Butternut Squash Stuffed Mushrooms

This healthy vegetarian dish is easy to make and makes a great side dish for your fall or holiday dinner.  Substitute with smaller mushrooms for the perfect appetizer. Ingredients 4 Tablespoons butter 2 Tablespoon sage (chopped) 2 cups butternut squash (peeled and cubed) 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon pumpkin

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Cauliflower Pumpkin Risotto

By swapping cauliflower for rice and adding goat cheese, this recipe recreates the creamy texture for a healthier risotto option. Bonus: You will be out of the kitchen in under 30 minutes as the cauliflower cooks quicker than rice. Ingredients  1 head cauliflower (4-5 cups) 2 Tablespoons butter 1 Tablespoon sage (chopped) 1 onion, finely

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Quinoa Pizza Crust

Quinoa pizza crust is a great gluten-free alternative to pizza dough. It has a nutty taste and holds together perfectly when sliced. Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked quinoa (soaked for at least 8 hours) 1/4 cup water 1 garlic clove 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon. salt cooking spray Toppings desired: tomato sauce, onions, mushrooms, tomato,

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Blueberry Tarts

Blueberry tart made with puff pastry makes an easy summer dessert. Makes 4-6 Ingredients 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed 2 cups blueberries 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 Tablespoons corn starch 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tablespoon of water Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees

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Strawberry Gazpacho

As strawberries are in season,  try this refreshing version of the classic Spanish chilled vegetable soup. Serves 6 Ingredients 1/2  cucumber, peeled  1/2  red bell pepper, cored and seeded 1 tomato  1 shallot or 1/4 red onion 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved 2 Tablespoons balsamic  vinegar 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1

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Roasted Beets and Swiss Chard Salad

On my recent trip to Tanaka Farms in Irvine, I picked up some beautiful Swiss Chard and Beets which was perfect for a colorful salad. For this recipe, carrots and bean sprouts were added to the salad and topped with walnuts. Feel free to add other ingredients as desired. Ingredients 2-3 beets, peeled and cut

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St. Patrick’s Day Champagne Cocktails

While green beer has always been the drink of choice for St. Patrick’s Day,  add some variety with champagne based cocktails. When making any cocktails with Champagne, add the Champagne last to avoid overflow. Stirring is not necessary as the bubbles do most of the work, but if you do, stir slowly. To keep the

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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes – the perfect dessert for your St Patrick’s Day party. If you prefer to make a cake: butter or spray a springform or bundt pan and bake for about 35 minutes. Yields 24 cupcakes  Ingredients  Ganache Frosting 2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 cups (12oz) semisweet  or bittersweet chocolate Chocolate Cake 1 cup stout

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St Patrick’s Day Dinner Party

Hosting a dinner party for St. Patrick’s Day? You’ll have the luck of the Irish on your side when you rely on your crock pot to make the perfect corned beef and cabbage while you’re at work.  And to accompany your meal is an easy Irish Soda Bread recipe. Corned Beef Brisket is a cut

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Spring Salad with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

With the amazing produce spring brings, one of the best ways to enjoy it is in a fresh salad. From  asparagus to radishes to strawberries, this colorful and delicious salad can be served  as a meal or as side with  your Easter brunch. Serves 2-4 Ingredients:  1 cup  balsamic vinegar 3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive

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