Watermelon Radish Mini Tacos

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There are some dishes where even a carnivore won’t miss the meat because an explosion of flavors transcends every expectation. When you maximize flavor combinations, even the most ordinary dish becomes extraordinary.

So, you might ask, how does one learn to maximize flavor and become a culinary flavor superstar? A great starting point is the The Vegetarian Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, a brand new and truly amazing reference book that allows you to unleash your inner creative chef and turn up the flavor volume way high in your cooking. Continue Reading →

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Idaho Hash Brown Baskets with Baked Quail Eggs

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Did you know February is potato-lover’s month? Well that was news to me as well (as if I need a reason to eat more potatoes). I learned about this at the 2015 Potato Palooza Party sponsored by Don Odiorne of the Idaho Potato Commission and hosted by Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen & Judy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad.

There, potatoes were smashed, shredded, whipped, roasted, smothered & decorated from savory to sweet. More than 30 Southern California food bloggers were present, each swooning with delight. Individual dishes were cleverly coordinated with a holiday, reminding us of the potato’s year round availability. Continue Reading →

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Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower Cake

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My favorite cookbook of 2014 is “Plenty More” by Yotam Ottonlenghi. This dynamic, flavor-packed cookbook is WOW from the first page to the last. I drooled over every photo. The recipes are fresh and vibrant with an ethnic spin. It really made me rethink how to use vegetables. It is the perfect way to start the new year.

I have made this cauliflower cake recipe 5 times and have taken it to 4 parties. Don’t let the name cake fool you. It is a savory dish that resembles a frittata or crustless quiche and is served at room temperature, which makes it a natural for potlucks, picnics and parties. This cake is my current favorite recipe in Yotam’s latest cookbook. Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Recipes of 2014

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Another delicious year has come to a close so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support throughout the year. I appreciate your comments, emails, Instagram and Facebook likes, shares and pins.

Wishing you a happy, healthy & scrumptious 2015! Continue Reading →

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Poblanos Stuffed with Goat Cheese Mashed DYPs

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I recently found red poblano peppers at my local farmers’ market. I could not believe my good fortune in finding these beautiful peppers that are color coordinated for Christmas because they come in red and green!

Poblanos peppers are great for stuffing since the inside is spacious. And since the ripened red poblano is hotter than the less ripe, green ones, you can do both and your guests can choose according to their heat preference.DYP Cookbook| She Paused 4 Thought

Poblanos have a flavor reminiscent of a mildly spiced-up bell pepper, which compliments a variety of stuffing from meat to cheese or my new favorite – Dutch Yellow Potatoes (DYP)

This fiery recipe comes from Melissa’s Produce latest cookbook DYPs The Perfect Everyday Potato CookbookThere are 154 recipes, grouped according to the four seasons of the year, incorporating the seasonal harvests to enhance, support and combine with the DYP.

Today’s Recipe:

I like to char my peppers on my cooktop, but you can also do it in the oven, either way, grill the peppers for 5 minutes on each side, or until they are charred. Continue Reading →

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