Basic Bean Soup

Basic Bean Soup

That’s right – “BEAN SOUP”. Very simple by name but so very un-simple by taste. How can such a humble ingredient, like dried beans, become a crave-worthy, mouthwatering meal? Well let me share a few tips that make dried beans something you’ll want to put 

Tomato Corn Cob Chowder

Tomato Corn Cob Chowder

Tomato Corn Cob Chowder — really?! Y-E-S!! Here’s the thing – being both a foodie and a gardener compels me to find ways to use every bit of my garden in the kitchen. Gardening is HARD work with little reward and my greatest reward is 

Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Grilled Baby Bok Choy

This simple recipe for grilled baby bok choy is just too good and too easy not to share!

Spicy Baked Queso Fresco & Veggies

Spicy Baked Queso Fresco & Veggies

I love one pot meals – they’re pretty much my mealtime life raft! Yes – sometimes dinnertime feels like a life and death issue in my household! That’s what makes the current viral baked feta trend so amazing, everything comes together in one baking dish 

Grilled Cedar Plank Steelhead Trout

Grilled Cedar Plank Steelhead Trout

The flavors of this grilled steelhead trout are fresh and complex, thanks to the lemons, shallots, fennel and the cedar plank.

Fresh Pinto Bean Soup

Fresh Pinto Bean Soup

Have you ever cooked with freshly picked pinto beans? I got the opportunity for the first time last week and wasn’t exactly sure what to do with them. But this Fresh Pinto Bean Soup turned out so perfectly delicious — it was as if I’d 

Candied Cranberries

Candied Cranberries

Fresh cranberries are filling the shelves of the local grocery store – but exactly what should you be doing with them?? And why?? Well, cranberries are a wonderful addition to cakes, breads, stuffing and sides – but my favorite way to use fresh cranberries?? Candied 

Fresh 7-Herb Pesto

Fresh 7-Herb Pesto

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 

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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!

Mid-Summer Garden Roasted Salsa

Mid-Summer Garden Roasted Salsa

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.

Brown Sugar Glazed Sheet Pan Carrots

Brown Sugar Glazed Sheet Pan Carrots

Sweet and tender, with a whisper of heat from the chiles and flavor support from the sweet onions and earthy fresh herbs. Ahhh – all the flavors that make summer gardens worth the trouble!

I’m back!

I’m back!

Whew – the holidays hit and life has been a blur ever since! I’ve gotten so far behind that I am tempted to got sit in a dark corner and stare at a wall until spring. But that’s not an option so I’ll just tell