and pickles. Up next: tomatoes. This tomato [...]

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Sweet Corn Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes and Avocado

Post sponsored by California Avocado. See below for more details. Even though we don’t have any little guys in school, Mack’s schedule is such that it feels like he is in school. I pick him up from care at 3:30 and from there it’s a long slide into dinner. He’s in the kitchen “helping” me [...]

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Chimichurri | Cooking Component

We are a sauce family. It’s one of the food items my husband is most opinionated about. He’s usually a sport with most things I make but his top complaint is when something doesn’t contain a sauce. Because of this, sauces make up a large portion of my component list. Like this chimichurri verde, most [...]

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Green Bean Curry

In the realm of curries, it is hard to pick my favorite. There are so many different flavors that one could highlight through fresh herbs and spices. One of my go-to sauces in the past year has been this green curry sauce. It’s a loose riff on Thai green curry. Traditionally, green curry that comes [...]

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Pear Cooking Guide

Post sponsored by California Pears. See below for more details. With pear season in California off to a good start, I thought I would share with you a bit about using pears. One of the things that makes me excited about pears right now is the overlap with summer produce, especially fruit. Pairing fresh pears [...]

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The New Food Activism

New book with contributions from Real Food Media staff and partners The just-released book includes a chapter authored by Real Food Media team member Tanya Kerssen on land access and a chapter by Joann Lo from our partner Food Chain Workers Alliance on food worker organizing. Check it out! The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation,…

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Creamed Corn Barley

Creamed corn is one of those items that I always look fondly upon from my childhood. I can really only relate it to the holidays, specifically my family’s ‘recipe’ for corn casserole. Nevertheless, the idea of creamed corn makes me happy; just not from a can. Also, at least for this recipe, there’s no cream [...]

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Summer Vegetable Pasta with Chickpeas

While some of my recipes stem from wonderful restaurant dishes, others are created out of disappointment. Take for example this vegetable pasta dish. I had gone to a favorite restaurant of mine, ordered their seasonal veg-friendly pasta, and received one of the most disappointing meals I’ve had in some time. The ratio of pasta to [...]

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Tomato Corona Bean Salad

It is rare that my lunch is a something I’ve made before. Lunch is my time to throw together whatever bits and pieces are around. Sometimes these combinations are not good but other times, they turn into delicious meals that I end up sharing here. This tomato bean salad is a perfect example. I made [...]

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Fig Jam Flatbread with Roasted Garlic

One of the reasons I like eating out is to explore ideas I would have never thought to make myself. I think this has been one of the exciting things about living in Sacramento- there are a ton of good restaurants. On one of our outings, we stumbled upon a pizza joint that was a [...]

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Multigrain Dutch Baby with Fresh Peaches

I find during the summer months, my summer mornings tend to be slow. I sleep in when I can, I drink an extra bit of coffee, and more often than not, I’m still lounging past 9am. These days call for a perfect weekend breakfast and this multigrain dutch baby is frequently on our table. I [...]

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Romesco Sauce | Component Cooking

Of all the components I’ve shared so far, this romesco sauce recipe is my favorite. It’s an easy sauce/spread that’s made from a few simple ingredients, primarily roasted red peppers. If it’s summer, I recommend making your own roasted red peppers but during the cooler months, jarred roasted red peppers sustain me. Romesco’s smokey flavor [...]

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Zucchini Sweet Corn Hash Egg Skillet

I like to think that during the summer season, I am more creative with my cooking. All the ripe produce is beautiful and there’s so much to choose at the markets. Truth is, I’m actually a tad bit lazier. I find myself making meals with all the odds and ends. Those meals are also usually [...]

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Za’atar Roasted Tomato Salad with Black Lentils

Post sponsored by nuts.com. See below for more details. I have a fairly simple equation to my salad making that I follow most of the time. It is typically along the lines of greens + vegetable + legumes+ nuts/seeds. That’s it, that forms the base for salads. From there I’ll switch flavors, dressings, and add [...]

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Pesto Zucchini Lasagna

I’ve found one of the best things about having a toddler is the random things they say. More often than not, Mack is making up something silly or playing pretend. One of his more recent pretend play has involved food. He pretends to ‘pick’ food and it’s anything from broccoli to chocolate ice cream. I’ve [...]

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The idea behind the diet is to replace two daily meals with jars of homemade pureed baby food or store bought jars. The third meal of the day is to remain low calorie and small. The daily calorie restrictions are said to be 600 calories or less. The diet is not meant to be on for months at a time, rather 7 days maximum. The purpose is to rid your body of toxins and cravings of unhealthy foods.

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