Several years ago, David and I stumbled upon, what has since become one of my all-time favorite restaurants :: Lama Beans Cafe in Berkeley, CA. We picked this spot because online reviews raved about this little local gem – high quality, delicious local food that’s …
I love olives – all types : green, black, purple – brined or packed in oil – pitted or with pits. I love them. I love them so much that I wanted to make them the star of my graze board rather than an accessory quietly tucked into a corner. That’s where these ‘Easy Extra’ recipe comes in to play!
These candied nuts come together in about 5 minutes! The sugary, spiced candy coating has just the right amount of salt and those herbs put the recipe over-the-top. So, so crave-able!
According to the calendar, we’re nearing the end of summer – and my veggie garden knows it. Tomatoes have almost disappeared, squash left me weeks ago, eggplant is out of production and I’ve used up all my carrots, radishes and onions. But my chard and herbs are partying like it’s 1999.Continue reading Fresh 7-Herb Pesto
I’m pretty sure brownies are the world’s most perfect dessert! And this chocolate orange version is my new favorite way to enjoy them. I’ve got one simple trick that’s certain to maximize the orange flavor – and my guess is it involves something you normally throw away!
There’s something about the combination of feta and sun-dried tomatoes that makes this simple stuffed mushroom recipe so very delicious. And that white wine + cream? As it bakes, the flavors of the dip and parmesan and mushrooms spin around and create the most glorious, creamy sauce.
One of the perks that comes along with being a food writer and instructor is that when it comes to my birthday, I can turn my most favorite flavors into my very own birthday cake. Brown Butter Sheet Cake with Fluffy Milk Chocolate Buttercream – it’s my dream cake.Continue reading Brown Butter Sheet Cake with Fluffy Milk Chocolate Buttercream
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus – homemade roasted red peppers, canned garbanzo beans and a few tips promise to make the creamiest, most delicious hummus you’ve ever tasted!
This is the salsa that satisfies my gardening spirit and my tastebuds! The subtle flavors of mint and parsley add an unexpected but strangely logical flavor to this salsa – kindly identifying themselves as mid-summer garden troopers. All the while, the roasted, caramelized veggies and the heat from those few hot peppers bring comfort to my deep cravings for salsa.
It’s mid-July and that means it’s time for some summer harvest bragging. While many things are withering and shriveling my carrots, onions and herbs are showing off. And what better way to enjoy this produce than a simple sheet pan glazed carrot recipe?Continue reading Brown Sugar Glazed Sheet Pan Carrots
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler – the perfect summer sweet!
I LOVE a good melty, cheesy grilled cheese sandwich. But, it honestly never fails. I burn at least 1 side of EVERY single grilled cheese sandwich I make. No matter how hard I try – the pan gets hotter faster than I expect and once I flip it over – BOOM! black as a piece of coal (and similar tasting too).
That’s why I think this sheet pan method is so.very.spectacular. Once you see how easy and *burn-proof* this method of grilled cheese making is, this will be your go-to sandwich-making method for sure.