Aug 102019

Sage Pesto Farro Salad

Side shot sage pesto salad in yellow bowl

This farro salad has sweet, blistered corn, cherry tomatoes, crunchy green beans, and an intense but balanced sage pesto with walnuts and parsley.

Jul 022019

Apricot and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

Side view of salad on a grey plate with apricots

This unique pasta salad with sweet apricots and salty prosciutto is an excellent addition to any summer event.

Jun 042019

Peach and Snap Pea Salad

Peach and snap peas salad in white bowl

Peaches and fresh garden snap peas combine in a light vinegary dressing with some nutty cheese in a light salad for the cusp of spring and summer. Only in California will peaches and snap peas be in season at the same time. Honestly, I’m not cheating. The peaches came from the farmer’s market last week and the peas came from my garden. As an aside, I’m so pleased I actually managed to have a few snap pea vines producing this year. Every year I try to grow them and only get a couple peas. This year I have lovely sweet…Continue Reading

May 042019

Warm Farro Salad with Spring Vegetables

Two plates of farro salad and flowers on a table

Asparagus and favas in a warm farro base, tossed with some mint and lemon for a light meal highlighting the best in early spring vegetables.

Jan 222019

Watermelon Radish and Pomelo Salad

Watermelon radish salad side view

Baby lettuces with colourful watermelon radishes and pomelo are dressed with a sweet maple balsamic vinaigrette and almonds for a light salad that works beautifully in winter to counter all those rich dishes that cold weather invites. I started getting a new CSA box recently which I have been quite pleased with. There have been some interesting finds that have shown up, like these small lettuce heads which came as part of the “stir fry mix”. They were just the sort of thing that would look amazing on a plate as part of simple salad. Within the same week we…Continue Reading

Nov 242018

Fall Kale Salad

Now that we are back to being between holidays (so everyone is not going crazy over turkey and sweet potato everything), it’s definitely time to enjoy some of the other flavors of fall. Kale is definitely one of those flavors. I know it was all the rage several years ago and has fallen somewhat out of favor (to be replaced by avocado for the moment), but I really like using it in salads. It gives the salad a much heartier flavor and meatier mouthfeel that makes you feel like you are eating more. It also balances very well with the…Continue Reading

Jul 182018

Zucchini and Steak Salad with Basil Dressing

And so we continue with the recipes from my excess of zucchini. Also considering the ridiculous temperatures in Northern California in the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of salads. This zucchini and steak salad is one of my successful attempts to balance my desire for cold refreshing salads with H’s current need for a lot of protein (he is currently training for an iron man). That has meant that a lot of our meals are light salads with lots of raw fruits and vegetables topped with meat of some kind. Not particularly ingenious, but it works. This…Continue Reading

Jun 262018

Peanut Curry Noodle Soup

When I’m cooking, often what I start out intending to make is not what ends up on the plates. I’ll get a bright idea that inspires me or decide what I really want to eat part way through the cooking process. There are times when this distraction is detrimental, and other times when the result is great. This  chicken curry noodle soup turned out to be one of the tastier results. I really couldn’t think of what to cook, so I settled on an easy default of Thai chicken curry and rice. I was just going to make it a…Continue Reading