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…

Lime Chipotle Slaw

If you’re getting some beautiful cabbages in your CSA box, or spy some nice ones in the produce market, I have a great winter salad – a fresh twist on coleslaw. I make this one with tart lime juice and spicy chiptole powder.  It’s crunchy and tangy — and perfect with grilled fish or chicken. …

Lime-Chipotle Chicken

It’s winter in California, which means spicy, tart, ripe limes.  This recipe is my go-to marinade for chicken thighs. It stars a threesome of flavor all-stars:  lime, garlic, and chipotle.  These three are bold individually, but there is special magic when they get together in this marinade.  Whip up some Lime-Chipotle chicken, and then use…

Summer Corn Salad

Sweet corn!  Tender sweet corn is one of my favorite treats in summer.  It is at its peak at my market, along with deep red tomatoes and creamy-rich avocados. Here is my recipe for a simple summer treat featuring sweet corn in the starring role.  I serve it as a salad or side dish, depending…

Summer Quinoa Saute

Quinoa is a protein-packed, easy to make grain with a rich nutty flavor.  Here’s a quick saute that pairs quinoa with a couple items playing starring roles in my CSA box this season: summer squash, tomato, and bell pepper. In this one dish meal I spice things up with jalapeno and preserved lime.   Feel free…

Corn, Chard, and Summer Squash with Rice

I’ve made this one dish meal a couple times this summer.  It was motivated by my CSA box, and the fact that I needed a tasty dinner in a hurry.  My family liked the combination of sweet corn, savory chard, and spicy chipotle.  Avocado and lime make a great topping for this particular combination of…