Three Sisters Stew

So — who are the Three Sisters? Corn, Beans, Squash. These three foods grow beautifully together in the summer vegetable garden, and form the basis for this hearty vegan stew. They also have complementary nutritional profiles. The protein from the combination of beans and lye-treated whole corn are more complete than either alone, and winter…

Autumn Squash Panzanella

I love panzanella. This humble dish usually combines stale bread, ripe tomatoes, and a simple dressing to create a savory, rich, satisfying salad. When I spied a bright orange Kuri squash in my CSA box, I decided to remodel the classic panzanella salad into a satisfying main dish starring autumn bounty – winter squashes. This…

Plum Sparkler

Plums are ripe and abundant on neighborhood trees.  While 2020 has been a tumultuous year, it’s been fabulous for plums.  Something about the weather here in California has graced the plum trees with amazing fecundity.  A friend has a bumper crop of Santa Rosa plums and gifted me with a crate of ripe fruit.  This…

Strawberry Buttercream Cupcakes

These delightful gems are sweet, buttery, fluffy, and filled with strawberry flavor.  Vanilla hot milk sponge cake topped with a dollop of strawberry jam, then cloaked in a swirl of strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream.  The key to the cupcake’s lovely strawberry flavor is powdered freeze dried strawberries. The hot milk sponge cupcakes are easy to…

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…

Yogurt Cheese

What’s a flavor cross between yogurt, chèvre and cream cheese — equally happy with savory or sweet flavors layered on top? Yogurt Cheese, of course! I recently created this simple cheese and was delighted with the results. What inspired this was a quart of amazingly lovely local Jersey yogurt left over from a big brunch….