Month: September 2015

Avocado and Broccoli Salad with Pistachio Oil and Pistachios

Avocado and Broccoli Salad with Pistachios

One of my absolute favorite discoveries has been roasted pistachio oil. Actually, it was less of a discovery, but more so an introduction. The perfect gourmet foodie gift. Ines. Thanks dear friend. French La Tourangelle roasted pistachio oil is divine. It has a distinctive and rich pistachio flavor – it surpasses the nut itself. I […]

Umami Powered Shiitake Mushrooms

Umami: The Fifth Taste Sensation

Have you ever eaten something totally delicious but have a hard time describing what or why exactly it tastes so good? You may just have had an umami moment. What is umami and why is everyone talking about it? A new taste sensation? The fifth taste element? Iused to think it was because various sensations […]

Vegetarian Thai Red Curry with Sweet Potatoes

Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

Sometimes its so nice to actually be able to make something like a sweet, tart Thai curry without having to search for all the ingredients you may or may not have in your pantry (or in my case, giant unorganized kitchen drawer). The only ingredient that is slightly exotic is the Thai red curry paste […]

Crunchy Carob Buckwheat (Kasha) Granola with Raw Cocoa and Almonds

Carob Buckwheat Granola

The first thing you should know about buckwheat is that it’s gluten free. The second thing you should know about it is that roasted buckwheat is called “kasha”. Of course it’s not necessary to roast buckwheat, but doing so brings out its wonderful nutty flavor. Buckwheat in any form is terrific when it’s transformed into […]

Broccoli Tabbouleh with Bulgur, Dill, Parsley, Mint, Cucumber, Green Onion

Broccoli Tabbouleh

In this variation, the classic Middle Eastern salad has been upgraded with oh-so nourishing broccoli and fresh and tasty dill. Forget the cauliflower “rice” trend. In this recipe, I’ll show you the merits of broccoli and how it is easily transformed into “couscous”. Of course, cauliflower’s versatility is quite admirable. I can see why it […]

Roasted Beet Risotto with dill and crème fraîche

Roasted Beet Risotto

I have a little obsession with beets at the moment. And this little obsession led me to the uncharted world of beet risotto. Something I wish I had explored earlier. This beet risotto is hands down the most decadent of all my risottos. With its vivid color and deep flavors, it’s somewhat of a show-off. […]

Sacha Inchi‏ Mega Omega Smoothie, Superfood Highlight: Sacha Inchi

Superfood Highlight: Sacha Inchi Oil

Here’s something you are going to want to add to the list of superfoods worth getting to know – one I recently stumbled across it while browsing through the Hagen Grote online catalogue — a superfood, super oil called Sacha Inchi. Sacha Inchi (known as Inca Peanuts or Inca Nuts), is the seed of a […]

Mini Cucumber Salad with Dill and Feta

Cucumber Salad with Dill and Feta

Cool, crisp and refreshing, I love a good cucumber salad – especially one made with adorable mini cucumbers! The combination of cucumber, sweet red onion, dill, lemon and feta cheese is really quite lovely. Plus it’s that anytime kind of salad. It’s fantastic served alongside a lazy Sunday brunch or as a refreshing side for […]

Roasted sweet potato, pear and quinoa salad

Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear and Quinoa Salad

This is the perfect salad for anyone that loves sweet. The deep roasted flavors of sweet potatoes and pears are exactly that. Together with quinoa, they make for rich and flavorful salad that is healthy, packed with protein and fiber — and one that offers the distinct seasonal flavor of fall. For me, sweet potatoes […]

Mediterranean Chicken Marbella

Mediterranean Chicken Marbella

Taking inspiration from a classical French cooking plat du jour called “lapin aux pruneauxand” and one of most legendary dishes to ever to come out of The Silver Palate Cookbook in the 1980’s, this mediterranean chicken dish is a guaranteed crowd pleaser! The chicken is first marinated in olive oil, red wine vinegar, capers, olives, […]

Porcini Risotto with Sage

Porcini Risotto with Sage

What can be more satisfying than a bowl of homemade risotto? Sadly something I think we enjoy far to seldom. All that stirring, right? Yes, we love to eat it but seldom what to go through the trouble of making it. I actually don’t mind making risotto. It’s easy enough, and while keeping a watchful […]

Jeweled Couscous Salad with radishes, oranges, arugula, cilantro, red cabbage

Couscous Salad with Radishes and Oranges

Oh my. How can a salad jeweled with so many beautifully vivid hues be anything but utterly delicious? It is. It’s magical. Actually, what is truly magical is couscous. It’s so easy. It almost does all the work itself. Of course there are a few special methods for preparing it. One of which I stumbled […]

6 Principles of Clean Eating & Healthy Living, Market Vegetables, Grains and Fruit

6 Principles of Clean Eating & Healthy Living

Nowadays, with endless information and countless opinions, the concept of clean eating and trying to live healthily can be a little confusing. Here are my top six clean eating principles: 1Minimize or eliminate processed foods from your diet. These are foods that come in boxes, bags, cans or packages with long list of ingredients (such […]