Category Archives: Recipes

Heritage Barley Pilaf (Slow Carb)

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This colorful and healthy Heritage Barley Pilaf is a great way to replace a fast carb (rice) with a slow carb (barley). 

I love good stories, relevant information, and flavorful recipes. When the three coincide, I am thrilled. Such is the case with today’s cookbook and review of Deepa’s Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine by Deepa Thomas.

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In response to her husband’s Type 2 diabetes and her own struggle with weight, Deepa responded with “What if I reinvented Indian food without the carbs”?

So she did, and after six months of cooking and eating “Slow Carb New Indian,” Deepa lost twenty pounds and freed her husband from a ten-year routine of insulin shots. How, you might ask? The secret is in the book, along with the story of her life’s journey and discoveries she made along the way. Continue reading

Graveyard Rice – “Bowls of Plenty” Cookbook

This decadent dish of Graveyard Rice will have the adults at your Halloween party swooning.

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Halloween decorations are starting to pop up everywhere. Yes, it is that time of year when people start to get obsessed with ghosts, graveyards, skeletons and such. The only thing I am obsessed with are the flavors and textures of the marrow and vegetables in this recipe for Graveyard Rice, which looks like a bunch of bones in a graveyard.

Graveyard Rice is just one of many delicious recipes from Carolynn Carreño’s cookbook Bowls of Plenty: Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Meals which offers a range of internationally inspired dishes to make at home.

Bowls of Plenty | Carolynn Carreno

I recently met Carolynn at a media luncheon at Melissa’s Produce. I love her down to earth philosophy on eating.

“I believe that food matters. Everything about it, from how it was grown, how it was prepared (with resentment or love? patience or hurry?), how it was consumed (with fear or with gusto?). It all counts.”

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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

Spicy Deviled Eggs

These Spicy Deviled Eggs are the perfect appetizer or first course for your next picnic, Super Bowl party or lunch!

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Seriously now, does anyone really need another deviled egg recipe? You have your Grandma’s special recipe, your mom’s standard recipe, and the one that you based on theirs, which you love best of all.

So why am I featuring another deviled egg recipe? Because this one is amazing. And who ever said a Deviled Egg was amazing. Make this twist on a classic and you’ll become the Spicy Deviled Egg Master of the Universe. Continue reading

Szechuan-Style Green Beans

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I didn’t know there was “101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die” until I met Jet Tila. Quite frankly, I can’t even name 30 Asian dishes by their proper name, let alone know how to make them. I didn’t even realize by the nature of the title of Jet’s latest cookbook that he would challenge me to cook every recipe in his book.

I recently met Chef Jet Tila at a book-signing, media luncheon at Melissa’s Produce. He was funny, humble, informative and a great teacher. Continue reading