Fruits & Vegetables

Summer Berry Shrub

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This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. It’s time to up your summer beverage game, and I suggest that shrubs be a part of your game plan.  A shrub is a fruit and vinegar syrup that was popular during colonial America (before the invention of the refrigerator) as a delicious way to preserve […]

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California Avocado Greek Rice Salad Bowls

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I have always had a thing for food in bowls, so the current bowl trend has me very happy.  Whether it’s a smoothie bowl, a rice bowl, or just a bowl of chicken noodle soup, there’s something about eating out of a bowl that is casual and comforting and completely my style.  Plus, bowls are […]

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (Dairy-free, Low Carb, Low Sugar!)

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Squirrel and Bug are both huge tomato addicts.  I also adore tomatoes, but when I was pregnant with them I craved them like nothing else.  I’ve always wondered if the copious amounts of tomatoes I consumed during pregnancy had any influence on their love of the fruit.  Their love of tomatoes also translates into a love […]

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes

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Three more days until Thanksgiving! (Or as my kids say, 3 more sleeps!)  Mashed potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side dish, yet there are more variations than you could probably sit down and count in one week.  I am working on a church Christmas dinner and came up with a recipe for mashed potatoes that […]

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Balinese Mixed Vegetables (Sayur Urab)

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Mixed vegetables…sounds kind of boring, doesn’t it?  Sayur Urab, a classic Balinese dish loosely translates to mean mixed vegetables, and it is far from boring! This is one of the dishes that we learned to prepare in our cooking class in Bali.  While everything that we learned to cook in our class was delicious, this […]

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Roasted Hatch Chile Cornbread—Celebrating Harmons Chile Roast

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I’ve recently had friends that live in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas, rubbing in my face the fact that they’ve got Hatch chile roastings all over the place where they live.  Not fair!  Thankfully I was alerted to the fact that I was not out of luck.  Harmons Grocery, a local grocery chain here that […]

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Keeping Cool with California Avocado Milkshakes

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Summer seems to be barreling through like a bullet train this year.  How is it possible that it is already the middle of August?  I’ve been trying to keep cool by not turning on the oven.  I find that if I don’t turn on my oven, I’m less likely to have to blast our air […]

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Umeboshi: Fall fruit of summer labor

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The Japanese do incredible things with fruits and vegetables.  From braising to deep frying, and drying to pickling, there are hundreds of ways to use and transform a wide variety of plants.  A particular favorite at our house are umeboshi, Japanese pickled plums (usually translated as plum, though they are actually made from a species […]

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Fennel and Strawberry Salad with Aged Cheddar Cheese

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It’s kind of ironic that I write a blog, because I may be one of the most technologically inept people of all time. (Ok, that may be a gross exaggeration, but you get what I mean.)  

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Cheesy Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

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When it comes to breakfast, I’m a savory girl.  I used to love my French toast dusted with powdered sugar and drowned in maple syrup just as much as the next kid, but then we moved to Japan for the first time back in 2002 and my palate began to change.  Traditional Japanese breakfasts are […]

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