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What to Bring to the Gluten-Free Vegan Potluck: Quinoa-Adzuki Bean Salad

What to Bring to the Gluten-Free Vegan Potluck: Quinoa-Adzuki Bean Salad

Tired of taking hummus n’ carrots to every vegan potluck? Feel the quinoa love instead with this vegan, gluten-free, extra-tasty quinoa-adzuki bean salad.

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Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Mint, Almonds, and Caramelized Onions

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Mint, Almonds, and Caramelized Onions

| April 15, 2011 | 4 Comments

A perfect spring salad of tender sugar snap peas, refreshing mint, toasted almonds, and caramelized onions.

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Green as Grass: Asparagus Salad for Spring

Green as Grass: Asparagus Salad for Spring

The grass is here! The first crop of California-grown asparagus has arrived. Find out how to choose, cook, and enjoy these succulent spears, with a recipe for Spring Asparagus Salad.

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Alternative Grains: Millet and Quinoa Recipes

Alternative Grains: Millet and Quinoa Recipes

| January 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Millet and quinoa are two alternatives to rice and wheat. They taste great and cook up easy in a rice cooker. Recipes for Nutty Millet and Curried Quinoa Salad.

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Two Unique Yet Familiar Holiday Side Dishes

Two Unique Yet Familiar Holiday Side Dishes

| December 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Here we are again, the holidays… gastronomy’s ultimate do over time of the year. Everyone’s getting fired up about brining birds, smoking hogs, roasting vegetables, buttering breads and sampling sweets. But it’s the same old tired stuff as last year… and the year before that. So you might be asking the question “What can I do to change it up a bit…add some sass to the meal without everyone screaming foul?” How about making a few changes to your side dishes. Here are two easy-to-make dishes that will add unique yet familiar flavors to the holiday meal.

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End of Summer Squid Salad

End of Summer Squid Salad

Seeing huge bins of watermelons sharing curb space with jack o’ lanterns is just one of the quirkier joys of our California calendar. Even as the days shorten and the nights draw in, there’s still a handful of balmy days to enjoy. Bask in the last days of summer with this refreshing Thai-inspired squid and melon salad.

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It’s Easy Being Green on Halloween

It’s Easy Being Green on Halloween

| October 28, 2009 | 3 Comments

Two Halloweens ago, I bashed baby costumes, and heaped quite specific vitriol on the infamous Martha Stewart lobster baby costume.
Little did I know that a year later, I’d be knocked up (the planned kind of knocked up), and that two years later (meaning now), I’d lie awake at night lactating and plotting my baby’s first truly public embarrassment: his 2009 Halloween costume.

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Summer Salad Project

Summer Salad Project

Could you cook a whole locally-sourced dinner without really trying? The Summer Salad Project takes locavore eating down to a few pots in a Bernal backyard, augmented with some local farm love. The result? Some mighty good eating. Pass the mayonnaise!

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I Hate(d) Peas

I Hate(d) Peas

| May 15, 2009 | 2 Comments

Look at me, I’m eating peas. I’m nearly 40 years old and I’m eating peas. Who says middle-aged men don’t have growth spurts?

I never cared for peas as a child. Perhaps that’s too mildly put. I had always hated peas. No, still not enough. I had a terror of peas as a child.

That’s more like it.

I would not touch them, I hated looking at them, and I certainly would never eat them. If I saw them on television, I would either cover my eyes or run from the room, just as I did anytime I saw two people kissing. Peas,for no good reason, caused me acute emotional distress. When it was beef stew night in our household, I thought my mother was making it specifically to torture me.

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I Heart Pea Shoots

I Heart Pea Shoots

| February 12, 2009 | 5 Comments

Sure, I love chocolate truffles and Valentine’s Day goodies, but February has another sweet treat: pea shoots. If you haven’t tried these lovely greens before, you’re in luck because they’re all over the farmer’s market right now. And, at $1 or $2 a bag, you can feel the love.

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