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mulberries

Mulberry and Peach Crumble

This cobbler recipe was adapted from Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way, a cookbook that is a great resource for easy and quick entertaining.

Flageolet dip and arugula pesto

Flageolet Puree

I took this platter of veggies and dips to a BBQ recently, using jam jars for the dip holder — it made it easier to transport by fastening the tops to the jars. Side note: For those of you who have ever driven in Montecito, you would know why you have to secure your dip […]

valentines-cookies

Sugar Cookies with Whole Wheat Flour

For Valentine’s Day, I made these heart shaped sugar cookies for my daughter’s class. The cookies are made with wheat flour and a little less sugar than most sugar cookie recipes. They are tasty just the same and bake up chewy, yet crunchy on the outside. I used royal icing to decorate but they great plain.

Red Chicken Curry

Red Chicken Curry

I was inspired to make this easy version Red Chicken Curry…normally when I make curry’s I prepare it from scratch. This one ended up being an easy and excellent dinner at home for the family. I was able to prep everything in the afternoon while the girls were at school, so the actual cooking time pre-dinner was super quick. We have snow peas in the garden so I got to use up some of those, too.

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Cara Cara Navel Oranges

I wait all year for these amazing cara cara navel oranges to come in season. At Trader Joe’s this week I found flats of them.

carrot-cake

Healthy Carrot Cupcake with Cream Cheese and Agave Nectar Frosting

It is pretty simple. I adore carrot cake, carrot muffins, pretty much any baked good covered in yummy cream cheese frosting. Growing up, the birthday cake of choice for me and my sisters was almost exclusively- carrot cake. Looking back, I laugh about the contradictions and charm of my family. I am a native Newport […]

christmas-lima

Christmas Limas

Fresh shell beans are something that I do not grow myself but love to buy at the farmers market.

bb-soup

Broccoli and Bok Choy Soup

This creamy soup is rich and satisfying and is perfect for a brisk fall day! I was tempted to add ½ and ½ at the end of the recipe, but after I blended and tasted the soup I realized it wasn’t necessary.

pumpkin-bread

Pumpkin Bread

Nothing perfumes my kitchen more than a beautiful spiced pumpkin bread baking in the oven.  With fragrant cinnamon and ginger, this bread just feels like fall to me. Here is my twist on this seasonal bread that your whole family will love. I love to add coconut flakes and golden raisins which combine to give […]