Upside Down Walnut, Chocolate, & Pear Cake

November 21, 2017

Our little back house we are renting is about four miles from the ocean here in Costa Mesa/Newport Beach. We get the foggy marine layer on the mornings it chooses to hang over the coast, and we have a very tempered climate year round. In the past I’ve brushed southern California off as having no seasons, but this just isn’t true. I think with social media these days we see so much in the fall of the iconic leaves changing,…

Crunchy Kale & Quinoa Salad w/ Apple Cider Tempeh & Cinnamon Vinaigrette

November 16, 2017

I had a WOAH moment the other day that has me slightly laughing at my current situation. I was trying to brainstorm recipes for this year’s Thanksgiving, i.e. blending sauces, roasting vegetables, and making way too many gratins and things flavored with sage. There I was, standing in the kitchen looking at all of my Thanksgiving dishes either completed, half done, or still in the early stages, and thinking I really don’t want to eat any of this food. I asked myself…

Beet-Centric Hummus & Marinated Salad w/ Toasted Rye & Caraway Seeds

November 8, 2017

I come to you today with a pretty polarizing dish. Most people either love beets or avoid them like the plague (Hi Scott *wink wink*). Since I fall into the “love” category I accidentally ended up with a drawer filled with beets after this last weekend’s trip to the farmers market (plus the giant red beet that arrived in my Imperfect Produce box – it was half the size of my head!). So instead of trying to sneak beets into…