Sauce

Paleo Zucchini Hummus

I’m almost done with my first ever Whole30 and this paleo zucchini hummus has been one of my favorite recipes so far! It makes a delicious dip for fresh veggies or an excellent addition to a Mediterranean plate with seasoned lamb patties, olives and a tomato cucumber salad. While hummus is usually made with garbanzo […]

Paleo Zucchini Hummsu

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

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

carrot top gremolata

a while back, when i started taking home carrots with really beautiful greens, i had to think up ways to use them.  so i started with pesto, which was obviously delicious what with the toasted almonds and parmesan cheese i added, but then i went in search for something a little more healthy. i had […]

Parmesan Sunchoke Fries with Chimichurri Sauce

Once summer has officially wound down and the fall produce begins to roll into the farmers’ market, I fondly anticipate the sunchoke’s return.  Also known as a jerusalem artichoke, sunroot, or my favorite name, earth apple, this root veggie belongs to the sunflower family.  The roots grow all summer long while the flowers flourish up top, […]

Heirloom Marinara – The Good Stuff

I’ll let you know right off the bat that to make some seriously good marinara you need to start with some seriously delicious tomatoes.  I recommend buying organic heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market while they’re still in season.  Because they can be expensive I recommend finding a farmer that has great tasting tomatoes but […]

Carrot Top and Green Garlic Pesto

There are way too many misconceptions about vegetables out there that simply must be squashed.  Every week at the farmers’ market I cringe as people rip the tops off of their beets, carrots, turnips or radishes because, “these aren’t edible…right?”  Certain parts of veggies are perhaps more bitter than others, but that just means you need […]

Mixed Stone Fruit Salsa

We are at the very peak of stone fruit season.  Apricots have been around for a while, peaches are just now getting good, and cherries are the sweetest they can be right this very second!  For these few weeks of the year we can see nectarines, pluots, and apriums next to white, yellow and doughnut […]

Vegan White Pizza with Roasted Garlic Coconut Cream and Sun Dried Tomatoes

I love pizza in all its forms.  Sure it’s traditionally topped with red sauce and gooey strands of cheezy goodness, but it may get layered with pesto instead, or no sauce at all.  With this recipe I had the idea that rather than worrying about not only making a sauce but also a figuring out a cheese […]

Roasted Snap Peas and Green Beans with Vegan Caramelized Onion Gravy

I never much liked the traditional green bean casserole, with its soggy canned beans and overly creamy sauce.  Yet I could never help but mentally group it in the upper echelon of Thanksgiving foods.  It has somehow always seemed just as essential to the dinner table as stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, it was just a […]

Yam and Asian Pear Sauce

Last year I made Homemade Pumpkin Applesauce, a real Autumn favorite.  Packed with cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar, it was a decadent traditional treat made fresh with organic ingredients.  But i’m on a low sugar kick lately and wanted to make a much lighter version. Instead of brown sugar, I sweetened it with the fresh juice of fuji […]

Super Simple Okra and Miso Marinara over Soba Noodles

Last week at the farmers’ market a customer came up to my stand and told the woman I work for that her recipe for okra was amazing.  I love when I can get a recipe straight from the farmer’s mouth, so I had to get it for myself. The recipe as she told it was quite simply, […]

salty caramel dipping sauce

i remember fondly the trips to the grocery store when my mother let me get that ooey gooey caramel sauce they stack next to the apples in the produce section.  if you eat it on fruit it must be healthy…right?  not in the copious amounts i managed to wrap around a tiny wedge of apple. […]