Carrots with Tarragon

Fresh tarragon is a culinary best friend — warm, interesting, and makes the food it complements shine. In particular, carrots are lofted to something great when tossed with fresh tarragon and butter.  The cooking technique in this recipe keeps the carrot’s sweetness concentrated by using just enough water to steam them without washing away their…

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…

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*…

Tie Dye Purple Cauliflower Soup

This soup has it all!   It’s flavor-packed, nutrition forward and FUN. It’s also vegan, frugal, easy to make — and you get to play artist while you season it. The star of this soup is a beautiful lavender hued cauliflower.   Naturally occurring acid-sensitive anthocyanins give this vegetable its beautiful color and also make…

Broccoli Avocado Salad

I love this salad — raw broccoli, creamy avocado, and crunchy pepitas brought together with a tangy lemon and tahini dressing. This is a win-win dish:  deliciousness and powerful nutrition in one tasty salad.  A bonus is that it stays fresh in the fridge for a couple days, which makes it a good one to…

Soba with Egg

Delicious, frugal and 20-minutes-from-start-to-finish.  Soba with Egg is pretty much a pantry meal that tastes like it took much longer to create.  The secret is in the dashi packet. You start with making a fast broth, then add buckwheat soba, soy sauce and sesame oil, then add egg or tofu.  Top with baby arugula and…