Tomato Tatin

  This summer I picked up a Vin et Cuisine (Food & Wine) magazine that was a bonus issue for subscribers.  It has 132 summer recipes organized by main ingredient, i.e. tomatoes, eggplant, figs, etc.  I have been systematically cooking recipes from it since August.  For the past several weeks the farmers have been getting … Continue reading

Roasted Tomato Soup

As the tomato season is wrapping up, I am receiving the final harvest from the cooperative and buying them in bulk for cheap at the market.  These tomatoes are mostly only good for soups and sauces.  So I delved into my favorite soup cookbook to see if there was something I could use for this … Continue reading

Andalusian Tomato Gazpacho {raw}

This summer I continued to work on some raw soup recipes.  Raw soups with summer vegetables are much easier and logical than fall and winter crops.  And of course, with the heat outside, it’s nice and refreshing to eat cooler foods for lunch and dinner.  Out of all the summer soups, I would consider the … Continue reading

Chestnut Cream Brittle {gluten free+ vegan}

This dessert is more like a science experiment.  I saw Nigella Lawson make this on her show once and thought, how fun is that?  I cannot find her recipe because I don’t remember what she called it, but this is essentially what she did.  I found this recipe on Martha via Pinterest.  The original … Continue reading

Fava Bean Risotto

What’s so great about Risotto?  You can put ANYTHING in it…well almost anything.  All of the spring vegetables are inspiring me to make things green, like fava beans and sweet peas and snow peas.  I use a Giada DeLaurentiis recipe for basic risotto.  These fava beans can be sub’d for the sweet peas you might … Continue reading

Pearl Pasta Alfredo with Sweet Peas

I have been using this Giada de Laurentiis recipe for Alfredo sauce for over a year now.  It is light, creamy, full of lemony goodness and fail proof.  I can’t recommend it enough. My husband loves it when I use it with those teeny tiny pearl pasta bits.  This week at the producers market, I … Continue reading

Chard and Spinach Pesto {vegan+raw}

My sister sent me this chard pesto recipe from a blog called ‘closet cooking’: Swiss Chard Pesto.   The first time I made it, I added spinach and removed the jalapeños…I didn’t have enough chard and my husband doesn’t eat spicy food. I have made it at least 5 times since then with several variations as … Continue reading

White Chili à la Provençale {vegetarian}

A year or so ago I went to a chili cook off here in Aix.  I of course made a pot with my dad’s recipe.  A classic ground beef & pork combination with some lovely chili powders he orders from Pendery’s in Texas.  When he makes it it’s great.  When I made it…it was less … Continue reading

Everybody needs Sprouts!

  I started sprouting seeds last fall.  Sprouts are considered a superfood and honestly they are also super delicious.  My husband and I eat them on crackers, french bread, sandwiches and salads.  They really are a better way to snack. I recently subscribed to Food & Wine magazine for my iPad.  They published an article … Continue reading