Family Dinner Plan: Is Fall here already?

Fall begins, I guess. The air smells different, a little crisper. And the shadows seem a little longer, but as Andy, our Mariquita Farms farmer pointed out, the first official day of fall is not until Sunday, September 22. I think in reality it has started a little earlier! In our veggie box from Mariquita

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Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potatoes and Sausage (recipe)

Sweet Potatoes are a super food, and while I generally associate them with fall and winter cooking, they are good year round. They are great roasted and tossed with pomegranate syrup, mashed with lots of butter and salt as a side dish, made into soup, and sweet potato pie. Every year, I am invited to

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Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Crust (recipe)

This recipe is so outstanding it deserves a separate post to ensure the recipe sticks around. The combination of ground lamb and sweet potato is spectacular, and this is the kind of dish that is perfect on a cold Sunday, or rainy weekday. I actually made the stew the night before and roasted the sweet

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Family Dinner Plan: Holiday helpers

My menu this week was created with recipes straight out of my Sunday newspaper! How easy is that? Easy. Here is my menu plan for the week of December 10: Sunday: Shepherd’s Pie with sweet potato crust, roasted Brussel sprouts, salad with fennel and persimmons Monday: Spaghetti squash with walnut-sage pesto, grilled chopped steak, salad

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My Monday Menu Plan: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Peppers

Sweet Peppers Huge weekend away, in San Francisco, for the BlogHer Food 2010 conference. I am back home today, getting myself squared away for the week and trying to remember all the interesting things I heard and saw and tasted. Made several new friends and caught up with folks I have known since I started

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My Monday Menu Plan: Pumpkin (already!)


Pumpkin Pumpkins are in season now, guess summer is over. Well, except not here, where we did not really have a summer. Tomatoes are just ripening, chilis are looking good, eggplants are almost ready, and I think I have a cucumber or two on the vine. But a Baby Bear Pumpkin did arrive in our

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