Sometimes the green vegetable is not the star of the meal. Like on Thanksgiving it’s all about the turkey, the stuffing and the other carbs. And on Hanukah it’s all about the potato latkes and applesauce. Yet I still want to serve a green vegetable to round out the dinner. In such cases, this green bean dish is my “go-to” recipe. While I’m busy making all the other dishes, I want the vegetable to be quick and easy to prepare. (more…)
I’ve caught the juicing craze. I like the healthy, tasty jolt it gives my mornings. I used to think green juice looked weird and refused to try it. Then Kris Carr of Crazy Sexy Kitchen convinced me to try it. I met her at a fundraiser at the home of Julie and Eric Handler, founders of Positively Positive. Kris did a juicing demonstration and explained her wellness philosophy. Julie and Eric made juicing look so easy in their kitchen. Now I’m hooked on juicing. Ya see, the company you keep really does rub off on you. That’s what my parents tried to tell me when I was a teenager. I guess they were ri…ri..right. There, I said it.
On a recent Fall day while settling into a sweater and boots, I had a craving for a dish that showcases the lovely Fall produce that is filling the markets. I played around with different combinations in my mind and came up with this salad. I daydream about food. It’s a quirk of mine that comes in handy sometimes.
Now that the kids are back in school, I find it’s hard to rush dinner on the table after we get home from after-school activities. This recipe is one of my quickest, easiest recipes, plus it’s a family favorite.
I can’t get enough of these grilled toasts layered with peaches, mint, and cheese. My whole family is gobbling them up. These toasts are inspired by similar ones at Superba Snack Bar in Venice, CA on Rose Avenue. The whole area has an up and coming, hip, casual, neighborhood vibe. My husband and I had a fun night sitting on the patio chatting with a neighboring table as we were served one delicious small plate after another. I came home remembering the peach toasts, and decided to make my own version.
When I’m looking for something different for a snack or appetizer, I love making pea crostini. Don’t get me wrong; I love hummus and guacamole, but sometimes I just want to change things up. My favorite is to serve this pea purée on toasted baguette bread (crostini). The pea purée also makes a great dip for cut up crudité vegetables.
Lately I have been on the hunt for the Los Angeles food truck with the best banh mi sandwich, a Vietnamese sandwich that features French bread, sweet pickled vegetables, cilantro, and a protein such as chicken or tofu. So far I haven’t found my dream sandwich on a truck, so I’m happy I found this sensational recipe for banh mi in The Great Pepper Cookbook by Melissa’s Produce.
Hi! My name is Dana, and I have a passion for delicious, healthy, homemade food. I hope my stories and recipes will inspire you! [Read More]