Veggie Muffuletta

We had one of those rare rainy days here in sunny southern California the other day. It rained all day so there were no outdoor activities and my grandchildren weren’t feeling well so they stayed home. I didn’t have anyone to play with except my dog Leo but even he was curled up in a ball with his nose under his paw. There was nothing for it but to make a cup of tea and sit down with a good book. The book I was reading was set in New...

 

Crispy Fried Rice

I’m a horrible procrastinator.  I’ll plan out what recipes I want to make for the week, buy all the necessary items and by the end of the week I’m left with a bunch of produce that is about to go bad because I didn’t make any of the things I planned.  That’s usually when I throw everything into a big pot, call it soup and serve it for dinner. Weeks ago, at a little store in downtown Oceanside called Cream Of The Crop,...

 
Kale and Kamut Salad

Kale and Kamut Salad

Meet my current obsession and daily lunch and dinner for the past week.  I love everything about this salad.  The sweet butternut squash, the sautéed kale, the chewy Kamut and the toasted pine nuts.  YUM!  You NEED to make this salad.  First make the Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce (also completely yummy!) and with the squash that you have leftover you already have half your salad ready to go! If you’ve never had Kamut before I highly...

 

Polenta Topped Bean Casserole

I guess with the cooler temperatures we have all been looking for some heartier meals lately. My son in law Cliff especially has been requesting some real ‘stick to your ribs’ kind of dinners. Given Cliff’s limited vegetable tolerance it has been a challenge to come up with recipes that fulfill the hearty factor and taste good too. This is one that got his approval. If you have someone in your life that is a little hard to please...

 
Asian Corn Fritters

Asian Corn Fritters

I’ve been having some weird and unusual cravings the last few weeks (I’m not pregnant, just weird!). One of my cravings has been for Asian inspired food.  Specifically pot stickers!  Now these corn fritters don’t taste anything like pot stickers but the dipping sauce that is usually served with potstickers is infused in these fritters and the Asian flavors definitely come through. I didn’t get a chance to serve these to...

 

Potato and Leek Soup

The first time I had potato soup was back in ancient days, 9th grade, and I was trying to impress my boyfriend with my cooking skills. I offered to make him lunch and asked what he would like. He said potato soup. Oh no, now what was I going to do? I had never had potato soup. He opened a cupboard and took out a can of good ole Campbell’s soup. Saved…I thought. I opened the can, added milk and heated it up. I tasted it before serving...

 

Cheesy Taco Bake

There are weeks when I seriously can’t come up with a new recipe to save my life.  My creative juices have run dry.  Those are the weeks when dinner is a bowl of cereal or toast with peanut butter.  You think I’m joking, but I’m not! This last week I was banging out the recipes.  It was a Mom of the year moment!  My family LOVED this cheesy taco bake.  Even my EXTREMELY picky daughter ate this right up.  And if a round of...

 

Fettuccine with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Can there be too many pumpkin recipes? I don’t think so. This pumpkin cream sauce is one of my favorites. Oh, who am I kidding? Pumpkin recipes are like children. How can I have a favorite? I love them all. Anyway, this one is really good, creamy and delicious with savory herbs to make you sniff in appreciation before you even taste a bite. Don’t stop at putting in on pasta. It’s great on roasted vegetables or mixed in with quinoa...

 
Snickerdoodle Truffles

Snickerdoodle Truffles

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies.  I actually like them better than chocolate chip!  I’ve tried countless ways to make a healthy snickerdoodle and never was able to come up with a winner.  Considering that snickerdoodles are mostly sugared butter that is baked into a puffy cookie I pretty much have zero hope of finding a vegan snickerdoodle that I can eat.  That’s when my brilliant hubby suggested that I make a snickerdoodle...

 

Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce

As much as I love Mexican food, photographing it is a big ‘ole pain in the you know what!  Refried beans - YUM!  Photographed - big pile of poo.  These enchiladas - FREAKING YUMMY!  Photographed - not my best shot.  Don’t let the picture fool you, these are the best enchiladas I’ve ever had!  I binged on these for a week after I first made them.  They freeze really well too.  When freezing them add...