Archive | January, 2012

Chanterelle Pasta

Posted on 29. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Chanterelle Pasta

Mountain Man has shown us how to find the gift of our forest, the chanterelle, by looking under old growth oak trees, in and around poisen oak patches and after winter rain falls. He has a keen eye that can detect a bump in the thick layer of fallen and decomposing oak leaves that signals […]

Paella with Pacific Spiny Lobster and Pasilla Peppers

Posted on 24. Jan, 2012 by in Family Dinners

Paella with Pacific Spiny Lobster and Pasilla Peppers

Paella is a traditional dish from Spain orginally known as a poor man’s lunch. Historically this dish of saffron flavored rice and vegetables was slow cooked in a flat pan over an open fire with whatever else that could be found anything from snails or rabbit to the scraps left in the fishing nets. Salty […]

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food

Sunday Morning Breakfast

My 11 year old son created the blueberry pancake wafflecone with whipped cream and lots of pure maple syrup for breakfast today. I knew those left over waffle cones could be used for more than just ice cream! I notice that whenever the children have a creative hand in the preparation of the meal they […]

Spiced Roasted Acorn Squash

Posted on 22. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food

Spiced Roasted Acorn Squash

I had acorn squash sitting around so I decided to make a tangy, sweet  marinade to infuse some new flavors. I leave the peel on because it is hard to peel when it is raw and because I like to pick up a cooked piece and eat it like I would a section of navel […]

Spinach and Basil Pesto Rigatoni with Yam Fries

Posted on 18. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Spinach and Basil Pesto Rigatoni with Yam Fries

    A baby hawk flew into the open chicken cage today. All the chickens were out roaming around the yard apparantly the hawk flew in for a drink of water. He opened up his wings to make himself look bigger and we got to see the beautiful underside. He hung around long enough for […]

Lentil Burgers

Posted on 16. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Quick Eats

Lentil Burgers

How many times have you worked away the morning only to get incredibly hungry and don’t want to spend much time making something yummy and healthy because you really just want to feel good and work on. These are the times when creativity is flowing for me and I wish I could turn the hunger […]

Pork Stew

Posted on 12. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Pork Stew

Layers of flavors slow cooked and melded together deliver a deep sense of comfort. After a dinner like this you just smile and relax. I like to take this dish to pot luck gatherings accompanied by small dishes of toppings like avocado, sour cream or baked spicy garbanzo beans. 6 dry pasilla peppers 2 lbs […]

Soba noodles with tumeric tofu and avocado

Posted on 05. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food

Soba noodles with tumeric tofu and avocado

  This dish was inspired by a breakfast in a tiny one griddle kitchen in Santa Cruz.  I turned the tumeric tofu scramble into a dinner dish with a saucy soba noodle, ripe avocado and toasted walnuts.  My kids loved it. 1 heaping tablespoon grated ginger 1/2 to 1 small raw yellow onion juice of […]

Wild caught salmon with olive tapenade and basil

Posted on 05. Jan, 2012 by in Family Dinners

Wild caught salmon with olive tapenade and basil

I love salmon and I am always looking for new ways to enjoy it.  The earthy saltiness of the olives combined with the richness of the salmon makes for a simple yet elegant dish. 4 pieces of center cut fillet skin off 1/4 cup black olive tapenade store bought or recipe follows 1/4 chopped fresh […]