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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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Pear Guide for Shopping Locally

Post sponsored by California Pears. See below for more details. Whenever someone finds out that I’m a California transplant because of my husband’s job, I always seem to field the same question: do I like it here? My answer is always the same. I love it and I couldn’t have asked for a better place [...]

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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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Pear Guide for Shopping Locally

Post sponsored by California Pears. See below for more details. Whenever someone finds out that I’m a California transplant because of my husband’s job, I always seem to field the same question: do I like it here? My answer is always the same. I love it and I couldn’t have asked for a better place [...]

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Pecan Tomatillo Soup

Hang tight with me on this recipe. This is one of those recipes that I push flavors just slightly and it won’t be for everyone. I love tomatillos. They have a punchy, tart flavor that I’ve tried to balance with the sweet, warm flavor of pecans. I really love making nut and seed creams for [...]

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Oat Crisp with Burst Tomato Arugula Salad

Post sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. See below for more details. Every summer, I have a familiar pattern. I think the summer is going to be slow, with lots of reading and beach time but by early June, I realize summer is going to fly. I schedule jobs, trips, and BBQs. Before I know it, [...]

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Romesco Toast with Fried Egg

For years, my breakfast routine consisted of two items: coffee and oatmeal. I ate oatmeal nearly every day and after time, I became bored. I like routine but I also crave a bit of change. I found my cravings tended towards savory. And so, toast became my norm. This romesco toast is about as close [...]

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Za’atar Spiced Pecans and Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Post sponsored by The American Pecan Council. See below for more details. I am a morning person. I think there is nothing better than getting up early, making a cup of coffee, and enjoying the cool morning air. It’s my best time of day. It stands to reason, then, that I also love breakfast. This [...]

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Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta

I am a midwesterner through and through. I love my adopted home state of California but a piece of me will always be in Illinois. I still occasionally long for those slow summer days at my parent’s house on a the lake or those mornings waking up to snow on the ground. I miss the [...]

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Za’atar Tomatoes with Sweet Corn Bread

I love cornbread. I’ve stated this before and it’s fairly apparent in that I’ve used cornbread in salads and in pancake/waffle form. Cornmeal is always in my pantry and during chili making months, there’s usually a piece with a slab of butter near by. This recipe is a bit of a mash-up with summer flavors. [...]

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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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The Future of Food in a Climate Changing World

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of spending a few days with more than 200 leading researchers, advocates and farmer leaders talking about the connections between food and climate change and what we should do about it. I helped to capture some of the voices you can see in this short film. There was…

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Za’atar Spiced Pecans and Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Post sponsored by The American Pecan Council. See below for more details. I am a morning person. I think there is nothing better than getting up early, making a cup of coffee, and enjoying the cool morning air. It’s my best time of day. It stands to reason, then, that I also love breakfast. This [...]

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Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta

I am a midwesterner through and through. I love my adopted home state of California but a piece of me will always be in Illinois. I still occasionally long for those slow summer days at my parent’s house on a the lake or those mornings waking up to snow on the ground. I miss the [...]

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Za’atar Tomatoes with Sweet Corn Bread

I love cornbread. I’ve stated this before and it’s fairly apparent in that I’ve used cornbread in salads and in pancake/waffle form. Cornmeal is always in my pantry and during chili making months, there’s usually a piece with a slab of butter near by. This recipe is a bit of a mash-up with summer flavors. [...]

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Chilled Cucumber and California Avocado Soup

Post sponsored by California Avocado. See below for more details. Until I moved to California, summer months focused on two ingredients: sweet corn and tomatoes. When I moved to California, I learned that July is peak season for California avocados. I had no idea because in Illinois, avocados are not a local crop! Creamy, fresh [...]

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Multigrain Pilaf with Quinoa, Millet, and Teff | Cooking Component

Have you ever watched a toddler try to eat whole grains? Or better put, cleaned 90% of those grains from the floor? This is, essentially, how I came to this component. I typically toss my son’s grains with a bit of sauce to make them stick together but I wanted a mixture that was the [...]

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Kohlrabi Fritters with Garlic Herb Cashew Cream Sauce

I have a weakness for vegetable cakes and fritters. I’ve always loved a little fried cauliflower when I’m out having a drink but obviously, it’s an occasional treat. However, fritters are a great in-between. The vegetable are still front and center but the light pan fry provides a perfectly crisp outside. I could eat almost [...]

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Coconut Turmeric Quinoa with Kale

When I make a recipe, I try hard to limit the amount of pots and pans I use. I am not a fan of doing dishes and any recipe that uses more than two, I’m usually out (unless I really want the meal!) This is why I love risotto and risotto-like meals so much and [...]

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Black Bean Tacos with California Avocado-Sweet Corn Salad

Post sponsored by California Avocado. See below for more details. I’m squeezing in one last avocado recipe into June since it is still California Avocado month! This works out especially well because with temperatures well over 100˚F for the past week, I’m making more items that are fresh and require little cooking. Enter these tacos [...]

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Bean Bake with Greens and Turnips

My first experience with turnips didn’t come until I joined the CSA. In fact, it was my first day on the farm and I was sent home with gorgeous Hakurei turnips. Of course, these were only one variety of turnips but over the years, I’ve experimented with most. Each turnip has a lovely, fairly mellow [...]

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Halloumi Burrito Bowl with Roasted Potatoes and Guacamole

I find that most of the best recipes I create are sheer happenstance, a coming together of odds and ends in my kitchen. A few weeks back, I whipped together some of these halloumi bowls with leftover potatoes from the breakfast enchiladas, the last lonely avocado in the refrigerator, and the halloumi I’d been hoarding [...]

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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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