“Chili Cheese Fries” Potato Soup

Posted on Jan 17th, 2011

Do you like chili cheese fries?  You know, french fries topped with chili, shredded cheese and sometimes chopped onions.  In my wanton youth, they…

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A Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Dinner

Posted on Feb 14th, 2011

Valentine's Day is here. Have you gotten something for a loved one? Is it the same old thing you always get your loved one?  Why not try something…

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Are you Ready for Easter?

Posted on Apr 14th, 2014

It is Spring! Once again I am wondering where the time went? Wasn't it just Christmas? Oh well, spring is my favorite season, because the flowers…

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Avocado and Potato Salad with Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Posted on Jul 21st, 2013

    That bowl pictured above holds so much I hold dear to my heart. Potatoes and avocados. Two of my favorite foods, now joined in a…

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Avocado Love

Posted on Jun 26th, 2015

Summertime is Avocado Love time! Avocado season is in full swing here in California, where the BEST avocados in the world are grown. I may be a…

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Avocado, Mandarin Orange and Jicama Salad with Key Lime Dressing

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2013

    Cooling. Creamy. Crunchy. Those three words perfectly describe this refreshing Avocado, Mandarin Orange and Jicama Salad…

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Bacon Smashed Potatoes

Posted on Jan 7th, 2012

Welcome 2012!  A lot of blogs, morning television shows, and other random people are talking about keeping resolutions, New Year-New You…

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Beautiful French Breakfast Radishes

Posted on Jul 13th, 2010

French breakfast radishes are such gorgeous vegetables!  Too bad I don't like to eat them.  But my mother loves radishes, so I bought some from the…

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Braised Lamb Shanks with Kabocha Squash

Posted on Nov 18th, 2014

  This goes into the "Big Bowl of Comfort" category. Braised Lamb Shanks with Kabocha Squash melts in your mouth, warms your belly and fills…

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Breakfast Potato Skins

Posted on May 3rd, 2013

They're called Breakfast Potato Skins, but I could eat these anytime. Buttery baked potato with crumbled bacon mixed in, topped with an egg with a…

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Chicken-Apple Sausage and Red Chard Frittata

Posted on Jun 13th, 2012

I have a confession. A few people already know of my secret shame, but I feel I must now lift the heavy burden that is on my chest. (no I am not…

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Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2012

This post was published last year, but in honor of the Chinese New Year I am posting it again. If you have never tried to make scallion pancakes,…

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Cilantro Pesto Sauce

Posted on May 4th, 2016

  Basil does not have a lock on pesto. Pesto can be made with any number of herbs, nuts and green vegetables. In this case, cilantro and…

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Comfort Food Recipe: Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Posted on Sep 12th, 2010

Recently I started preparing meals for a new vegetarian client of my personal chef business.  One of my sisters has been a vegetarian so long I…

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Creamed Corn with Maple-Pepper Bacon

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it is time to start collecting your recipes for the big feast.  We all have favorites that we…

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Cucumber, Chickpea, Tomato and Feta Salad

Posted on Aug 17th, 2011

A refreshing salad is always a great meal choice when the heat is on outside.  This salad is protein rich from the chickpeas and feta cheese, so it…

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Curried Salmon Filets with Organic Pea Shoot Salad

Posted on Apr 8th, 2010

I wish I could tell you I eat fresh vegetables all the time, but I would be lying.  There are many times I pull a bag of frozen (insert name here)…

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Fennel and Onion Baked Chicken

Posted on Apr 15th, 2011

As I get older I realize how much I like simple things. Sure, I can appreciate an over the top elaborate 10 course meal. But you just won't find me…

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Flavorful Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Posted on Apr 28th, 2009

Tomatoes are a wonderful and versatile fruit that we enjoy year round.  But should we enjoy them year round, as they are so much better when they…

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Fresh Spring Salads

Posted on Apr 12th, 2016

    Spring time is here! Some of my favorite fresh vegetables and herbs are showing up in the farmer's markets and grocery stores…

