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…

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…

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 2/9/18

Another beautiful, warm week here in sunny California.  And that means another fabulous box from Full Belly Farm!  Here’s what’s in my box this week, and how I plan to use these treasures from the farm. Napa Cabbage:  I’ll ferment this tasty tender cabbage with garlic and chili to make my version of kim chi. …

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…

Purple Sauerkraut

This may be the ultimate DIY Basic — just two inexpensive ingredients and some microbial magic and you get fresh, delicious sauerkraut.  If you’ve never tasted fresh sauerkraut — the kind that you get in the refrigerated section, not in the jarred vegetable section — you’re in for a taste treat. For pennies on the…