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Asparagus En Papillote

Farmers markets are wonderful places to discover regenerative springtime delicacies, such as life-enhancing superfoods like the asparagus featured here.    This recipe is a revival from an older post.  The presentation is dramatically delicious, adding a sense of discovery as one unfolds the steaming parchment.  An additional advantage is this is a quick and easy… Continue reading Asparagus En Papillote

Alu Methi Tikki

Vegetarian traditions are found in cultures around the world, with India being the most prominent.  As a young man, I journeyed there four times and experienced the marvelous cuisine first-hand in homes, temples restaurants and street cafes.  I learned the value of treating every meal and each morsel with respect and appreciation.  I also discovered… Continue reading Alu Methi Tikki

The Cacao Tree Cafe

Amber Poupore was one the most exceptional employees I had at Inn Season Cafe, wanting to learn everything about the restaurant business.  She started as a dishwasher and viewed it as the beginning of a learning process.  She was a natural and soon had mastered every possible job in the restaurant, never shying away from… Continue reading The Cacao Tree Cafe

A May Tour of the Hillcrest Farmers Market

  May at the Hillcrest Farmers Market in San Diego is a wonderful immersion into the world of produce, fresh food and warm community spirit.  This week I did my usual tour of farmer’s booths and before long, I was carrying 4 canvas bags overflowing with the organic bounty of the day. La Milpa Organica… Continue reading A May Tour of the Hillcrest Farmers Market

Celebratory Cooking

Opportunities arise throughout the year to celebrate.  Some of the biggest challenges a vegetarian host faces is developing a menu which will satisfy everyone–the carnivores and vegetarians alike.  Generally speaking, vegetarians are very easy to please.  They tend to be so food-deprived at parties, that when they attend an event where they can trust everything… Continue reading Celebratory Cooking

Heavenly Vanilla

Few culinary ingredients evoke more passion or have the sensual complexity of vanilla.  In its direct, pure state, it is like heavenly ambrosia.  More often, it is the secret ingredient which compliments other spices and flavors, putting the final balancing touch to a dessert, pastry or the occasional savory dish. Most of us have experienced… Continue reading Heavenly Vanilla