Carrot Salad with Lavender & Thyme

My CSA box* often includes carrots — and last week they were special.  Deep, rich purple on the outside with a bright orange core, these beauties deserved a starring role. Their flavor profile is a little duskier than a bright orange carrot, and so I paired them with the lovely lavender and thyme growing in…

Chicken thighs braised with tomatoes and herbes de Provence

Savory, rich, and full flavored chicken thighs simmered with a few key ingredients — just what I wanted on a rainy evening. Fresh garlic and diced red tomatoes combine with warm herbes de Provence and Parmesan rind to create the perfect simmer sauce for chicken thighs.  Parmesan rinds are just that — the hard outer edge…

Smoky Quinoa and Lentils

Earthy red quinoa and french green lentils taste amazing with sweet ripe tomatoes and a smoky lemon dressing. The magic making these simple foods extra delicious is smoked paprika.  I developed this recipe to inspire a friend looking for good lunch ideas.  This one works nicely — it’s best at room temp, protein packed, super…

California Poached Eggs

Eggs poached in a flavorful, tomato-based simmer sauce is found in many cuisines around the globe. My recipe has a California flavor — adding fresh cilantro, tangy green chilis, and creamy avocado to keep it west coast. Suitable for dinner, lunch, or breakfast, this fast tangy/creamy dish wins for taste, nutrition, and frugality.  Make ahead…

Kefir Panna Cotta with Cardamom Plums

This is the fourth panna cotta recipe on this blog, and one I am delighted with. I used tart, creamy kefir as the main dairy ingredient, and lowfat milk to keep the flavors light and focused.  I modified my buttermilk panna cotta recipe, substituting  kefir for the buttermilk.  I topped this light and refreshing panna cotta…

Sunshine Hash

This delicious entree pairs butternut squash and potatoes with warm spices and fresh orange — for a smile of the sun even if the weather is gloomy outside. Beautiful oranges are in season right now, and their gentle sweetness combines nicely with the smoked paprika, cinnamon and cumin to coax a smile from most anyone…