Soba with Egg

Delicious, frugal and 20-minutes-from-start-to-finish.  Soba with Egg is pretty much a pantry meal that tastes like it took much longer to create.  The secret is in the dashi packet. You start with making a fast broth, then add buckwheat soba, soy sauce and sesame oil, then add egg or tofu.  Top with baby arugula and…

Citrus Mint Smoothie

Here’s just the thing for a pick me up – a tangy, bright, fresh smoothie made with tangerine, spinach and mint. While I usually eat my greens and fruit, today was hectic and I wanted something to enjoy while on the go. Using my Vitamix, I blended some delightful baby spinach with whole tangerine, lime…

Potato Leek Soup

When I discover both leeks and potatoes in my CSA box, I know what I’ll be cooking — Potato Leek Soup. This recipe is a perfect example of the power of simple:  just a handful of inexpensive ingredients, 30 minutes start to finish, and you create a supremely delicious soup.  The French have been making…

Salad Dressing . . . is a verb

This is the final post in my DIY Basics series, and it’s all about salad dressing – or as I think of it – dressing a salad.  I’ve been asked many times “What salad dressing do you buy?”  and my answer is usually “I don’t buy salad dressing . . .” and that stops the…

Herbal Tisane – DIY Basic

Growing and using herbs is one of the main reasons why I garden.  I grow a number of fragrant culinary herbs in my gardens.  While I use many herbs in my cooking, I have several herbs that I grow mainly for drinking in tisanes.  What’s a tisane?  Herbs + boiling water = tisane.  Commonly known…

CSA Veggie box 2/9/18

Another beautiful, warm week here in sunny California.  And that means another fabulous box from Full Belly Farm!  Here’s what’s in my box this week, and how I plan to use these treasures from the farm. Napa Cabbage:  I’ll ferment this tasty tender cabbage with garlic and chili to make my version of kim chi. …