German Rutabaga Potato Salad (Vegan)

Rutabagas are hearty, sweet, root veggies that are easy to grow and half the calories and carbohydrates of potatoes. They can be eaten cooked or raw, such as shredded on top of salads.   Although they’re not as nutrient-rich as potatoes, they provide a healthy alternative, especially when substituted for part of the potatoes in just about any recipe. A rutabaga is considered a cross between … Continue reading German Rutabaga Potato Salad (Vegan)

Butternut Oat Survival Muffins (with vegan option)

It’s not always the energy needed before a long run that matters. It’s the power needed to survive the rest of the day! After a 10+ mile run, all I can think about is getting food in me as soon as possible and I’ll grab whatever’s at arm’s reach, like my boyfriend’s barbeque chips.   Not necessarily my first choice, or a habit I’d like to … Continue reading Butternut Oat Survival Muffins (with vegan option)

Red Hot Chile Sauce

Every summer, our Serrano and jalapeno plants are decked out with hundreds of shiny green and red ornaments waiting to be harvested. The harvest is ridiculously abundant with these two varieties, so besides making fresh salsa every few days, we have to find another quick and easy way to use our chiles so they don’t end up rotting off the plants. Since I don’t want … Continue reading Red Hot Chile Sauce

Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Cornbread

  After trial and error with several cheesy green chile cornbread recipes, this one is the winner by far!   R, my avid food critic, gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up.  As for my review, it not only passes the aroma and texture analysis, it’s so simple to make! Recipe adapted from the Food Network Ingredients: 1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 … Continue reading Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Cornbread

Peanut Butter Power Balls (GF, V)

Last weekend, I met up with my dear ol’ best friend J for a beach strand walk and chat, where along the way, we stopped in an upscale cold-press juice shop for a snack.  J left the shop nibbling on their peanut butter protein balls declaring, in satisfaction, how delectable they were, and perhaps I could concoct something of the kind.  With a ping, I … Continue reading Peanut Butter Power Balls (GF, V)

S’more Pie: An R B-Day special

Warning: Ingredients are totally old school, non-dietetic, and addicting. So, go ahead and use non-organic graham crackers, salted butter, old-fashioned milk chocolate, and marshmallows made with hooves (okay, that might be taking it too far)! This vegan unfriendly, chia seedless, Betty Crocker style pie will have your dessert loving friends and family kick it like it’s 1986 now! Ingredients Crust: 1 ½ cups graham cracker … Continue reading S’more Pie: An R B-Day special

Luscious Lavender Lemonade

Our Eureka lemon tree is more like a huge Chia Pet needing to be snipped and coiffured regularly due to its continuous sprouts of oblong, yellow fruit. One large country kitchen fruit basket is a cornucopia of lemons overflowing onto my work area. Occasional runaway citruses roll like escaping tumbleweeds onto kitchen counters, to the floor, causing havoc under a cook’s foot, on more than … Continue reading Luscious Lavender Lemonade

Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!

First of all, what is Fermentation? People often think of beer or wine when they hear about fermentation, although the process extends to bread, cheeses, vegetables, yogurt, and beyond, and has been around since the beginning of the human era. At first, humans didn’t even know how it happened. In the East and in Europe, people gave thanks to the gods who changed watery juice … Continue reading Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!

White Beans & Bitter Greens (Bacon or vegan? You choose!)

I didn’t know a thing about chicories and radicchios except that they’re expensive, gourmet, and look pretty. Of course, when R asked me what they’re like, I told him it is all similar to lettuce. Unsuspecting the almost unpalatable raw bitter taste and rather firm texture, R decided to throw a handful of large leafed treviso in his burrito while walking around the garden. The … Continue reading White Beans & Bitter Greens (Bacon or vegan? You choose!)