Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

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I’ve been seeing rhubarb in the market lately. Their long vibrant red stalks are hard to pass up.  Standing tall amongst other vegetables, rhubarb is bold and versatile. You can use them in savory and sweet dishes with equal success.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Loaf

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The weather was pretty gloomy here in Berkeley last week. We’ve gotten a break from the rain for a bit although there is forecast for more to come this weekend.

What is it about cold damp weather that makes me want to put my cozy socks on, get into the kitchen and bake something that smells delicious? Continue reading “Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Loaf”

Fig Almond Cake

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Ever since the first of September, I’ve been noticing beautiful figs at the market. There are many different colors and varieties sold here in Berkeley. I made fig jam back in June from the first harvest of figs which tasted delicately floral. I still have a frozen half-pint waiting to be scooped onto toast or swirled into my morning yogurt.  With this second harvest, I wanted to try something different. Continue reading “Fig Almond Cake”

Whole Grain-Almond Flour Pancakes with Sautéed Apples

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Now that it is September, apple season is upon us. Last month, I was lucky enough to receive these beautiful Pink Pearl apples from a friend who shared her harvest from her tree. Pink Pearl’s are such a unique apple. They taste sweet and tart with a delicate floral hint. They are grown on the west coast, harvest season is short- only about three weeks starting in mid-August. They are a bit tricky to find unless you see them at a farmer’s market or local orchard.  As I write this, they may have already come and gone. But their color is to pretty not to share. Continue reading “Whole Grain-Almond Flour Pancakes with Sautéed Apples”

Blueberry-Almond Muffins

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My little sister, who is not so little anymore, is going to become a mama. For the first time, I am going to become an aunt. I am a mom of two young girls so I’ve been through the drill of pregnancy and early motherhood but becoming an aunt is so special.

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Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

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Good morning everyone! Are you looking for something unique to serve for breakfast? Baked oatmeal is a perfect option to serve as an alternative to regular oats. It is made with milk, baking powder and an egg, which gives the oats a little lift. In turn, the oats gently bake, forming a creamy cushion for juicy blueberries that become the star of the show.

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Spiced Apple-Currant Almond Muffins

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I still have leftover apples from the week and since I have a hard time throwing anything away, I save all those defunct scraps from the kids lunch boxes; those browned up, mushy apple slices they don’t eat- don’t throw them away! Continue reading “Spiced Apple-Currant Almond Muffins”