Cognac-Pecan Skillet Brie

By | 2017-08-04T10:44:54+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Egg Free, Fish Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Ashley gives us a mouthwatering recipe for cognac-pecan skillet brie and teaches us that going camping doesn't mean that you have to forgo great food.

November Thoughts + Quinoa Zucchini Lasagna

By | 2016-11-22T10:03:17+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , |

It’s almost Thanksgiving and with a difficult past few weeks, I’ve needed to pull my family and friends close. We’ve needed more support, more connections, and more shared meals. I feel so grateful for the wonderful people in my life and the network that keeps us going. Being the food-based holiday that it is, Thanksgiving provides a unique opportunity for coming together with folks you might see every day, and folks you only see a few times a year. I [...]

Elizabeth’s Top 8 Corn Ingredient Substitutions

By | 2017-05-03T13:18:56+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This past Saturday night, instead of going out with friends or having a date night out with my husband, he and I decided to stay in and make a GREAT meal. And I do mean great. Lately, most of our time has been completely filled with extra meetings, assignments, friends, and travel, so we needed this time to reconnect to our kitchen. As I was prepping the dressing for a steak salad, I paused and realized that it didn’t take [...]

Fall Changes + Tahini Crusted Baked Tilapia

By | 2016-09-13T12:01:19+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fall is here, kids are back in school--and I’m definitely feeling  the shift in the season. From a carefree work environment to one with more structure. Seriously, my first day back from vacation at the end of August felt like October was booked already! With fall comes the smell of cinnamon, hot drinks, and cozy fires...but before I pull out my scarves or dust off my boots, I want to share some things that I learned on our break this [...]

Vacation Manifesto + Back-burner Tomato Sauce

By | 2016-09-07T12:35:41+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For many of us, summer is ending: school has started again, the weather is getting cooler, and our minds are turning to pumpkins, apples, and the Halloween decorations lining the stores. And although I am ready to leave behind some parts of summer, I’m not ready to  leave behind a topic many think of as only belonging to summer: vacations. For one thing, why do we normally think of vacations as belonging to summer? As adults, we can take them [...]

Dinner in Istanbul + Mediterranean Couscous Salad

By | 2016-07-01T18:47:36+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the roof of a 6-story building, the hostess led me to my table. As I sat down, I took in the sights and sounds around me: the other diners, the kitchen, the bar, and beyond that, the sprawling city of Istanbul. It was dinner time in late May, so the sun was low in the sky, casting an enchanting orange glow on hundreds of minarets as far as I could see. I knew with a setting like this, dinner [...]

Sustainability + Slow-Cooker Carnitas

By | 2016-04-11T17:33:28+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This month, I’ve been thinking about the word “sustainability.” Yes, sustainable means what you think it means. Merriam-Webster defines it as “able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed.” But it is also  comprised of two separate words: “sustain” and “able” –something that is able to sustain. Ok, so maybe this isn’t a massive revelation, but before you roll your eyes, let’s pursue this idea. Sustainability is a big part of my community’s vernacular, and we’ve ignored [...]

How to Divide a Whole Chicken

By | 2016-03-30T12:02:35+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally posted on April 2014. I began buying whole chickens a few years ago when I was doing a little cost comparing while grocery shopping. Fear overcame me because I did not know how to cut a chicken! And it felt gross! But after watching this video a few times, and practicing on a few chickens, I saw how easy it actually is. After a few weeks, I realized the my ethics had shifted, and I wanted to buy whole chickens because [...]

Chicken Sausage Dolmas

By | 2016-03-10T14:47:21+00:00 March 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don't know if I have mentioned this, but my husband and I live with another couple and their baby (it helps when you live in Southern California). The other husband is part Syrian and has made something that he calls "yebret" (Mediterranean Grape Leaf Rolls). He recently made some, but had leftover grape leaves...so I decided to make dolmas. We found a local Greek grocery store that carries grape leaves that are gluten and corn free.   I began by placing [...]

Taking Time to Slow Down and Eat + Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

By | 2016-03-04T17:28:04+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I can’t tell tell you how many times I skip meals and just graze on whatever is around me.  By the time I get home I am famished and hangry (hungry + angry). Whoever is in my path is going to get destroyed, so let this be your warning. I forget to enjoy my food. I forget that I can really love food. I forget that food is an important element that keeps us alive. Loving food is something I [...]