Fresh Peach Ice Cream

I made this a few weeks back but have been too busy to post it.  I realized I better get it up before summer is officially over and we won’t be able to find delicious ripe peaches any more! Originally I made this recipe many years ago with my friend and web designer, Jacob.  We made it because I bought him the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Dessert Book for his birthday a few years earlier, plus I had just started working at the farmers’... Read More

Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad

This fresh summer salad was inspired by something I had at one of my favorite restaurants, Barbrix.  The original dish was made with green and yellow beans tossed in a light vinaigrette and topped with delicious grilled octopus.  While I don’t usually make octopus at home, their preparation of green beans really inspired me to work them back into my dietary routine.  So when I saw Chinese long beans at the market I knew just what to do with... Read More

The Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Cupcake

These may look like normal sugar and flour laden cupcakes, but they’re not, they’re healthy!  Besides being grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free and paleo, they are also a sneaky way of hiding zucchini in a dessert. I have tried many other recipes for paleo cupcakes before, but most called for strange ingredients or complicated procedures.  Even worse, most of them just ended up heavy, bitter or greasy and would stick... Read More

Super Simple Roasted Tomatoes and Okra

There are some foods that are friends, but I would call tomatoes and okra best friends. They grow in the same season, they have similar textures, they can be cooked at the same temperature, the are both easy to cook, and they taste great together! Longtime readers of the blog might remember my super simple okra and miso marinara from a back in 2009. The recipes are very similar in that both use less than 6 ingredients and are very quick to whip together.... Read More

Watermelon Margarita

If you are looking for the perfect summer cocktail to sip on this labor day, look no further. This has been a summer favorite since last year, when a friend made a big batch at a 4th of July party and exclaimed how simple they were to make!  Just three ingredients: frozen watermelon, lime juice, and tequila.  I knew I just had to try them for myself. If you use really sweet watermelon that is in season and just perfectly ripen, then you don’t... Read More

Green Zebra Gazpacho

The green zebra is an interesting variety.  They are grouped in with the other heirloom tomatoes but they are actually a hybrid of two different heirlooms.  Heirloom technically means that the seeds come from pure strains (in other words, they have not been crossed with another variety) so by crossing two heirlooms it actually yields a non-heirloom.  Does that make sense?  It doesn’t really matter anyhow, all you need to know is that these... Read More

Farmers’ Market Find: Yellow Watermelon!

Summer is a beautiful time at the market.  People come out of the woodwork for fresh produce like heirloom tomatoes, stone fruit, sweet corn, peppers, and the best watermelon you can get anywhere.  It is so sweet without being over-ripe or mealy, the difference is obvious when you compare side by side with the grocery store variety. The farmers i work for grow a very special variety, their large oval-shaped yellow watermelons!  Some of them get... Read More

Strawberry and Fig Galette with Tahini Honey Cream

I had never made a galette before, but spotted them all over the blogosphere.  They are beautiful and elegant, but look even easier to make then a double-crusted pie or a tart because they consist of a single pie crust with filling loosely piled in and the edges simply folded over.  When I had beautiful fresh figs just waiting to be used and some yummy local strawberries that paired with them well, I figured it was the perfect time to try out... Read More

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 is willing to sell you the less perfect ones at a discount.  At the markets I frequent in Los Angeles good... Read More

Lemon Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio

I get so excited when heirloom tomatoes come back in season that I quite audibly squeal.  I don’t know if it’s the short season (about 2 months if we’re lucky,) or the unique taste that can’t be found in conventional tomatoes, but they are the one veggie I dream about all year long. I consider the heirloom tomato to be the darling of the farmers’ market.  Out of all the produce that cycles through the market, it... Read More

Peach Caprese

While I love tomatoes, I’ve become spoiled by working for organic tomato farmers the past two summers.  Their tomatoes have the most amazing smooth and velvety texture with these incredibly unique flavors in each variety.  Most of them are heirlooms and I’ve learned those suckers absolutely will not grow outside of their very specific season (roughly May to mid-August).  If you find tomatoes at the farmers’ market other times... Read More

Bok Choy Coleslaw

The beginning of the grilling season has pulled us outdoors and commanded we try to grill anything we can.  But to go along with the charbroiled treats, I’ve been quite a fiend for coleslaws and tasty raw salads which clear the palate nicely.  I usually skip the mayo, using oil, lemon juice and honey for flavor instead. Because I sometimes find it tough to find the standard cabbage in the spring and summer, I have found myself searching... Read More

Rainier Cherry and Goat Cheese Tart – for Slack Lust

The wonderful people over at Slack Lust have featured a recipe of mine for their most recent issue!  Check out my recipe for Rainier Cherry and Goat Cheese Tart (otherwise known as “Tarty for the Party”) for their Real Housewives theme this month.  Read More

Lemon Curd with Brooks Cherries

I get nearly all my fruit from Sweet Tree Farms.  They sell next to my booth at the Silver Lake farmers’ market so we often trade veggies for fruits, and they have the most incredible stuff.  It’s all organic and in the summertime their stand it overflowing with all sorts of types of stone fruit: plums, cherries, pluots, apricots, peaches and nectarines! The first cherries of the season were big, plump and very sweet and apparently... Read More

Rustic Heirloom Tomato Salad

These tomatoes don’t need much to taste good.  Sometimes I just eat them on their own, but if you are new to heirlooms and need a simple idea for how to enjoy them, try this simple salad.  It features an easy honey dressing which cuts the sharp taste of some of the more acidic tomatoes, and subtly compliments the sweeter ones perfectly.  It’s lightly tossed with fresh basil, parsley and onion in a perfect summer concoction.   Rustic... Read More