Fluffly homemade whole wheat waffles

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Roasted cherry tomatoes and marinated zucchini

I have to report back and say that I have the best view from my ¬†new desk ūüôā can you spot the puppy chilling in the background?¬†flowers, marble table, laptop

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Eating lately

Before I left for New York, I went nuts at the farmer’s market and bought over 10 lbs of tomatoes, along with¬†all kinds of other produce. ¬†I was determined to eat as many as possible before¬†having to resort to making pasta sauce, since the flavor of these tomatoes was just incredible. ¬†We were on a pretty ridiculous tomato-eating kick.¬†We had heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese, basil, EVOO, and balsamic vinegar

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Easy peasy homemade yogurt in four simple steps

My family has been making yogurt at home for generations, and homemade yogurt is the thing I miss most when we are traveling. When my parents moved to the US in 1991, my dad came first and my mom followed with 3-year-old me and my 5 month old sister. They had to pack their life into a few suitcases, leaving everything familiar behind. This was well before the internet and decades before smart phones or Skype. One of the most valuable things my mom was able to bring with her was a small container of yogurt so that she could continue the tradition of making yogurt at home.  The culture that she brought in 1991 lives on to this day, and every time we would go on vacation she would allot yogurt into little containers and hide them in the back of the fridge and freezer so at least one would still be good when we returned home.  She has shared her yogurt starter with friends and family, and it lives all over the country and world.  If my mom made yogurt 3 times a week for the last 24 years, we are talking about over 3,700 generations!  Those are some crazy heirloom cultures!

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Puppy love and farmers market spoils

This week’s farmer’s markets were¬†out of control, literally exploding with every kind, color, and shape of produce. ¬†California, you have outdone yourself again! ¬†One farm was offering 10lbs of heirloom tomatoes for $20…needless to say I have a lot of capreses, salsas, and sauces in my future.

organic tomatoes at the farmers markets

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Kumquat marmalade

R came back from a friend’s home (Hi, Andrew and Brian!!) on Saturday with a huge bag of kumquats he had picked from their tree. I love kumquats, but eating them raw gives me a stomachache and so I decided to try to make a real marmalade.

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Jewel tone jams

The best part of being part of a CSA is the constant stream of deliciousness that comes to our front door every Thursday.  The hard part is keeping up with all the fresh and unfortunately perishable produce we get every week.  We got kumquats a few weeks ago and I immediately snacked on a handful. I love their tangy sweet taste, but eating too many kumquats straight gives me a stomachache.  After my first stomachache, they languished in the fridge for a while and I felt guilty every time I looked at them.

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Pickled carrots and jalape√Īos

I had never eaten at a taco truck, and had no idea what I was missing, before I moved to LA. One of my favorite things about taco trucks is the array of salsas, I am the person who gets a tiny container of every single salsa to make sure I’m not missing out on any deliciousness.  I am also obsessed with the pickled carrots and jalape√Īos they always have, but I had always assumed there was some special magic that would make them impossible to recreate at home. Well I have good news, they are surprisingly easy and just as delicious when you take the time to make them at home. 

 pickled jalapeno recipe

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Goat cheese stuffed sweet peppers

Goat cheese stuffed inside sweet pickled peppers and then topped with chopped pistachios…

Honey goat cheese stuffed sweet peppers

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The best black bean and corn salsa

This black bean and corn salsa is so delicious and it has such a burst of flavor. It is wonderful as a side, you can put it in a taco or quesadilla, or scramble it into eggs the next morning.¬† You could add chopped bell peppers to add some color or add in chipotle chiles in adobo sauce for an extra kick. It’s the perfect recipe to take to a potluck or a summer picnic, as it doesn’t need to be served cold and it travels well.

delicious vegan Black bean corn salsa recipe

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