White Bean and Kale Soup

It was cool and cloudy this week — a glimmer of wet weather relief for California.  I was inspired by the weather and the abundance of produce at this year’s National Heirloom Expo to make this very simple soup. It’s a remarkably savory vegan soup, made with cannellini beans, garlic, and deep green kale.  Top…

Lemon Olive Oil Sponge Cake

Here’s a twist on an easy to make sponge cake for the olive oil lover — a light, lemon scented sponge cake with the fruity, savory flavor of good extra virgin olive oil. The key to the texture of this sophisticated cake is to beat the eggs until very fluffy, then stabilize them with sugar. …