Yellow bowl with sauteed chard and chickpeas with glass of wine and pepper shaker

Use some of that amazing (and prolific) rainbow or Swiss chard with some sliced garlic, fried until crispy, with chickpeas and sun-dried tomato for a healthy but flavourful meal ready in under 30 minutes. I got the chard from one of the local produce delivery companies: Golden Gate Organics and I’m going to tell you all about their boxes.

Tapioca Cheese Bread Bites with Butternut Squash

Glass of white wine paired with bowl of tapioca cheesee bread with butternut

Tapioca cheese bread bites with butternut squash and shallots are an easy version of Pao de Queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) with a California fresh and seasonal flair. Perfect for pairing with wine from Suisun Valley Filling Station for your holiday party appetizers. Today’s dash of science: Tapioca starch – what is it and how to use it.

Sautéed Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash

Overhead shot of swiss chard and buttern nut squash with pomegranates

Butternut squash is more versatile than you think! Beside a quick sauté adding swiss chard and pomegranate to the butternut squash, I’ve rounded up several other vegan and vegetarian recipes to inspire you (plus some storage tips). Today’s Dash of Science: What are carbohydrates and starches?

Pear Sage Galette with a Flaky Olive Oil Crust

Overhead shot of olive oil pear galette on stand

A dairy-free take on the easiest of pies – the rustic galette! This one has an orange scented flaky olive oil crust with a pear and sage filling to highlight the best in fall flavours. Today’s Dash of Science: Saturated versus unsaturated fats and how to use them in pastry.

The Science of Better Gluten Formation – In Pizza!

Pizza with potato, onion, and salami on a thin and chewy pizza crust

All about the science of gluten formation and kneading in dough – in relation to pizza! How gluten bonds are formed, how kneading facilitates rising, and how to create a regular or loose crumb. Plus some suggestions for fresh produce pizza toppings, including my favourite: fresh zucchini and corn pizza.

Ricotta Stuffed Mini Peppers

ricotta stuffed peppers in blue dish

Mini peppers stuffed with ricotta, shallots and fresh oregano are a tasty appetizer for late summer or early autumn. Also great with other sweet peppers if you can find them, like habanadas – the capsaicin-less (non-spicy) version of habeneros.

Mexican Street Corn (Elote) Salad

Mexican corn salad

The salad has all the flavours of your favourite Mexican street corn – otherwise referred to as elotes – with some extra late summer vegetables to give it a bit more bite. Mexican street corn salad is a great side for any late summer meal.

Heirloom Tomato and Cantaloupe Melon Salad

Tomato and canteloupe salad

 Juicy melon and tangy tomatoes mixed with basil and walnuts for a light side salad. This heirloom tomato and cantaloupe melon salad with a homemade balsamic reduction is great for appreciating the last few days of summer.

Sweet Corn and Tomato Gazpacho

Three glasses of corn tomato gazpacho

This sweet corn tomato gazpacho is a quick, no cook, gluten free, and vegan soup appetizer or light meal. So easy to make ahead and store in the fridge for later.

Sage Pesto Farro Salad

OVerhead shot of sage pesto farro salad

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