Strawberry Ginger Honey Jam

Strawberries are nearing the end of their season here but you can still pick up these beautiful treats for a great price at LA’s Farmer’s Markets.  I grabbed a gorgeous 3 pack yesterday for $5 and felt compelled to break out the mason jars when I got home to cook up some jam.  Making jam…

How to Make Kale Pesto

For this demonstration I used: 1/2  of a bunch of kale 1/3 of a bunch of basil 2 cloves of garlic 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 cup walnuts You will probably want to add a bit of salt and my guess would be that most people are going to want more oil as well —…

100 Mile Diet: Day Four — Reaching Nirvana

I’m now on Day 4 of my 100 mile diet challenge and I’m trying to remember when I last felt this amazing.  There is a lightness to my body I had long since forgotten should, by all natural purposes, reside here within me.  I’m losing a little weight — not that I wanted to or…

An Introduction to Eating Seasonally

Acorn Squash http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/acorn-squash/Detail.aspx http://homecooking.about.com/b/2009/10/25/acorn-squash-recipes.htm Heirloom Tomatoes http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/805309/heirloom-tomato-recipes http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitchen-assistant/fresh-heirloom-tomato-recipes-00400000019014/ Beet Greens For dinner I sautéed beet greens with sorrel and then added heirloom tomatoes, goat feta and walnuts.  Absolutely perfect.   Here are some more ideas. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/08/health/nutrition/08recipehealth.html http://food.gearlive.com/food/article/moroccan-beet-green-salad-recipe http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/roasted-beets-and-sauteed-beet-greens/Detail.aspx

100 Mile Diet: Day One

Day one of my foray into the 100 mile diet began  this morning and the BBQ sauce and capers were moved far into the recesses of my refrigerator shelf.  A cloudy morning parted and the sun came out to greet me at not one, but two of Los Angeles’ Sunday Farmer’s Markets.  First off to…

My 7,000 Mile Capers

A couple of years ago I read the book Plenty: One Man, One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon.  Now the equivalent of  rock stars in the movement to eat locally and sustainably, this Vancouver couple chronicled their trials and tribulations during 12 months spent only eating foods that…

How to Make Your Own Kale Chips

Even the most sceptical of leafy green eaters quickly becomes a convert  when I present them with my kale chips.  Crunchy, salty and without all the guilt that comes with eating a bag of Lays, these chips are a nutritious and tasty treat.  You can pick them up in stores like Whole Foods but they…

The Hidden Beauty of Baking Bread

  I always work to feel connected to my food and where it comes from. I shop my local Farmer’s Market weekly.  I read labels to see where my food is produced.  I cook about 90% of my meals at home and am very conscious about what ingredients I choose to use.  And still there…