Gravenstein Apple Slab Pie

There is a local apple variety that is hitting the markets right now — the Gravenstein Apple. It’s juicy and fresh, with a delightfully balanced flavor. This early ripening apple is an old fashioned variety that does well in northern CA, with Sonoma County it’s epicenter of production. I attended the Gravenstein Apple Fair last…

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…

Spiced Cocktail Cherries

Luscious red cherries are a glorious fruit to pair with whiskey in house-crafted cocktails.  One of my favorites is the Manhattan, often garnished with a preserved cherry.  I wondered how I could make my own fresher version of this bar back staple, and capitalize on the beautiful sweet cherries currently in season. The Bing cherry…

Fresh Berry Butter Cake

Berries are beautiful — and make this quick, buttery cake the best.  This is a redo of one of my earlier recipes, scaled smaller optimized for berries.  I think it’s perfect for an afternoon treat. Fresh Berry  Butter Cake (makes one 8″ cake) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 5 oz (3/4 cup) granulated sugar…

Citrus Mint Smoothie

Here’s just the thing for a pick me up – a tangy, bright, fresh smoothie made with tangerine, spinach and mint. While I usually eat my greens and fruit, today was hectic and I wanted something to enjoy while on the go. Using my Vitamix, I blended some delightful baby spinach with whole tangerine, lime…

CSA Veggie box 2/2/18

If you’ve visited my site before, you’ll notice that I often include beautiful vegetables in my recipes from my weekly Full Belly Farm Community Supported Agriculture veggie box.  I’ve had a number of inquiries from friends and followers on how to best use the produce in my box — how I decide what to use…