Category Archives: Seasonal

Gluten-Free Blueberry Polenta Pancakes

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Happy Sunday morning to you! We’re enjoying a lazy start to the day and happy tummies, thanks to these scrumptious Gluten-Free Blueberry Polenta Pancakes. I haven’t been making a big deal about it here, but Marvin and I have both … Continue reading

Simple Roasted Cauliflower

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Sometimes the simplest foods taste the best. Take roasted cauliflower for example. Olive oil, salt, pepper, and a splash of lemon juice are all that is needed to turn a humble head of cauliflower into something extraordinary. Normally I wouldn’t … Continue reading

Mushroom Soup with Cashews & Wild Rice

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Here is a luscious and rich mushroom soup perfect for a Meatless Monday in January. Mushroom stock blended with roasted cashews makes a creamy base for earthy wild rice, shiitake mushrooms and fresh thyme. We lucked out this weekend at … Continue reading

Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Molasses

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Beautiful beets. Full of good-for-you vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals  - beets are a superfood that may even improve heart health and lower your risk of diabetes. I love the sweet, earthy taste and silky texture of roasted beets, … Continue reading

Gluten Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake

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My friend, Debbie, recently discovered that eating a gluten-free diet makes her feel so much better in so many ways. Debbie also loves chocolate, so when I saw this Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake recipe in my Hollyhock: Garden to Table cookbook, … Continue reading

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Red Lentil Dal + Video

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A couple of months ago Marvin and I took an incredible trip to South India. I’ve been lucky to travel to some very interesting places in the last few years, but South India was, for me, just simply over the … Continue reading

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Mexican Chicken Chop Salad

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Inspiration can come from anywhere. On a recent trip to our West Seattle Trader Joe’s, I discovered an incredibly delicious reduced-fat Cilantro Dressing in the refrigerator section. Just one taste of this creamy, garlicky, cilantro-filled sauce had me thinking about … Continue reading

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Grilled Salmon and Quinoa Salad

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One of our favorite things to do on winter weekends is to get together with our friends, Rob and Cathy, and drive up to the Cascade Mountains to let our doggies, Charley and Sadie, run and play in the snow. … Continue reading

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Salmon Sashimi with Ginger and Hot Sesame Oil

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Oh, Boy! Have I got a luscious treat for you today. Now, before I get into it, I want you to keep an open mind. I did, and I’m soooooo happy about it. I read just a little tidbit about … Continue reading

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free Spinach Dip

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Do you have friends or co-workers with those challenging dietary restrictions… like gluten free, dairy free, raw foods only, vegan?  Ever wonder what to take to a work party or social event that everyone can eat? Well, here it is… … Continue reading

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Low-Fat Italian Wedding Soup

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Italian Wedding Soup is one of Marvin’s all-time favorites. He loves the little meatballs floating in the rich chicken broth, the bites of pasta and the sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top. And, he doesn’t even think twice about eating … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles

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We woke up this morning to the most incredible, crisp, breezy, beautiful, blue-sky Seattle day. Fall is in the air, the sun is shining, and pumpkin season is officially here! In honor of the changing season, I decided to make … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls +Video

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Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls are one of my favorite summer foods. Paper-thin wrappers hold tidy bundles of fresh vegetables, herbs, rice noodles, tofu and shrimp. Add a little nuoc cham and peanut sauce, and Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls are the … Continue reading

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Hollyhock Salad Dressing

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Looking at this picture makes me crave a salad – a big, beautiful salad tossed with Hollyhock Salad Dressing. It’s my new favorite! More on that in a minute. But first, the garden… these gorgeous greens belong to our wonderful … Continue reading

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Quinoa Salad with Almonds & Raisins

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Yesterday I wrote about one of my favorite grains, Wild Rice, and shared a protein packed recipe for Wild Rice Salad with Edamame & Tofu. Today it is time to move on to: FAVORITE GRAIN #2 – Quinoa (keen-wah) The … Continue reading

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Steph’s Baked Tofu

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West Seattle is a great place to live… we’ve got views, water, parks, beaches, a casual neighborhood vibe, and several really amazing grocery stores, including PCC Natural Market. PCC is the kind of place where you want to shop in your yoga pants without … Continue reading

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Wild Alaskan King Salmon Burgers

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Do you love salmon but feel let down when you eat a salmon burger? I often do… because most are made with fillers, like bread crumbs, which leave them dry and unappetizing.  Well here is a recipe that will change … Continue reading

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Low-Fat Apple Walnut Scones

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I wanted to use apples and walnuts in a recipe one more time this month, since they are both great power foods. I found an apple scone recipe, adapted it slightly and added some chopped walnuts. My ski weekend girlfriends … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

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Why not treat yourself to something wonderful, like these delicious and easy to make Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins? The light sour cream keeps them moist and the whole wheat flour and organic blueberries make them a little healthier than your average … Continue reading

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Kale, Banana and Apple Smoothie

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  We were at the store last night and I said to Toby, “I need to get some kale”.  He demanded to know what I needed it for, as if I was going to sneak it into something and not … Continue reading

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Walnut Crusted Salmon Filets

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Wild Pacific Salmon is a true super food. It is uniquely high in omega-3 fatty acids, and loaded with protein, vitamin D, B-12, and other important vitamins and minerals. If you are concerned about sustainable fishing (as I am), it’s … Continue reading

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