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Goat’s Milk Asparagus-Tarragon Quiche

Posted on Apr 26th, 2011

This year for the first time in many years, I did not have to make Easter Dinner for my family. All I had to do was make a quiche. But not just any…

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Green and Purple Fresh Pea Salad with Yuzu Dressing

Posted on Aug 14th, 2014

  This Green and Purple Fresh Pea Salad with Yuzu Dressing is an incredibly fresh, crunchy salad that is sweet, sour and oh so good. I had…

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Grilled Baby Artichokes

Posted on Jun 9th, 2011

Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables, running neck and neck with asparagus. When baby artichokes start appearing in stores in the spring, I…

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Hatch Chile-Lime Salsa

Posted on Aug 11th, 2013

  Hatch Chile season is here! That makes me a very happy woman. The flavor of a roasted Hatch chile is one I adore. Chile peppers are…

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Healthy Salads to Start 2015 Off Right

Posted on Jan 7th, 2015

What was your New Year's resolution this year? To stop drinking, to lose weight or maybe to remember to fill the bird feeder. My resolution is the…

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Kale or Swiss Chard Fries

Posted on Oct 27th, 2016

    Kale what? Kale fries. Yes, I battered and fried up some kale stems, and they were delicious. So yes, Kale Fries! I usually…

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Last Minute 4th of July Recipe Ideas

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2014

Sometimes it takes a long time to get organized for a holiday weekend. A holiday weekend which is meant to be about relaxation and enjoyment, and is…

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Lentil and Chevre Salad with Thyme Roasted Tomatoes

Posted on Aug 7th, 2011

When it is hot out, there is nothing more satisfying than a cool salad. No one wants to be slaving in front of a hot stove when it feels like a hot…

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Lentils and Crunchy Greens with Sour Cream-Tarragon Dressing

Posted on Oct 10th, 2011

The name of this salad does not exactly roll off your tongue, but I gaurantee that you will want to keep putting forkfuls onto your tongue! I like…

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Mango Ginger Green Smoothie

Posted on May 14th, 2013

  Mother's Day has just passed here in America. It was my first without my mother, and the void she left was felt. But it was also the first…

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New Year’s Resolution Smoothie

Posted on Jan 14th, 2016

Are you one of those people who makes a resolution every year to eat healthier, drink less, be kinder, etc.? With the exception of being kinder, I am…

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Organic Fresh San Marzano Tomato Sauce

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2012

Tomatoes are everywhere! Summer's abundance of fresh, locally grown, heirloom and supermarket tomatoes always amazes me. I remember the days of only…

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Organic Persimmon, Red Bartlett Pear and Pomegranate Salad

Posted on Nov 30th, 2011

I never thought a salad would be THE HIT of my Thanksgiving table. Never.  It's just a bunch a lettuce for goodness sake! This salad had my guests…

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Organic Spring Salad and A Giveaway

Posted on Apr 1st, 2011

Spring is here. The flowers are blooming, the squirrels are chasing each other around, and I am sneezing like crazy! Spring is indeed here. Now that…

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Organic Summer Tomato Sauce

Posted on Jun 25th, 2013

This was originally posted last summer. I wanted to repost it now because I see tomatoes growing in gardens everywhere. Soon, the growers will have…

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Orzo Salad with Fava Beans, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

Posted on Apr 19th, 2015

Everybody needs an easy pasta salad in their recipe repertoire. A salad that can be thrown together at the last minute using pantry staples that you…

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Pesto Tortelonni with Pancetta and Greens

Posted on Jun 8th, 2013

  Some days all you want to cook is something simple and easy. Something that tastes good, but only takes you a few minutes to throw…

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PFB #2 – Classic Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Posted on Sep 26th, 2010

And then there were 400.  My first entry on Project Food Blog was judged good enough to advance to the next challenge, The Classics.  If…

