Strawberry Avocado Dagwood with Tarragon Mayo

When I think of strawberries, I think of Watsonville, California.  There are fields full of these luscious berries for as far as the eye can see.  And maybe this is completely nerdy, but I check to see if my strawberries came from Watsonville before I buy them.  I swear, they taste better.   Today’s sandwich…

Lemon Artichoke Asparagus Soup

For a time, we lived close to California’s Monterey Bay.  After a long day of hiking, we would stop off at one of the roadside artichoke farms for fried artichokes.  There is nothing like the smell of the beach, the fog rolling in, and the taste of farm fresh artichokes.   Since moving to the…

Herbed Stuffed Shells with Peas and Fennel

Spring makes me think of green.  Lots and lots of green.  When developing the recipes for this week, I found myself attracted to green vegetables.  It’s a week of peas, greens, asparagus and more.  One of my friends told me that I should call it “Green Week”, and that seems about right! Today’s recipe puts…

Hearty Sweet Potato Garbanzo Stew

Puchero is a peasant stew from Spain, but is prepared in a number of countries in Central and South America, and in the Phillippines.  The word “puchero” translates to “stew pot” in English.  Many times, the broth is made from meat or cured bones.  Depending on the country preparing it, there are variations in some of…

Cuban Black Beans

I love beans and rice. Maybe you do too? These budget-friendly black beans are easy and flavorful. Enjoy these delicious black beans over rice as a meal, or as a side to an entree, like Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja. Top it with vegan sour cream, top it with cilantro, top it with the sauce…

Slow Cooker Stewed Kidney Beans, Carrots and Chard with Bulgur

This recipe is inspired by the cuisine of the Middle East. It is incredibly simple, uses ten ingredients, and has a nice, subtle, low key flavor. If you are looking for a dish that’s comforting, budget-friendly and healthy, this is the one for you. And man, the carrots! The carrots taste so good. They really…

Spiced Carrot Soup

This soup is spicy in a warming curry way, bright from the lemon juice, savory from the fennel bulb, and a bit sweet from the carrots. All in all, it uses few ingredients, cooks up fast, and is very easy to make. And best of all, it tastes absolutely delicious. Ras el hanout is a…