Month: February 2018

Napa Carrot Soup

Napa Carrot Soup

       –garnished with sautéed pistachios, cilantro, and lemon or orange juice

A trip to Napa is incomplete without #1: getting there by going over the Golden Gate bridge and #2: tasting a little Napa Chard– short for Chardonnay–

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Friday Fish:  Oven Catfish Nuggets with Potato Wedges and Apple Coleslaw

Friday Fish: Oven Catfish Nuggets with Potato Wedges and Apple Coleslaw

I know there are those of you who have no truck with frying up your fish and maybe even your potatoes, too. Occasionally, when feeling terribly slim or outrageously defiant, I do the same.  Like here:

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Friday Fish: Spicy Tomato-Shrimp Stew (Stove Top or INSTANT POT)

Friday Fish: Spicy Tomato-Shrimp Stew (Stove Top or INSTANT POT)

I’ve been on a roll lately adapting a few of my favorite stovetop soup recipes to the INSTANT POT (IP); you’ll have noticed if you’ve been reading along. It’s total fun and I’m hooked.

What’s an INSTANT POT?   Click here to learn more.

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Salmon with Scallion Pesto on Broccoli-Parm Mash–Valentine’s Day at Home

Salmon with Scallion Pesto on Broccoli-Parm Mash–Valentine’s Day at Home

Mardi Gras Red Beans and Rice

Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday Bacon-Granola Pancakes with Fried Egg

Nothing says lovin’ like something from the…top of the stove. I hope you’re skipping the long wait and perhaps not-so-great-service at the restaurants on Valentine’s Day.  Go to your favorite spot some other time and give your best servers a break…  Instead, stay home and fix this luscious meal for you and your happiest partner, you and a friend, or just for yourself.

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Almond and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Almond and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (Gluten Free + Vegan)

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When you’re looking for food to fit specific diets or food preferences and you’re not used to cooking or baking those profiles, it’s best or easiest, anyway, to pick dishes that are naturally gluten free, for instance, or come perfectly vegan all by themselves, for another. Extra-Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème is a simple, happy dessert for a gluten free eater.  No flour to replace there.  Sumptuous summer strawberries and raspberries glistening with finely minced mint fills the bill for vegans, I’m thinking, because who doesn’t like strawberries and raspberries?

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