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PFB #3 – The “Only Slightly Fancy” Family Dinner Party

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2010

Much to my surprise,  I find myself in round 3 of Project Food Blog - The Luxury Dinner Party.  Only thing is, I don't do luxury.  I can…

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Pickled Shishito Peppers

Posted on Apr 24th, 2015

  Pickled peppers are eaten across the world.  Preserving foods in vinegar is an ancient practice. What is new is the sharing of so many…

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Potato Leek Soup

Posted on Nov 17th, 2012

Let face it, when you have a classic recipe like Potato Leek soup, there really is nothing you need to say about it that hasn't been said. The soup…

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Potato, Patata

Posted on Sep 10th, 2013

    Is your mouth watering? If its not, you must have just eaten a huge meal. Seriously. These Cuban papas rellenas are little…

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Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts

Posted on Nov 4th, 2014

  Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts. Say that three times fast! I love this recipe because it is an easy weeknight meal, made with some…

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Purple and White Baked Sweet Potatoes

Posted on Nov 30th, 2014

  Now that Thanksgiving is over it is time to start planning your Christmas menu! Well not really, but it doesn't hurt to save ideas when…

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Quick and Easy Pasta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Posted on Apr 30th, 2009

Sometimes making a meal can be a real pain.  You're tired, the kids are screaming and you don't feel like cooking.  But fast food is not an option…

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Ribeye Steak with Morel Mushroom Red Wine Sauce

Posted on Sep 7th, 2011

Are you drooling yet? I love a good ribeye steak. Juicy, tender, marbled with a nice amount of fat so the meat stays moist. An all around, awesome…

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Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup with Kale

Posted on Nov 26th, 2013

    Kabocha squash, also known as Japanese pumpkin, is my favorite winter squash. Ever since they became readily available in local…

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Roasted Kabocha Squash with Pine Nuts and Pomegranate Molasses

Posted on Oct 24th, 2010

Sometimes I think I have planned ahead, but really haven't.  Or maybe I have planned it all out in my head, but forgot to tell my body to actually…

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Roasted Mushroom-Pepper Tacos

Posted on Oct 20th, 2013

  Superfood. Have you heard that term before? Superfoods are foods low in calories and high in nutrients, with a variety of health benefits when…

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Roasted Vegetable Salad

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010

Winter means root vegetables...carrots, potatoes, squashes of all kinds, turnips, and parsnips.  Roasting root vegetables brings out their…

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Shades of Summer Sweet Corn, Tomato and Basil Salad Recipe

Posted on Sep 17th, 2009

Summer produce is such a wonderful thing.  As you may have read in my last post, my neighbors gave me a bounty of fresh tomatoes from their organic…

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Shaved Purple Asparagus Salad with Kumquat Dressing

Posted on May 31st, 2015

This is a salad made from a stolen opportunity. Well, maybe not a stolen opportunity so much as just stolen. My neighbor's little kumquat tree is…

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Simple Salsa Verde

Posted on Apr 24th, 2016

Salsa verde = green sauce. The name is as simple as this recipe. The name may be simple but the complexity of the flavor is not. Roast. Puree.…

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Artichokes

Posted on Apr 13th, 2014

    I will make my confession now. . . I didn't take a picture of the finished dish. The picture above is a raw chicken and raw…

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Slow Roasted Organic Tomato Bisque Recipe

Posted on Sep 8th, 2009

Some of the best things about summer are stone fruits, melons, and freshly picked tomatoes.  I won't even eat tomatoes in the winter, because they…

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Snow Pea Shoot Salad with Asian Vinaigrette

Posted on Feb 6th, 2012

Ever get tired of eating the same old green salad all the time? You try and jazz it up with some avocado or croutons, but admit it. It's still the…

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Spiced Chestnut Soup

Posted on Sep 30th, 2016

    Fall is here and certain flavors are starting to be used in everything from coffee to dish soap. Yes, I am speaking about the…

