seasonal recipes

Greens,greens, greens!

Posted on May 6, 2013 in Juices, spring, Vegetables | 0 comments

Spring has sprung and with it comes greens! As a working mom, I know exactly how challenging it is to find ways to make greens appealing to the kids (sometimes for everyone!). Here’s a few tips that have made it a bit easier for me. - Wash your greens (collards, kale, swiss chard etc.) before you store them. I even go so far as to prep them – remove ribs, stems etc. This way they’re always ready to go. Sometimes it’s the cleaning and prep in the middle of a busy meal that makes them the most difficult. - Add greens (especially chard, spinach and kale) to soups. My whole family loves soup. It’s easy to prep ahead if you want, and they are...

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Witches brew

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 in Kid Friendly, Meat, seasonal recipes, Soup, winter | 0 comments

Witches brew

Making homemade stock can be so therapeutic. Now I’m not one of those die-hard “it can only be home made stock” – Barefoot Contessa types (although I do love her cookbooks). I mean I am a working mom and wife for heavens sake – a good ol’ box of stock works for me most of the time. But sometimes there’s just nothing better than throwing everything but the kitchen sink and boiling it. It brings out the witch in me – a modern day witche’s brew. I find myself smelling the steam full of life and death in a sense, and saying my own little spells of gratitude and healing for myself and others. Tonight I have taken the...

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Fall Harvest

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 in fall, Kid Friendly, Meat, Pasta, seasonal recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup | 0 comments

Fall Harvest

This week’s menu has a lot of diversity and some real winners with the fall local harvest, The family especially loved the butternut squash enchiladas. I included a soup to make use of your turkey leftovers….it was very tasty and satisfying. Lots of soups…I could eat them every day!   Sunday Butternut Squash Enchiladas                 Delicata Rings 1 delicata squash…1/2 inch slices 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp butter, melted salt & pepper…to taste bread crumbs 1 Tbsp chopped fresh or dried…thyme Pre-heat oven to 425F Wash & slice squash, into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices. Cut out center...

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Fallish

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 in fall, Kid Friendly, Pasta, seasonal recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup, Vegetables | 0 comments

Fallish

I think it’s fall. Halloween is over and all the magazines are sharing their Thanksgiving best. I saw moments of cool weather, followed by heat and winds so I’m not sure what to think or what to cook these days. I’m letting the local produce be my guide and it’s beginning to resemble fall. Lettuce, zucchini, green beans, delicata squash, grape tomatoes, parsley, spinach, persimmons, apples, asparagus, Asian pears, avocado,  red pears, Fuji apples Valencia oranges, and pomegranates. Next posting I’ll have several good squash recipes as the squash is already rolling in. Sunday I’m always looking for recipes for persimmons. A fellow...

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Wanderer’s All

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in fall, Kid Friendly, Meat, Pasta, Salad, seasonal recipes, Sides, Slow Cooker | 0 comments

Wanderer’s All

Anthony and I are reading the Classic The Wind in the Willow’s by Kenneth Grahame with the boys every night. Tonight we read a chapter that seemed to sum up my state of mind perfectly – Chapter 9 “Wanderer’s All.”  It begins “The Water Rat was restless, and he did not exactly know why. There was a feeling in the air of change and departure.” The chapter goes on to speak of the harvest, the movement of the swallows and the field mice south, and an encounter with a traveling gypsy rat. The “change” in seasons – if you can call it that here in schizophrenic San Diego has brought with it some melancholy and a...

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Back in the saddle

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 in Casseroles, fall, Kid Friendly, Salad, seasonal recipes, Sides, Slow Cooker, Soup | 0 comments

Back in the saddle

The heat seems to have passed for now and I am finally feeling like writing and cooking. It’s been a struggle to do both the last couple weeks for a variety of reasons and for the first time in many years I am looking forward to fall and not lamenting the passing of summer. Fall is a time to move inward physically and spiritually and I am ready for that on so many levels. I am looking forward to digging into the recipe books, trying new things, and exploring all the fall produce that presents itself the next few months. I know I owe you a posting on lunches for kids, but I am so thrilled to have the desire to cook again that I’m going to share a menu for you...

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