Strawberry Granola

Strawberries add such a sweet happy note to any morning. I created a new granola flavor featuring strawberries and vanilla for a touch of joy in my breakfast. Using powdered freeze dried strawberries in the granola mixture allows for a rich strawberry flavor, accented by the sweet note of vanilla. Together they taste like strawberries…

Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake

My daughter left her apartment in NYC and came back to California due to the Covid-19 shut down — I’m grateful that she is safe and with me for the moment!  One of the things she misses from her life on the east coast is a lemon poppy seed muffin made by a cafe next…

Cocoa Cherry Smoothie

What if your smoothie tasted so good that you’d gladly enjoy one for dessert . . . but it was actually loaded with superfood?  Well, wonder no more!  This smoothie is tastier than a slice of 1970s era Black Forest Cake, but will power you up with the goodness of cherries, cocoa, and chia.  I…

Corona Beans with Preserved Lemon and Rosemary

The mammoth Corona Bean is a splendid legume.  Smooth, white and impressively big dried beans cook up fat and pale beige after a soak and simmer.  I love these mighty beans as a cocktail nibble.  Perfect with a Negroni or glass of wine. I flavored mine with two garden grown items: salt-preserved meyer lemon and…

Broccoli Soup with Turmeric and Tahini

The broccoli in my market sat right next to fresh turmeric, and an idea for a delicious, creamy vegan soup sparked my imagination.   Building on a base of sautéed shallots, I tossed in the broccoli pieces, fresh turmeric slices, salt, fresh ground black pepper, and water.  After a quick simmer, I gave the soup a…

Golden Spice Chiffon Cake

The Golden Spice Chiffon Cake is the whole package:  deep, rich spice fragrance and beautiful golden color combine with feather light texture to take your taste buds on a magic carpet ride of flavor. I’ve been experimenting with light, fluffy cakes lately, primarily different sponge cake recipes.   However I gravitate to the chiffon cake*…