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Spiced Roasted Winter Vegetables

Posted on Nov 9th, 2011

  The holidays are fast approaching, and I am gathering my recipes for the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts.  Thanksgiving is my holiday in…

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Spicy Avocado Goddess Dressing

Posted on May 7th, 2014

    Green Goddess salad dressing. If you are of a certain age, you remember it well. As all foods do, it fell out of fashion for…

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Spicy Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup

Posted on Mar 6th, 2012

Ever have those days where you look in the refrigerator and try to figure out what to make for dinner? You rustle through the veggie drawer. . . oh…

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Spring is Here!|Simple Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2010

I love spring because it means asparagus growing season.  Asparagus is my favorite vegetable.  I love it simply steamed with a squeeze of fresh…

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Stir Fried Udon Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Bok Choy

Posted on Jun 17th, 2010

There are times when you need an easy to put together but really enjoyable meal, and noodles always fit that category.  Whether Italian pasta,…

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Summer Grilling

Posted on Jul 21st, 2011

Summertime. And the grilling is easy. While looking through some old posts, I decided to do a small compilation of grilling recipes. Summer…

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Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Posted on Jul 24th, 2016

This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Its certainly not because of the triple digit heat or the annual brush fires burning…

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Summer/Fall Melange:Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder Recipe

Posted on Oct 28th, 2009

Summer has come and gone, and fall is upon us.  I love fall, when the weather gets cool and crisp.  Well, since I am back in Southern California,…

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Superfood Rustic Mushroom Soup

Posted on Mar 25th, 2014

    Warm, comforting and healthy too? This Rustic Mushroom Soup is all that and more. Vegan, nutrient dense and low calorie, this…

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Sweet Corn, Tomato and Basil Salad

Posted on Jun 30th, 2012

  This recipe was originally posted on my blog over three years ago, when my only readers were either related to me or had gone to school…

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The BCLT – Bacon Cheese, Lettuce and Roasted Tomatoes

Posted on Oct 5th, 2013

  Here I go again, making up new names for the recipes I develop. The BCLT. Wait, what? Bacon cheese (YES! Cheese.With.Bacon!) lettuce and…

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The Black Girl’s Top 10 Recipes of 2013

Posted on Dec 31st, 2013

Looking back at this tumultuous year I have had, I was not surprised that I honestly could not remember a lot of the recipes I developed and…

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To-ma-to, To-Mah-To. . .

Posted on May 23rd, 2011

I thought I didn't really like tomatoes, unless they were in a cooked form, such as marinara sauce. But it turns out I just don't like mealy, off-…

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Tri-Color Potatoes, Japanese Eggplant and Fennel in Wine Sauce

Posted on Aug 28th, 2012

Sometimes vegetables get the short end of the stick. They are an after thought, if even thought of at all. Many vegetables are not familiar to…

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Tri-Color Quinoa Salad

Posted on Feb 20th, 2012

Have you tried quinoa yet? If you haven't, this is the recipe for you.  Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wa") is an ancient grain from the Peruvian Andes…

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Warm Caprese Salad

Posted on Aug 9th, 2010

"Summertime, and the living is easy." Well I'm sure whoever wrote those lyrics meant to evoke a certain imagery, but they were not describing…

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Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Fennel

Posted on Aug 27th, 2010

A few months ago I entered this potato salad recipe in the weekly contest on Food52.  While this salad did not win, it did become an Editor's pick,…

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White Bean and Kale Stew

Posted on Jan 16th, 2012

When its cold outside there is nothing I love more than a big bowl of chili or stew or soup. Something that warms me from the inside out, and sticks…

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Winter Vegetable Garden Photography Series, Part 1

Posted on Oct 18th, 2011

Yes, I am at it again.  After a small (very small) success with my first ever summer garden, I have planted a lovely, little winter…

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Wordless Wednesday | Organic Romaine & the Garden Guard Cat

Posted on Feb 1st, 2012


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