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Warm Beet Salad with Citrus Viniagrette

Beets look like jewels, taste like sweet earth, and even turn your pee hot pink. In other words, they are the perfect food.  I’m always a little taken aback upon learning  someone hates beets. When I meet these curious creatures, I ask whether they’ve ever had fresh ones rather than those limp crinkle cut discs from sad salad bars.…

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VEGAN SALTED CARAMEL MACAROONS

October, 2011- it’s safe to say that my first October #unprocessed was a major learning experience. I was shocked to learn that the natural flavors in my lemon fuzzy water were anything but natural. Soy lecithin in chocolate? They sell lecithin at the health food store, so I really never thought anything of it.…

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Homemade Ketchup from Plums and Red Wine

This recipe for plum & zinfandel ketchup is inspired by The Dry Creek Valley. Made from local plums, zinfandel wine, and zinfandel vinegar, and spiced with star anise, everything about this condiment reminds me of Sonoma County, the place I call home.

A blogger trip to Sonoma County’s wine country was just the thing I needed to provide the final nudge to leave San Francisco.…

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Avocado Salad Recipe

Rockabilly on the radio, a thermos full of iced coffee, shades on, I headed down the 101 towards some of my favorite people on earth.  By the time I hit the I5, I was listening to This American Life, a road trip companion second only to my husband.  Nine hours after the time I left Sonoma County, I arrived in Murrietta, CA.…

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Spending time on pinterest and on food blogs, you may get the impression that we bloggers never buy anything. We’ll DIY anything from fruit leather  to hand foraged soda pop  to homemade sous vide machines.

It’s true, the homemade bug has bitten me. I make a lot of my condiments, my granola, my horchata, and once I even attempted to rock out some donut-infused vodka.…

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Coconut Sesame Granola-- Vegan and Gluten Free

I am not above waxing poetic about my love of breakfast. At least ¼ of my instagrams feature breakfast as the subject. I wasn’t always this way. Until I was in my 20’s, I wasn’t crazy about eating the morning. When I did eat breakfast, it was almost always savory; I remember eating spinach for Saturday morning breakfasts when I was five or six.…

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Vegan Chocolate Tart with Blood Orange Caramel and Grain Free Crust

When I was about six, I worked it out in my head that if August 4th was my birthday, February 2nd must be my half birthday. While I wasn’t exactly right about that, you’ve got to love the logic behind it. Fast forward 20 years to August 28th, 1999- that was the day I met my future husband.…

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Vegan Gluten Free Glazed Carrots with Indian spices

Happy 2013! After a holiday season veritably bursting with love and laughter, I’m welcoming another spin around the sun with open arms. 2012 was a very full year, and it’s hard to believe that it went by so quickly. Though, as I reflect on 2012, it’s hard to imagine that I packed so much into one year.…

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