Thursday, September 24, 2020

Maple Apple Cake

Maple Apple Cake Slice
Filled with a layer of local apples and cinnamon, sweetened with maple syrup, and topped off with walnuts this Maple Apple Cake is Fall simplicity at its best. It’s just as good for breakfast on a crisp morning as it is for an afternoon treat with a cup of tea or hot cider.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Grilled Stone Fruit with Honey Whipped Cream

Grilled Stone Fruit with Honey Whipped Cream

I know it's September, but I'm just not ready to let go of summer and start "pumpkin spice" season. (Although contrary to popular opinion, I'm not really a fan of pumpkin spice anyway.) This dessert of simple grilled stone fruit (nectarines, peaches, apricots, and plums) with honey whipped cream and a sprinkle of fresh thyme is my way of holding onto the tastes of summer. 

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Watermelon Mint Sorbet

Watermelon Mint Sorbet

It's August. It's been hot. It's going to continue to be hot.

This weather makes it very easy, maybe a little too easy, for me to rationalize indulging in one of my biggest weaknesses - ice cream. So, I came up with this recipe as a much healthier way to satisfy my craving for a sweet refreshing treat. 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Middle Eastern Zucchini Boats

With a hearty does of zaatar seasoning and a lemony tahini drizzle, these vegetarian stuffed zucchini boats are the perfect way to use up a bountiful zucchini harvest.

Got zucchini? Any gardener knows that’s a silly question. Duh?! Of course, they do; like a lot, like help, I need ways to keep up with the constant zucchini harvest. I hear you. I've got you, fellow zucchini-burdened gardeners. With a hearty dose of zaatar seasoning and a lemony tahini drizzle, these vegetarian stuffed zucchini boats are the perfect way to use up a bountiful zucchini harvest.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Rosemary Walnut Crackers

Rosemary Walnut Crackers | Local Food Rocks

I received free samples of California Walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Walnuts and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

TGIF gang! It is Friday, right?! Right now I'm very thankful for technology because it's how we're able to "stay connected" with family and friends. Weekly virtual happy hours help break up our life-from-home routine where the days blur together. The virtual-thing is not exactly the perfect substitute for our normal Friday get-together at our neighborhood watering hole, but I'll take what I can get.

Just like there are moments lately when I feel the need to put on "real clothes" and "look more presentable," there are moments when I feel the same way about my snacks for our virtual hang-outs.  I mean, why not get a little fancy to celebrate getting through another week of quarantine? These easy to make rosemary walnut crackers will definitely elevate the flavor and specialness of your next happy hour nosh, virtual or not.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Butternut Squash Noodle Egg Nests

Butternut Squash Noodle Egg Nests | Local Food Rocks

We may be stuck inside a bit more than usual, but Spring is happening all around us. Trees are budding, daffodils are blooming, and the birds are flittering about building nests. And, that’s where the inspiration sprang up for this recipe.

These butternut squash noodle "nests" are easy, fun to make, super healthy, and delicious!

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Keep Calm, Stock Up + Cook On

Healthy Ideas for Stocking Your Pantry | Local Food Rocks

Holy crap it’s been a crazy few weeks of quarantines, school closings, canceled events, and travel restrictions. And, I think more is coming.

In addition to discussions about social distancing, washing your darn hands and all the other disinfecting protocols, this seems like a good time to talk about stocking up your pantry and home with good eats that can last a while. As the Girl Scouts say, be prepared.

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