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baked rice

Baked Rice

This cheesy baked rice is a new comfort dish I can’t seem to get enough of. I once read that a cheesy baked dish was like a fluffy down comforter: you just want to slide in and pull it up over your head. I think that sums this dish up rather well. This is the […]

beef with barley soup

Beef With Barley Soup

Beef and barley soup is a classic dish that has been enjoyed for centuries and oozes cozy vibes. It is a hearty, filling soup packed with flavor and nutrition that’s perfect in the winter months. The soup is believed to have originated in Scotland, where it was a popular dish among farmers and laborers who used […]

buttermilk oatmeal

Buttermilk Oatmeal With Spiced Pecans

As the air turns crisper and leaves paint the world in warm hues, it’s time to embrace the comfort of a hearty fall breakfast. Enter creamy buttermilk oatmeal with dried apricots and spiced pecans– a dish that epitomizes the essence of cozy autumn mornings. Whole grain oatmeal, the star of this recipe, is a powerhouse […]

chicken with wild rice

Cast Iron Chicken with Wild Rice

The colder months settle in, there’s nothing quite like a comforting and satisfying meal to warm the soul. This cast iron chicken with wild rice is just what you’ve been missing. A simple, yet hearty dish, that embodies the true essence of comfort food. This recipe brings together succulent, perfectly seasoned roast chicken and flavorful […]

tomato bean and feta salad

Tomato, Bean And Feta Salad

I adore tomato salads of any kind and make them often when tomatoes are in season. If the tomatoes are farm fresh, the flavor is so intoxicating, that very little even needs to be added flavor-wise to make a great side dish to just about any entrée. But toss some beans in and you turn […]

sweet pea and ricotta crostini

Sweet Pea And Ricotta Crostini

When it comes to hosting summer gatherings, this sweet pea and ricotta crostini is a versatile and elegant choice. This delectable appetizer combines the rustic charm of crostini with the vibrant flavors of sweet peas and creamy ricotta cheese. Embrace the summer season and the abundance of healthful vegetables and fruits that come along with […]

vegetarian chili

Vegetarian Chili

One-pot vegetarian chili is the perfect comfort meal to make, eat, and repeat all winter long. This simple dish is hearty, flavorful, and wholesome, and it could not be easier to make. Perhaps the best part, this chili recipe is loaded with plant-based protein, from red kidney beans and black beans, so you won’t even […]

roasted acorn squash with quinoa

Roasted Acorn Squash With Quinoa Pecans And Feta

Thanksgiving is almost here and I’m ready for it to arrive. Case-in-point, I have been working away on new recipes and this roasted acorn squash with quinoa is my latest favorite. Packed with some of my all-time favorites (quinoa, pecans, and feta cheese), this flavorful dish is also an eye-catcher. I have a true soft […]

crispy beef and lentils

Crispy Beef And Lentil Bowl

This is a perfect Buddha bowl to me. I mean seriously, what’s not to love about flavorful, crispy beef and lentils?  Truth be told, I can’t claim credit for this incredibly wonderful bowl, but I had to share it, because I absolutely adore it. This recipe is lightly adapted from a new cookbook called, Flavors of […]

sweet pea soup

Sweet Pea Soup With Pesto

Back to posting after a lovely week spent away with my family. I am so thankful for the ability to safely reunite after so many long and challenging months apart. If you have been separated from loved ones, I hope you have had some special time together recently as well. Now let’s talk about soup. […]

chickpea veggie burger

Chickpea Veggie Burger With Sriracha Mayo

It’s no secret, I’ve blogged about my love for a great veggie burger before. But this time, it’s different. This is my chickpea veggie burger with sriracha mayo and it’s my new favorite. And although it sounds shocking, this meatless burger is a great quick meal option. Meatless burger recipes are often labor-intensive. But that’s […]

creamy Fonio cereal

Creamy Fonio Cereal With Caramelized Bananas

You could call this porridge, but I won’t. This is my creamy Fonio cereal with caramelized bananas. If that didn’t hook up ok you, perhaps this will. I topped it with coconut-almonds clusters, brown sugar, and agave nectar. Honesty, this may be the breakfast cereal of your dreams. I know it’s mine. Once you try […]

falafel with tahini sauce

Falafel With Tahini Sauce

My whole family loves falafel with tahini sauce. My husband and I both grew up eating falafel in NYC. In Brooklyn, we lived near a little family-run restaurant that made an amazing homemade falafel sandwich people would line up for blocks to get. I still miss it 13 years later. Here in Northern California, there […]

frisée and poached egg salad

Frisée And Poached Egg Salad

I adore frisée. I love the taste, but truthfully, it’s the name that gets me. This is my frisée and poached egg salad, lightly dressed with a homemade mustard vinaigrette and it’s a staple in my home. This classic French country salad is one I could live on, especially in the summer. What most people […]

oven polenta

Oven Polenta With Mushrooms

I’ve always been a polenta fan. This is my favorite, effortless oven polenta with mushrooms that takes all the work out of making this hearty favorite. But when you break it down, polenta is nothing more than coarsely ground cornmeal. Served as a hot porridge-style dish, or cooled and cut which can then be baked, […]

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