Christmas

Homemade Butter

If you have never had homemade butter then you are in for a real treat.  Homemade butter is softer, sweeter, moister and downright tastier than its store bought counterparts.  Plus you can control exactly how much salt you add, and it’s an added bonus that people will be very impressed that you made your own butter. […]

Homemade Butter, DIY, make it yourself

Chicken Liver Pâté

My farmers’ market source for pasture-raised chicken products is La Bahn Ranch.  Typically I get a few dozen eggs and a whole chicken, but being such a fan of liver pâté I’ve been dying to try it out.  Thanksgiving proved to be the perfect excuse so I finally took the plunge and bought a pound of chicken livers […]

Chicken Liver Pate

Brussel Sprouts, Bacon and Coconut

This is the kind of side I would make for a simple weeknight meal or as part of a special dinner party.  It’s simple and easy to make yet has great texture and developed flavors. Bacon goes so well with most green vegetables and I also love the pairing of coconut and brussel sprouts.  If […]

Brussel Sprouts, Coconut and Bacon

Butternut Squash Butter

Due to some unforeseen technical difficulties I had with the blog the past few weeks, I didn’t get a chance to post the rest of my recipes from Pivot’s December Food Demo.  They are all holiday recipes that work well throughout the winter, so I will be burning through these recipes in the next few […]

Butternut Squash Butter

Cranberry Persimmon Chutney

I recently took a short trip up to Solvang for the weekend and found it just lovely.  They have an abundance of good food and wine for such a small town, and one of my favorite places was Succulent Cafe & Trading Company.  We went there for dinner the first night and liked it so […]

Guava Jelly

I found this recipe from last year and can’t believe I never posted it.  I made it as part of my Christmas gifts and everyone who tried it loved it, so it must have been the flurry of the holidays that distracted me from getting it up here.  There is no better time than now […]

Guava Jelly

Christmas Cinnamon Buns

I was away for the holidays, celebrating in the Boston area with my boyfriend and his family.  I worked up quite a few recipes that are currently on deck to be posted, but since it’s been a busy week back at work and school I’ll appease you for now with these drool-worthy cinnamon buns I made on […]

Brown Sugar and Black Tea Roll-out Cookies

I don’t usually make roll-out cookies because, well, they as just so plain.  But I’ve been seeing so many fun-shaped cookies around the blogs that I started itching to make a batch myself, especially when I was inspired by Smitten Kitchen‘s Nutmeg Maple Butter Cookies.  So I raided my cupboards to find the dregs of a bag of brown […]

Orangettes

The idea of candying an orange peel had always intimidated me.  I thought it would take too long or that I would need a candy thermometer, which I for some reason have neglected to buy all these years.  At worst I feared it would end up a huge disaster involving burnt peels and hard candy stuck to the […]

Maple Cookies with Marmalade Glaze

My kitchen activities have been adapting to the cold and windy days lately.  I’ve been making weekly pots of stew, roasting nearly every veggie I eat, sprinkling cinnamon and maple syrup in most dishes, and preserving the glut of citrus I’ve happened upon in the form of marmalades and candied peels.  It takes a bit […]

Vegan Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cardamom Infused Frosting

This recipe started as a far cry from what it ended up as.  It began with a gingerbread persimmon upside-down cake that was a true disaster.  All the persimmons stuck to the pan, the cake wasn’t sweet or moist enough, and most of all it had no chocolate!  But 4 or 5 tries later and […]

Raw Buckwheat Hot Chocolate

You’re probably asking yourself how it can be both raw and hot at the same time?  Without actually cooking, if blended on high for a few minutes anything will warm up.  It’s a tip often used by raw foodists to make raw soups or beverages more appetizing. After a few minutes of blending the combination […]

Vegan Cookie-Crusted Sweet Potatoes

I got a bit caught up, as is expected of foodies on the most culinary-centric day of the year, and I didn’t find the time to post this recipe.  But luckily, these would be great for christmas too, any time of the year really! The topic of sweet potatoes vs. yams has come up many times […]

cinnamon swirl bread

i first learned how to make my own bread when i worked in an italian restaurant in portland.  i would make pizza dough fresh every morning so it had plenty of time to rise before we topped it with sauce, cheese, and toppings and popped it in the oven for lunch time. sure it takes […]

christmas cookies: ginger snaps

we are in the holiday home stretch!  and while christmas baking it truly meant for, well, christmas, it can be liberally extended to new year’s day ( just like keeping your tree up).  so get all of those purely-decadent-and-much-too-sweet-for-the-rest-of-the-year recipes in now while you still can! here at sweet beet & green bean i’ve been […]