Snack

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

Paleo Chocolate Bark

Dark chocolate is one of the best paleo ingredients, it makes everything taste better.  It seems you can really pantry dive or raid the fridge for whatever ingredients you have on hand and as long as you have chocolate to hold them all together, you’re good.  So this recipe is really just a jumping off […]

Paleo Chocolate Bark

Natural Coconut Cacao Truffles

This recipe originally started as these very simple coconut bars, but I can rarely resist the chance to add chocolate to a dessert.  Especially fresh cacao nibs, which are the purest and least processed form of chocolate there is.   To sweeten I used dates, which makes them even more wholesome and compliments the flavors really […]

Natural Coconut Cacao Truffles

Molasses Longan Granola

I love to use molasses because it is one of the healthier sweeteners.  A byproduct of making refined sugar, it contains concentrated nutrients from sugarcane such as Iron, Manganese, Copper, Magnesium and Potassium.  The molasses pairs wonderfully with the longan, which is an asian fruit and a Chinese herb that is very good at calming […]

Savory Hand Pies – with Leek, Apple and Sheep’s Cheese

I’ve been wanting to make a pie lately, perhaps in the spirit of Thanksgiving.  But I’ve been craving the savory variety and wanting them small enough to be hand-held.  I had two large leeks I knew I wanted to use and my instinct was to mix them with some type of strongly flavored cheese, which ended up […]

Stuffed Mushrooms – with Pesto, Farmer’s Cheese and Broccoli

Stuffed mushrooms are such a simple thing, yet strangely enough I don’t think I have ever made them myself.  I have enjoyed other people’s versions, with spinach and garlic, brown rice or bread crumbs, stuffed with goat cheese, cheddar, or gruyere.  There are so many ways they can be served it’s hard to go wrong! I scored a […]

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, […]

Fried Okra with Aleppo Pepper

I tried my hand at cooking okra two summers ago with great success when I made this Super Simple Okra and Miso Marinara over Soba Noodles.  But I kept hearing that fried okra is one of the tastiest ways to prepare this veggie, which often gets a bad rap for being slimy and strange, but it doesn’t have to […]

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 […]

sweet and salty seedy nut bars

sometimes inspiration will carry me to the kitchen to bake something, but when i open the cupboards the ingredients are dismal.  i wanted to make granola bars but as i eyed the most discouraging amount of oats i had ever encountered, i thought it might not happen.  just then i spied small amounts of different […]

Sunchokes Roasted with Lavender and Garlic

Sunchokes. also known as Jerusalem Artichokes, are the root vegetable of a plant similar to a sunflower.  They look like and are often confused for fresh ginger root, but are more like an earthy-flavored potato.  They are probably associated with artichokes because of their earthy, subtle artichoke-like flavor and creamy, buttery texture. I love to roast […]

toasted sesame sticks

my latest vice is oriental snack mixes.  i could eat a whole bag in one sitting, what with the crispy rice crackers, wasabi peas and – my favorite – the toasty tasting sesame sticks.  i love the stuff so much i decided to try my hand at making them myself. and it’s easier then i […]

Sesame-Fried Shishito Peppers

Like the daikon radish or momotaro tomatoes, shishito peppers are special japanese treats that, lucky for us, are easily grown in California.  And lucky for me, the local japanese family farm I work for carries them. Most of these miniature peppers are very mild, almost like a bell pepper with just the tiniest bite of spice that is not at all […]

raw maple flax granola

my dad bought a dehydrator many years back, probably after being convinced by an infomercial that making his own jerky would change his life.  but several years later it ended up sitting in the cabinet unused, along side the super slicer and turbo cooker.  being that i was in the market for a good dehydrator […]

herb and corn meal onion rings

i appreciate a good onion ring when i taste one, but it’s hard to find a place that doesn’t fry them up in the same oil they cook the chicken fingers in.  similarly, the heavy all-flour batter typically used is way too thick, requiring a longer cooking, which results in an over-cooked onion inside. i […]