Among other new projects, I’ve been playing with some photo editing software and wanted to share some early results. I have noticed lately a proliferation of inspiring new things, from a refresh on a long standing favorite magazine (welcome Amy Astley, new Editor-in-Chief to Arch Digest) to the replacement on Instagram of #avocadotoast with a blessed bevy of new snacks, to the unglamorous hotspot Sqirl (LA… & soon NY?), home of the best scone I have ever had, to decor […]
Categories: Renovation & Interior • Tags: Adobe, Colors, Food Art, Food Paintings, Food Photography, Fruit, Houzz, Inspiration, Interior Decor, Interior Design, Kitchen Decor, Paintings, Photoshop, Still-life, Vegetables
While briefly living in California, I was lucky enough to be invited out to the Clif Family Winery for a bikeride through Napa valley with a few of their team members, including Clif Family’s fantastic Executive Chef John McConnell. Before the ride, John prepared a wonderful breakfast for our small group including this eye opening brown rice porridge. I was out of my seat after one bite to ask him exactly how it’s made, and he generously shared the many […]
Categories: Breakfasts, Kitchen Tips, Oatmeals & Mueslis • Tags: Brown Rice Porriage, Brown Rice Pudding, Cream of Wheat, Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free Breakfast, Maple Syrup, No Refined Sugar, Oatmeal, Olive Oil, Refined Sugar Free, Rice Pudding, Sunflower Seeds, Sweet & Savory Cream of Wheat
These easy muffins are a nice departure from the typical sweeter ones I usually make – on the savorier side of the spectrum, but in this case by savory I mean a bit tangy, thanks to the lemon. The cornmeal adds a sturdy bite and the olive oil just enough richness. Be careful about the yogurt selection, as it can swing these into the too-tangy category! ‘Traditional’ (e.g. not Greek) plain yogurt does the trick. Enjoy these mid-week treats – […]
Categories: Baked, Breakfasts, Muffins & Quickbreads, Recipes • Tags: Breakfast Corn Muffins, Breakfast Muffins, Corn Muffin Recipe, Healthy Lemon Muffins, Healthy Olive Oil Muffins, Lemon Corn Muffins, Lemon Muffin Recipe, Lemon Olive Oil Muffin Recipe, Lemon Yogurt Muffins, Olive Oil Muffin Recipe, Tuscan Inspired Muffins
These homemade Snickers bars will delight one and all who tried them. They happen to be vegan. While the bars have no refined sugar, facing facts one must concede they are still rather indulgent. The bars will last up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge. The recipe is originally from the blog Livia’s Kitchen, and is by Livia’s Kitchen founder Olivia Wallenberg. I duplicated the recipe using a kitchen scale to help translate the original recipe, […]
Categories: Desserts, Recipes, Snacks • Tags: Dates, Homemade Snickers, Maple Syrup, Metric Conversion, Metric Conversion for Raw Vegan Snickers Bars, No Refined Sugar, No-Bake Bars, Raw Snickers, Raw Vegan Snickers, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan Snickers
With artichoke season here and the delicious if at times intimidating vegetable widely available, I wanted to share a highly adaptable (e.g. use what’s on hand) recipe for stuffed artichokes. The first thing to know is how to trim the leaves. When you first pick up a ‘choke, you’ll notice that each of the leaves comes to a sharp point (a thorn really) and because of their thick and layered nature seem tough to trim. But it’s actually really easy […]
Categories: Apps, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Sides, Snacks • Tags: Artichoke Recipe, Artichokes, BreadCrumbs, Cooking with Artichokes, Garlic, How-To Artichokes, Meyer Lemon, Preparing Artichokes, Prepping Artichokes, Steamed Artichokes, Stuffed Artichokes, Trimming Artichokes
Here’s a trick I thought of tangentially, when trying to come up with a good use for Kumquats – using Greek yogurt in place of custard in a tart. I’d been turning Kumquats over and over in my mind, wondering what to do with them. I’ve just learned that you can eat the skin and all of Kumquats, and they give a kick that leaves you satiated from both a sweet and sour perspective. Because they are pretty strong, just […]
