Avocado Hummus

I love hummus and always try to have a batch of my homemade version, the classic with a twist – fresh turmeric – on hand. (Will post this recipe soon, as it’s a crowd- and kid-pleaser!) This is a richer, fancier version, inspired by a dish we had recently at Farmshop in Larkspur Here, avocados and yogurt are blended in to replace some of the tahini, and the lovely green dip is made even greener…

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Squash Mac & Cheese

Even as a kid, I was not a Kraft mac & cheese girl. The neon orange color and lack of any discernible cheese confused me. Give me a layer of melty, crispy cheese on top of some noodles, and now we’re talking. But even then, I’d probably rather just have the melted cheese, or real pasta with loads of salty pecorino. So I did not rush out to create a healthier version of good old mac & cheese. Until I had kids, that is.

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Peach-Basil Smoothie

The end of summer is technically right around the corner, yet the farmer’s markets in San Francisco are still bursting with peak summer produce.  We seem to get everything late, including summer – we’re just now finally getting the streaks of warm weather, without the daily fog invasion.  September is the month we look forward […]

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Pink Pancakes

One of the very first finger foods I made for my son were the Quinoa-Beet Pancakes from Kim Boyce’s fabulous alternative-flour baking book, Good to the Grain.  He named them Pink Pancakes and they became his most-requested dish.  Four years, an additional child and countless batches later, my version has evolved into a slightly cleaner riff on […]

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Farro Salad with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, Arugula and Peas

We were in SoCal for a week, visiting family, and my mom hosted a little birthday party to celebrate Xander’s 5th the day we arrived. We ordered pizza, as we often do these days for these on-the-fly family gatherings, to keep it simple. My contribution, as usual, would be some sort of big salad – but this time, one that could be prepared a few hours in advance…

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Baked Fish Fingers

I love fish, and I want my kids to love it. None of this, “Ewww! Fish is stinky” from my babies. So I’ve been serving it to them for dinner from the time they started solids, in kid-friendly preparations. And guess what? They love it! Give Xander, who isn’t even 5 yet, a choice of dumbed-down kids-menu items or grilled salmon on a restaurant menu, and he chooses the salmon. These baked fish fingers were the gateway …

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Succés Vinícola Experiència Parellada

One of my favorite styles of wine is the light, zesty, low-alcohol white, commonly hailing from coastal Portugal, Italy or Spain.  I’ve taken to calling this delightful category “Delicious Water”.  Clocking in at less than 12% alcohol, DW wines are super food-friendly but are also amazing without food.  In the park. On a sunny day.  So refreshing.  Yum… This old-vine […]

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Quick Hemp Milk

We don’t do cow’s milk in my house.  Which is sort of sacrilegious, considering that my grandparents and great-grandparents were dairy farmers, and my mom literally grew up on a dairy farm.  But it just doesn’t sit well with my tummy, so I started experimenting with alternate milks years ago.  Soy grossed me out, and the early […]

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Raw Peanut Butter-Oat Bars with Chocolate Ganache

I have hundreds of cookbooks. Literally. I’m sort of addicted. Can’t stop buying new ones. I read them cover to cover, like a novel, before bed usually. I plaster them with sticky notes, tagging recipes, plotting out a meal agenda for the coming week, month, year. I know, total food nerd, right? The funny thing is, I almost never follow a recipe exactly.

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Sicilian Pasta

A few years ago we took the whole family to Sicily for two weeks. It still lingers in my memory as one of the best trips. Ever. It was beautiful, and charmingly rough around the edges. We swam in the brilliant teal Aeolian sea and drank cheap (and delicious) Salina Bianco out of small plastic cups on a boat, the salt from the sea drying on our lips and mingling with the wine.

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