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Curried Red Lentil Vegetable Soup

Curried Red Lentil Vegetable Soup

Lunch & Dinner,Salad & Soup

I have been at Natural Chef school in Berkeley for about a month now and I feel very lucky to be studying with such knowledgeable teachers and to be learning with like-minded people who are passionate about cooking for health.   I am over the nervous gitters of being back in school and am slowly getting used to cooking in a commercial kitchen alongside a dozen classmates. We made stocks and soups this week at school and since it is getting chillier in most places I thought I would share a soup recipe from school.   I have to say here in Northern California (or NorCal as the locals say) it still feels like summer.   But Fall is on it's way…

Mango and Beet Salad

Mango and Beet Salad

Salad & Soup

                        Drawers emptied, furniture stored away, cars packed full on their way west... bags unpacked, drawers filled, google maps sucking the battery life from my iphone as we try to find the park where soccer practice starts in 3 minutes,  the kids brave through their first couple days of school and I am standing in front of the produce section of one of the biggest Wholefoods I have ever been in, mouth agape, as my eyes go from left to right, right to left and back again and again as I look in awe at the variety of produce before me. I think I'm gonna like it here.   Did…

Farmer’s Market Kale Salad

Farmer’s Market Kale Salad

Salad & Soup

  Every ingredient in this salad came from our Sunday farmer's market, except for the dressing.   This salad radiates summer.   The yellow tomatoes have the perfect sweetness.  I am not usually big on tomatoes but I was popping these into my mouth like candy.  We tried to tell the kids they were nature's version of a skittle in hopes that they would try one.   They were having nothing of it.   Big surprise. I could eat this salad everyday.   You can't help but feel healthy after a salad like this.             I am sure the Farmer’s Markets in California are going to blow me away.    In two weeks we leave Crested Butte with a little…

Tuna and Kalamata Olive Salad

Tuna and Kalamata Olive Salad

Lunch & Dinner,Salad & Soup

It’s been a while. It is really nice to be back on the blog. I hope you are all enjoying Spring wherever you are. I just returned from 2 amazing weeks at the beach and feel so refreshed and ready to go. Early morning walks on the beach are one of my favorite ways to start the day. I am going to miss that fine white sand on my toes. Spring at 9,000 feet is always interesting. It was nice to see almost of all the snow melted from our driveway when we got home and a warmish sunny day to greet us. The kids were a little disappointed that their sledding hill disappeared while we were away but they…

Quinoa Salad with Beets and Cucumbers

Quinoa Salad with Beets and Cucumbers

Lunch & Dinner,Salad & Soup

Happy Fathers Day!   I hope you are all celebrating the amazing father's and men in your life.  After a filling family breakfast and looking at all the cards the kids decorated for Eric, we sent him off for a long hike with some of his good friends.   The kids absolutely adore their dad, as do I. I think about my father often, but especially today.  This is my fourth father's day without him.   I picture him playing bridge somewhere and passionately discussing politics while eating chinese food, or maybe a big plate of onion rings.   To this recipe he would say keen-what?  And I would reply, Keen-WAH, Dad - Try it, it's really good for you.  You'll like it…

Avocado, Grapefruit and Watercress Salad

Avocado, Grapefruit and Watercress Salad

Salad & Soup

As the temperature warms up, we tend to crave more cooling foods.    This salad is a perfect summer salad. Tomorrow Max graduates from Miss Jenny's Friendship House Preschool.    Next Fall he is Kindergarten bound.  Luckily he gets to go to summer camp with the same kids and teacher, also a good friend of mine, or there might be lots of tears this week.    He told me the other day that he liked school better than TV.   Enough said.   Miss Jenny is pretty much a rock star in my house.   Jake is his best buddy and if we could just bring him with us to California next year, everything would be peachy in Max's world. Next week will officially…

Red Pepper Soup

Red Pepper Soup

Salad & Soup

Has any one else had the beach on their mind lately?   Let me tell you it has been co-old around here.   Last week around 11am the thermostat in my car read -6 degrees and I thought, "wow, it's warmed up 20 degrees already."    This week is considerably warmer but I have our beach vacation all booked for April.    Until then,  I will enjoy the snow and the beautiful blue sky days. We are deep in soup season.    And the upside of the cold weather is spending time inside a warm house, cooking.    I made some vegetable broth last week, which I try to do every few weeks or so - it is really so easy.  And it is…

Artichoke Soup with Polenta Croutons

Artichoke Soup with Polenta Croutons

Salad & Soup

I have decided to let go of my goal to exercise in the early morning before the kids wake up.    I am tired of being disappointed in myself before I have even stepped out of bed.   Who am I kidding?     It's hard enough for me to get up at 5:30 or 6am with a good night sleep so it's highly unlikely when I have been up with my daughter half the night. About a month ago, we stopped letting Cecilia crawl into bed with us in the middle of the night and instead I bring her back into her room, half asleep, bumping into furniture and mumbling things I shouldn't be.    She used to climb into our bed…

Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Beets and Apples

Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Beets and Apples

Salad & Soup

  I remember walking around Soho with some friends about 10 years ago looking for a place to eat dinner.  We checked out the menu at this tiny restaurant, saw that it was a vegan eatery and kept walking.  I thought to myself, "Why would anyone ever be vegan and what in the world would you eat?"  I couldn't imagine not eating chicken or cheese, eggs or bacon.  Fast forward 8 years and my thought became- "Wow.  Being  vegan makes so much sense to me.  Why isn't everyone vegan?   It's better for our bodies and better for our environment."   And if you are a family member (and probably some close friends too), I certainly talked a lot you a…

Lima Bean, Kalamata Olive and Basil Salad

Lima Bean, Kalamata Olive and Basil Salad

Appetizers & Sides,Salad & Soup

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer!  Mine has been great.  And busy.   Camping, picnics, music, guests,  birthday parties, shuffling kids to camps and activities, art shows, and finally, to really slow me down -back surgery.  It was long overdue and I am already feeling great.   No more hunching over in pain with a herniated disc while cooking over my stove.  I can walk with ease and it is such a great feeling! So I am finally getting a new recipe on my site.     The kids are both in school and the transition I was worried about was almost too easy this morning!   Max is at his first day of Pre-K and has been really excited to start.   Cecilia…

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