Butternut Squash Steak with Spicy Pepitas Pesto

Craving this one today!  Reposting this hearty original butternut squash recipe.  Enjoy! Squash are reigning supreme at my local market, and one of my very favorites is the smooooth, sweet, easy on the taste-buds butternut squash. I found a big, blocky hulk of a butternut squash at my market, and decided it deserved to be…

Apple, Fennel & Walnut Salad

I saw some beautiful apples in my produce market today — fresh from a local grower.  They inspired this updated twist on a Waldorf Salad. I swapped out celery for fennel bulb, and accented the anise flavor of the fennel with tarragon from my garden.  I lightened the dressing by using olive oil and lemon…

All Butter Pie Pastry

I’ve been on a pie making tear this year.  Cakes were easy for me, but I wasn’t as adept at making delicious, consistently flaky, easy to work, all-butter pie pastry.   I knew what I wanted, but struggled to make it.  I’ve used many different recipes over the years but none were what I was looking…

Smoky Black-eyed Peas

Summer’s winding down, and that means that rich, red tomatoes are abundant.  I’m making this recipe tonight — and thought I’d repost it today for your inspiration.  Enjoy! The beautiful black-eyed pea has a natural affinity to smoky flavors, and so pairs well with a favorite spice of mine — smoked paprika. Adding the rich…

Niçoise Salad Platter

Here’s my take on a simple classic Salade Niçoise – perfect for warm summer nights.  A bed of fresh greens, green beans, potatoes, tuna, and smoky niçoise olives are brought together with the simplest of dressings — a squeeze of lemon, sea salt, and your best olive oil. I scattered chopped fresh oregano on top…

Southwest Summer Salad

Here is a spicy, savory meal that makes great use of prime summer produce — corn, tomatoes, lettuce, and avocados — in one delicious salad.  This is a crowd pleasing superstar, as it’s dairy and gluten free, vegan, deliciously nutritious, and easy to do much of the prep in advance. This salad uses one of…