Warm Mediterranean Salad

I feel like this recipe isn’t really a recipe since I’ve made this countless times, changing it up a bit here and there throughout its rotation in my kitchen.

What remains constant, though, are the Mediterranean flavors woven throughout the dish- a good dose of chickpeas for protein and fiber, kalamata olives for a briney bite, artichokes and kale because vegetables are a must and a solid helping of farro because it’s my favorite grain and adds a nice chewy texture. There is, of course, feta on top because cheese is a staple around here and its saltiness is perfect.

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Winter Green Citrus Smoothie

I’ve used kale before in my smoothies but more times than not, I ended up with a brown-green, salad-tasting smoothie.  As a smoothie-making novice at the time, I had my greens-to-fruit proportions all wrong and was trying to blend kale with a regular blender. Continue reading “Winter Green Citrus Smoothie”

Sweet & Spicy Mixed Nuts

Roasted, mixed nuts are one of my favorite, favorite homemade snacks.  Reason being is that they are completely customizable, free from preservatives or any unnatural ingredients and a great substitute for the chips we normally have lingering in our pantry.

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Meyer Lemon Curd

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Many people associate lemons as being part of the summer produce rotation but oddly enough they are a winter fruit, with their brightness punctuating the dreary, rainy season here in Northern California.  It’s really quite wonderful to see our local farmers markets now showcasing an abundance of citrus fruit such as mandarins, grapefruits and Meyer lemons alongside the heavy root vegetables that define the winter season.

If you’re not familiar with the fruit, Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin with much of the tartness giving way to a light, floral sweetness.  Therefore their bright flavor is a natural, welcome swap in a traditional lemon curd.

It’s rich, silky texture is perfect as a spread on toast, scones and muffins or swirled into yogurt.  So, grab some lemons and get cooking!  You really can’t go wrong!

Meyer Lemon Curd

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Creamy Thai Basil Tomato Soup

I am a sucker for soup in any season but this meal choice is much more appropriate this time of year.  Especially when it’s raining and cold (though here in NorCal, cold is a relative term).  That being said, we will be eating soup for the next few months and I couldn’t be more excited!  Actually I will be eating soup for the next few months.  My husband doesn’t usually join me for dinner when soup is involved, probably because he doesn’t find it to be a substantial meal.  The next question is usually, “Soo…is there anything else for dinner?” followed by a sheepish smile.  If you’re familiar with Seinfeld and his ongoing battle with Banya about whether soup at a restaurant is a meal, then know I’m fully on Team Jerry.  It IS a meal and soup for the win!

Thai Basil Tomato Soup

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