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…

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…

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…

Carrot Salad with Lavender & Thyme

My CSA box* often includes carrots — and last week they were special.  Deep, rich purple on the outside with a bright orange core, these beauties deserved a starring role. Their flavor profile is a little duskier than a bright orange carrot, and so I paired them with the lovely lavender and thyme growing in…

Bay Lime Cooler

Here’s a refreshing summer cocktail that uses my Bay Leaf Liqueur.  It’s a balanced sweet/tart flavor, fabulously aromatic with bay and lime mint over a base of gin. I love growing scents in my garden — and lime mint is unique, in that it doesn’t smell minty.  Instead it’s more green, limey and herbal.  You…