dried beans with Parmesan rind in dutch oven
Meal Prep, Recipes

How to Cook Beans Quickly in the Oven

No pantry is complete without beans. If you have canned beans on hand, you can whip up a quick meal in no time. Dried beans, on the other hand, require some thinking ahead - you have to soak them overnight before using them...or do you? In today's post I'll cover how to cook beans quickly… Continue reading How to Cook Beans Quickly in the Oven

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Pumpkin and Prawn Thai Curry

This pumpkin and prawn Thai curry is the perfect antidote to a cold autumn evening. I first made this recipe last year after Halloween, when we had some extra pumpkin to use up. I've been making it off and on all year and now that pumpkin season is back, I thought I'd share it here.… Continue reading Pumpkin and Prawn Thai Curry

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Wild Rice and White Beans

Roasted tomatoes, wild rice and beans make this recipe an easy weeknight hearty meal. The soup is best with fresh, roasted tomatoes, but is still wonderful when using canned tomatoes from the pantry instead (see recipe notes for substitution guide). This recipe freezes well, so is great for batch cooking and meal prep. Roasting Tomatoes… Continue reading Roasted Tomato Soup with Wild Rice and White Beans

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Baked Rhubarb French Toast Strata

Whoa – what happened there?  I blinked and it’s May already.  Oops. I’ve been pretty quiet the past few weeks, taking some time for extra rest (the baby has me run off my feet!) but working on lots of fun stuff for you.  Last weekend was the first day of the summer Farmer’s Market near… Continue reading Baked Rhubarb French Toast Strata

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Roasted Carrot and Beet Salad with Carrot Top Pesto, Pumpkin Seeds and Feta

I finally got around to getting into the garden to get ready for this year and I found some carrots and beets that made it all the way through the winter without being touched (which is a miracle if you consider how often the dog sneaks out and steals carrots straight from the ground). I… Continue reading Roasted Carrot and Beet Salad with Carrot Top Pesto, Pumpkin Seeds and Feta

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Avgolemono Pasta with Spring Vegetables

Now that we’ve had a few weeks of spring weather on the West Coast, the menu at our house is starting to lighten up a bit.  Less soups and stews in the rotation and more salads and dishes featuring fresh spring vegetables.  Although, some of the rainy spring days still call for a warm cup… Continue reading Avgolemono Pasta with Spring Vegetables

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Wendy’s Peanut Butter Cookies

One of my favorite treats growing up was my mother's homemade peanut butter cookies. They were perfect for dunking into a glass of cold milk. I remember watching my mother sitting in the living room, wooden spoon and mixing bowl on her lap, watching the news while she creamed together the butter and sugar. My… Continue reading Wendy’s Peanut Butter Cookies