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

Apr 232019

Garlic Mint Beets

Top view of beets on plate

A brighter spring take on roasted beets, marinated with mint and garlic and drizzled in yogurt. This post may contain affiliate links. These help me support the blog so I can continue bringing you more recipes. All opinions are my own. H really loves beets. Unfortunately I occasionally run out of interesting ways to incorporate them into a meal. Personally, I get a little bored of steamed, and while roasted with olive oil and pepper is excellent (particularly in a salad), I wanted to try for something lighter and more spring-like.   I pulled the last of the winter beets…Continue Reading

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

Aug 252018

Sweet Corn and Tomato Gazpacho

This corn gazpacho is the soup entry I did for the Fairfield Tomato Festival cooking competition, and actually the recipe I was most please with. It may have only gotten second place in its category, but it is an amazing summer soup. For one thing: gazpacho = no cooking, which is great when there have been too many 90F + days. This was actually my first attempt at gazpacho. In true me fashion, I ended up trying multiple batches at once, both this and a cherry and tarragon version. I’ve had a cherry gazpacho before when I was working in…Continue Reading

Jun 202018

Tangy Cabbage Salad

This is one of those recipes you are going to look at the directions for and say “Really, is that it?” to me. But sometimes you just need a quick salad that is good for multiple occasions and tastes good. Also, I had a lot of cabbage and needed to do something with it (suitable to way-to-hot weather). In fact, almost all the ingredients in this salad were grown within an hour of where I live. Not the raisins oddly enough. Bad me for not supporting local farms (in my defense there’s primarily wine grapes around where I live rather…Continue Reading

May 222018

Spring Potato Salad

I learned about the concept of panzanella salads from Smitten Kitchen a couple years ago, however I have never really eaten croutons. But I liked the concept of being able to adapt the dish to the season (since I do so much of that already). So I started making similar salads replacing potatoes or other starches for the croutons. It’s basically another way of doing seasonal pasta primaveras (once again, just switch the starch!) which I do all the time. During the portion of the year when the farm stands are inactive or don’t have much variety, I get a…Continue Reading