Fresh Picked From the Garden and Quickly Preserved; Here’s How It’s Done

Although we still have a lot of great weather ahead of us it’s getting to the end of the season for some things in the garden. Last month I harvested garlic which doesn’t require much work at all to preserve. It’s in a cool dark place (our basement) and we will enjoy it’s great taste […]

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Learning, Enjoying and Meeting New Friends at The Academy Cooking Class Yesterday

Classes at “The Academy” are a special time and I continue to be honored by the people that grace my door – always a wonderful group of amazing students. Our recipes yesterday included Moroccan style quinoa, fava bean salad, black bean and mango wraps, berry tart and almond and orange snacks – all naturally gluten […]

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Quinoa-Stuffed Delicata Squash

Ingredients: 2 delicata squash, cut in half length-wise, seeds removed 1 teaspoon maple syrup 3 cups water 1 ½ cups quinoa 5 oz. baby arugula (I’ve also used spinach) 1/3 cup dried figs, chopped 1/3 cup dried currants (optional) 1/3 cup dates, pitted and chopped ½ cup pumpkin seeds, roasted ½ teaspoon salt Fresh ground […]

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Ingredients: 4 pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeds scraped 3 oz. baby spinach 1/3 cup pitted black olives, chopped 1 tablespoon capers, chopped ½ cup almonds, chopped 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped roughly Sea salt + pepper Procedure: Bring a large pot of water to a bowl. Add spaghetti squash and cook for 10-12 […]

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Oven Roasted Figs and Pine Nuts

Figs are low in calories. However, they contain health benefiting soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness. Use them in salads, as a dessert, or just slice and enjoy! They are in season now but won’t be around too much longer. Ingredients for one serving: Four […]

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Gremolata

This garnish can be used over quinoa or as a side dish on its own. Its mixture of sweet, sour, bitter and fresh adds an amazing flavor “sensation” wherever it is used. Ingredients: Six Scallions – as fresh as you can find them 2 small lemons – Meyer lemons if you can find them 2 […]

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Elegant Fig Salad

A quick and easy salad made with fresh figs. Ingredients: 2 small red onions – sliced in wide strips ¼ cup roasted hazelnuts (walnuts or almonds also work well) Large bunch of lettuce (can be romaine or other salad greens) leaves torn roughly 2 cups of watercress or arugula 6 ripe fresh figs Balsamic vinegar […]

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