Sweet Potato Cakes with Preserved Lemon Yogurt Sauce

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Do you ever flip through a cookbook and a recipe catches your eye but you wonder how to turn what looks like an appetizer into a full hearty meal for your family?

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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”

Vanilla Bean Ghee

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A few months ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed. Jessie from Sporks and Foons (I love the name) posted a picture of her delicious waffles. In her caption she mentioned that the waffles were topped with vanilla bean ghee.

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Socca Pizza with Beetroot Spread

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My sister brought my beautiful niece named Luna over last week. It was a Friday and I wanted to celebrate by making a special yet easy and quick lunch. Continue reading “Socca Pizza with Beetroot Spread”

Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup

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Nowadays it seems like everyone is busy; overscheduled and overbooked. We have apps to help manage our lives, supposedly making things easier for us, however with the accessibility of technology, we still seem to be stressed out. When a crisis strikes, we find ourselves in the midst of chaos struggling to hold on until the storm passes. If we are lucky, we have family close by to help with simple things such as providing a meal or household chores. Continue reading “Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup”

Butternut Squash Dal

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Now that it is officially fall, it is time for all things pumpkin, squash and many more vibrant, delicious root vegetables to come. We have been having our version of summer in September in Berkeley, however the forecast looks like it will return to our cooler temps soon.

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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”

Slow-Roasted Tomato Sauce & Soup

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Hi Everyone,

The end of August marks a goodbye to summer and the beginning of school for our kids. It’s a bittersweet time where many of us ask ourselves “where did summer go?” Time seems fleeting especially in summer when many of us are busy traveling on holiday and hosting family and friends. As we wrap up summer and head into fall we have a few lovely things to hold onto like the end of summer produce. Continue reading “Slow-Roasted Tomato Sauce & Soup”

Honey-Millet Cornbread

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It’s been quiet over here on the blog front. We’ve been in the midst of summer, happily enjoying visits from out-of-town friends, swimming, cooking and of course eating delicious meals together. My sister had a beautiful baby girl. YAY! Most recently, we were in Minnesota visiting family and took a little road trip to Madison, Wisconsin. Continue reading “Honey-Millet Cornbread”

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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Preserved Lemon Pearl Couscous Salad

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Are you wondering what to do with your jar of preserved lemons? I made a large jar this winter and this Pearl ( also known as Israeli) couscous salad is a great vessel for these salty beauties. Continue reading “Preserved Lemon Pearl Couscous Salad”