Category Archives: Side Dishes

side dishes

Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad

For this refreshing Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad, thinly sliced fennel and apples are tossed with baby spinach, then dressed with a sweet and savory vinaigrette. Perfect for the season, you’ll put this salad on your table time after time.

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Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad is one of many recipes I tasted at a recent Melissa’s Produce for a media meet-and-greet with Denise Vivaldo & Cindie Flannigan, authors of The Food Stylist’s Handbook. Continue reading

Persimmons & Pomegranate Endive Cups

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Wow! These simple and healthy “Persimmons & Pomegranate Endive Cups” that feature Fuyu persimmons and pomegranates paired with crunchy pistachios and salty-tangy blue cheese are incredibly delicious. Their color and freshness makes them, in addition, the ideal antidote for Holiday overindulgence.

I made this for the annual Melissa’s Produce holiday event as well as a Christmas party, and judging by how fast they disappeared, well, I’d categorize them as a Huge Holiday Hit. Continue reading

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

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

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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