These are by far the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. With a desire to pay tribe to their provenance, and to create a quick reference for myself, I am sharing them here. I first came across this recipe on Food52.com, however it is originally by a woman named Emily, of FiveandSpice.com / @fiveandspice. Emily explains that the inspiration to make these tacos came from the cookbook Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzzane Goin. When I looked into it, […]
This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks, L’Art de la Table by Gintare Marcel, who points out that these scones lend themselves really well to mix-ins. Her original version is Lavender Rosemary, which also sounds delicious, and is a great reminder that breakfast baked goods do not need to be overly sugary to be satisfying. I did make a flour substitution to the original recipe, swapping some all purpose flour for almond. These have a great fluffy […]
Categories: Baked, Breakfasts, Muffins & Quickbreads • Tags: Almond Flour Scones, Baking, Buttermilk Scones, Healthy Baking, Healthy Substitutions, Lemon Rosemary Scones, Lemon Scones, Scones, Special Breakfast
While briefly living in Northern California, I was lucky enough to visit a private ranch in Sonoma County where about an acres’s worth of grapes grow – enough to make several dozen cases of wine per year, with which among other things grown on-site provide bountiful country picnics with a tasting of several gold and silver winning varietals to life on a regular basis. When I got there for a late lunch on Saturday, a table on the deck was […]
Categories: Baked, Breakfasts, Pies, Gallettes & Tarts, Trips • Tags: Baking With Lemons, Candied Lemons, Cooking with Lemons, Lemons, Meyer Lemon, Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake, Olive Oil Cake, Sonoma County, Wine Country
I would never go so far as to say that an all-vegetable dish could actually fool a meat-lover, but there are some that I believe would wholly satisfy the most ardent of carnivores, and this is one of the few and far between. After searching high and low online, I finally just turned to a favorite Bolognese recipe that I first came across in the Epicurious bookazine Italy, which I reference regularly, and made educated adaptations. Including opting out of […]
Here’s something I learned this past December: in Victorian England, the end of Christmas celebrations actually fell on January 5th, or Twelfth Night, aka the last evening of the Christmas season. The celebration included a very specific cake, called everything from Twelfth Night Cake to Plum Cake. I would love to say that I picked up this bit of info due to a revisiting of Whistler’s works, a favorite artist who worked during the Victorian Era. Alas, the info was […]
If meatballs with tomato sauce aren’t a fun weeknight dinner, I don’t know what is. Thanks to fresh herbs and garlic, these turkey meatballs would be delicious as a stand-along anchor of a well rounded meal, accompanied by greens and potatoes – actually a more authentically Italian take than the Americanized version featuring tomato sauce. I’ll take one of each! These are light, quick to make and great for a crowd.
Categories: Dinner, Pastas, Proteins, Recipes • Tags: Basil, Dinner Solution, Fresh Herbs, Healthy Meatballs, Healthy Turkey Meatballs, Make Ahead, Make-Ahead Dinner, Oregano, Quick Dinner, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Turkey Meatballs, Weeknight Dinner, Weeknight Dinner Solution
Here’s a reliable skillet cornbread recipe makeover. It has olive oil instead of shortening, which gives a richness of flavor in addition to moisture. Use this for stuffing, or just eat it right out of the pan once adequately cooled!
Categories: Baked, Muffins & Quickbreads, Recipes • Tags: Cornbread, Healthy Cornbread Recipe, Healthy Holiday Baking, Healthy Makeover, Healthy Recipe, Healthy Skillet Cornbread, Holiday Baking, Recipe Makeover, Skillet Cornbread
On a crisp day this chili is just what the doctor ordered, in so many ways. It’s a great make ahead and pre-portioned servings freeze beautifully. This chili is meatless and can be a welcome respite from heavy cold-weather dishes, yet is still very satisfying.
Categories: Dinner, Lunch, Proteins, Soups • Tags: Black Bean Chili, Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili, Butternut Squash Chili, Chili, Healthy Chili, Healthy Chili Recipe, Healthy Dinner, Healthy Recipe, Leftovers, Make Ahead, Meatless Chili, Recipe, Vegetarian Chili