Cranberry Walnut Lentil Salad

Typically cranberries and walnuts are paired for a bit of a sweet treat…cranberry walnut muffins and cookies were childhood favorites. (Well, actually not as much as oatmeal raisin ~ but there’s also a story behind that ~ raisins simply do not belong in baked goods!). Anyway, for a sweet and savory, crunchy combination, and a…

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Crunchy Cucumber and Shrimp Salad

As cool as a cucumber, I’m also craving shrimp! It’s light, it’s refreshing, and I just so happen to have a bit extra from the other day. Yep. In the heat of summer, salads are amazing…crunchy cucumber salads. Crunchy Cucumber and Shrimp Salad 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly shaved with a vegetable peeler 4…

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Shrimp Nopales (Cactus Paddle) Salad

Not too long ago, I was presented with a challenge. Challenge accepted. Mission accomplished. As a way of helping you to meet your daily cactus requirements, I have successfully transformed these crazy looking spiny paddles, leaves, or “nopales” into a delicious and completely refreshing salad, with shrimp! So refreshing, in fact, you’ll swear you’re living in coastal…

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Training on Empty – Interview Opportunity

What an honor to be interviewed by my dear friend, Lize, for her podcast http://trainingonempty.blogspot.com. She truly is an inspiration in all that she’s accomplished in her life. Check out her blog and listen here for the interview!  

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Creamy Lemon Cauliflower Risotto

After crafting preserved lemons in the kitchen a few weeks ago, I’ve been coming up with ways to savor the delicate delights of heaven and use then in any and every way I can. This really has been a simple task ~ I have no problem with creativity in the kitchen. Others, however, have been…

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Summer Sweet Radish and Rye Salad

Sweet radishes and rye? Why, yes of course! Radish and rye are a perfect pair, as part of a sweet summer salad. Well, not really “rye,” but caraway seeds ~ those lovely little gems that create the unique and un-ubiquitous “rye” flavor we all adore. Can’t you just smell it? And, the sweet marjoram freshly…

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Savory Lemon Cauliflower “Cream”

I’m going crazy for lemon thyme these days. Savory lemon thyme. The aroma, the scent, the pure inhalation of pleasure brightens my soul. Yes, I know, only a few of us would exude such statements. In any case, a wonderfully refreshing combination of “creamy” comestibles and the brilliance of lemon in every way provides an…

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Sweet Curry Parsnip Mash & Basil Beef

What more can I say? I’ve been craving a sweet and savory curry. I know it’s hot outside ~ but it’s hot, hot, hot all the time in the land of curry! Thus, a little sweet in the form of parsnip and sweetie tater mash, alongside my oh so sweet basil beckoning and beef ~…

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Fresh Vegetable Terrine

Both dramatic and gorgeous a terrine isn’t just visually arresting; it’s also absolutely delicious in every way— and such a sophisticated change of pace from a simple salad or steamed side. A vegetable terrine, chock full of farm fresh veggies, is really something else. It’s cultured. It’s elaborate. And, oh, yes Brian, it is French. A terrine (French…

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Lemon Rosemary Basil and Beef

Lemon and rosemary are an obvious match made in heaven. Add some fresh basil to the pot, and with a bit of well seasoned beef, you’re drooling. Several years ago, on a special evening, but also on the fly, I fried up some lemon rosemary sliders for a certain someone. They were truly amazing. The…

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