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Kale and Quinoa Salad – Cuisine del Sol Cookbook

This refreshing and delicious Kale and Quinoa Salad is a recipe from the CUISINE del Sol Cookbook supporting Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

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I love it when a delicious dish coalesces with a great cause to create an Olympian outcome! This refreshing and delicious Kale and Quinoa Salad is just such a dish. It comes straight from the CUISINE del Sol Cookbook, the work of several area chefs who put their creative talents (and some fabulous recipes) together to help support Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC).

Having worked as a graphic artist on the Olympics in Albertville, France, Barcelona, Spain and Lillehammer, Norway, I know the talent and dedication it takes to be an Olympian athlete. From all of my years in the food business, I know what it takes to be a successful chef.  The opportunity to meet people from both of these worlds at Melissa’s Produce was an honor. Continue Reading →

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Daikon Rolls

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Spicy daikon radish stands in for rice paper wraps in this unique recipe. Thinly sliced daikon is stuffed with shiso (a Japanese herb that has a minty basil flavor) cucumber, avocado, sprouts, and mint. It is garnished with black sesame seeds and drizzled with a bright citrus sauce.

This Japanese inspired recipe is from Jean-Christian Jury’s latest culinary publication Vegan: The Cookbook. If you’re not vegan, don’t let the title detour you from this plant-based gold mine.

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Batata Salata (Lebanese Potato Salad)

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Outdoor entertaining just got elevated with this gorgeous potato salad. It is perfect for picnics and potlucks because is it doesn’t contain any mayonnaise—just fresh herbs, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. The blend of red, white & purple potatoes makes this lighter version of potato salad a show-stopper. Continue Reading →

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Cranberry Dill Vegan “Goat Cheese” w/ Snacker Crackers

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Eating plant-based foods has made almost every top food trend list for 2016. Even fast food restaurants like Taco Bell are adding vegan options to accommodate the demand for plant-based meals. Continue Reading →

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Grilled & Smothered Artichokes with “The Vegetable Butcher” Review

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Artichokes have eluded me for years because I wasn’t confident with cutting them. Not anymore, thanks to Cara Mangini’s The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini.

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Cara demystifies the world of vegetables with her butchery basics. This comprehensive guide to buying, storing, prepping, and cooking vegetables will help you at the grocery store, farmers’ market, and in the kitchen. It may also encourage you to try vegetables you’ve never eaten or cooked before, like cardoons and sunchokes. Continue Reading →

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