Saturday, April 5, 2014

Italian Bean and Pasta Soup



We're actually getting some winter rains here in California, so I've switched our dinners back from salads to soups.  When it's raining, soup is my preferred dinner.  This Italian pasta e fagioli (fah-zhool) is a creamy blended version of the more traditional chunky vegetarian soup.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Multigrain Irish Soda Bread


I love to learn about the history of food so when I decided to make some soda bread, I went looking for it's origins and a traditional recipe.  Soda bread, as it quickly became apparent, was not invented by the Irish.  Using soda as a leavening agent in bread was most likely originated with the American Indians.  They used pearl ash, also known as potash, from wood ash to leaven their breads.  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cauliflower & Kale Gratin


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

Spring Garden 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

Cincinnati Style Vegetable Chili


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

Sweet Potato Coconut Dhal Soup



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

Apple Cranberry Pecan Tart


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.