Thursday, February 27, 2014
A gratin, by definition, is a dish covered with a crumb crust and baked in the oven, cheese is usually involved. I wanted that warming comfort food feeling that you get from cheese but without the dairy so I substituted the milk and cheese with a cashew sauce.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
It seems like a very long time since I've done a gardening post. There usually isn't much to post about in the winter months except for rain drops on leaves, however, this year things are different. Since Mother Nature decided to skip winter altogether in California and go directly to spring, so I've decided to start my spring planting as well.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Like most people this time of year, I've been eating simple low calorie meals, in reaction to the carb loaded diet I found myself eating in November and December. I made a big one pot meal of chili beans the other night adding a sweet potato and some kale. This is the first meal I felt inspired to blog about all month, I've mostly been making soup.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Soup is my coping mechanism for really cold winter days. We're just ending an extremely cold dry snap where the temperature went as low as 26˚ degrees at night. I know that may mean nothing to you, where you live, but this is the San Francisco Bay Area and I spent the last week scraping ice from my windshield, and my garden is a frozen mess. I made lots of soup.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This Apple Cranberry Pecan Tart is one of my contributions this year to the big family gathering that has become a Thanksgiving tradition. For the last few years we've all come together for a pot luck, to share our Thanksgiving favorites with four generations of family. Of course, there is the dish that I must make every year, it's a non negotiable, the candied yams. But I do always like to try a new dish or two if I can.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I also refer to this delicious sweet potato black bean quinoa pilaf as Halloween pilaf. The bright orange of the sweet potatoes mixed with the black beans and seasoned with sage "butter" make it the perfect Halloween dinner.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A few days ago my neighbor asked me if I wanted some apples, because she had so many on her tree that she and her family could eat them all. Well, of course, I said yes. I'm never going to turn down free fruit of any kind. She gave me a big bag of these beautiful apples, though, I'm not sure of the variety.