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January 23, 2017

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Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup to Sooth the Soul

Similar to white cauliflower, this vegetable's vibrant purple actually not only adds beauty but nutrition as well! Its hue is a result of those amazing flavonoids and, hidden within, an abundance of vitamins and healthy fiber too!

A lesser known fact, although white cauliflower is in the same family as cabbage, purple cauliflower is actually in the same family as broccoli, the brassica family. And now the nod to its health benefits begins to make sense! (read more)

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January 19, 2017

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Creamy, Wonderful Forbidden Rice Breakfast Pudding

Forbidden Rice – even from its name sounds exotic and wonderful! Grown on hundreds of small family farms in Heilongjiang, the Black Dragon River region of China’s northeast provinces, legend has it that this ancient grain – referred to as ‘longevity rice’, – was reserved for the emperors of China. Treasured for its delicious roasted nutty taste, soft texture and beautiful deep purple color, forbidden rice is also known for its natural source of antioxidants called anthocyanins – purple pigments also found in blueberries and açai – but without the sugar. A dramatic presence on any plate or in any bowl, (read more)

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December 07, 2016

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Exploring The "Fruit of the Gods" - The Fuju Persimmon!

Persimmon Upside Down Cake
I don’t know if you’re like most of us around here and are perhaps a bit intimidated by that beautifully formed, bright orange orb that ripens this time of year in trees all around the Napa Valley. Yes, it’s colorful and plentiful, gracing landscapes across the Valley with welcomed color as the leaves fall from the trees and the vines leaving the landscape a bit otherwise bare. ( Read more... )

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June 21, 2016

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CRISP Cucumber Berry Blast Smoothie

A great way to start the day, this smoothie begins with juicy cucumbers, the perfect summer hydration. The berries are bursting with flavor and natural sweetness along with cell protecting antioxidents. The coconut butter is rich in omegas, and the basil – fresh and fragrant from the garden – is rich in Vitamin A and K plus lutein and zeaxanthin, both eye-protective. And the collard greens, a nod to my southern roots, along with the chard, are rich in vitamins and fiber. (read more)

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June 20, 2016

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Quinoa Tabbouleh - A Delicious Alternative to Tradition!

Quinoa Tabbouleh anchors this bowl

The best recipes in the summertime are those that don't take a lot of forethought or preparation.  This recipe comes together quickly and is amazingly forgiving. Substitutions welcome!  And if you're keen on a bit more 'acid' to bring out the best in a dish, like I am, squeeze in a bit more lemon juice or a dash more vinegar just before serving.   (read more)

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June 02, 2016

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Our Version of the Cowboy Cookie - Pack them as a part of your Summer picnic!

 

 

Whether you take them on the trail or have them with your afternoon matcha latté, you'll appreciate their deliciousness and an energy boost too!  It's an easy recipe that comes together quickly.  Enjoy! (see more)

 

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May 03, 2016

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The 'Cheesiest' Kale Chips Ever!

 

The ultimate snack food! The unassuming little kale chip. It's at the same time as satisfying as it is good for you. Yay!  There aren't many snack foods with that claim! And with minimal effort, you can have enough kale chips for cocktail hour and your children's school lunches.  Clearly a win win!

There are many, many kale chip recipes out there but my favorite includes, besides the quintessential nutritional yeast, (read more)

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