All posts filed under: Holiday Recipe Ideas

Food: Dinner Tonight – Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are in season and naturally this is the time of year, I make this vegetable in so many variations and just devour a bunch in one sitting.  So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this recipe and of course I had to share. Is your mouth watering yet? INGREDIENTS 2 slices thick cut bacon, chopped 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil kosher salt and pepper 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/3 cup medjool dates, pits removed and chopped 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 8 ounces Halloumi cheese, cubed (continued)

Thanksgiving Part II – Desserts In Gluten-free form

In keeping up with my gluten-free menu this year, I have made my selection for thanksgiving desserts from here.  And frankly, the choices are a refreshing alternative to the usual pumpkin pie and such that’s been served in our household year in and year out.  Here are my picks for Thanksgiving 2016:

Food: Caramelized Onion Focaccia Bread

The best Focaccia bread I’ve had, was in Portofino, Italy at any of the number of bakeries aligning the narrow pathways leading to the water’s edge. One in particular was Panificio Canale. I stuffed my face at one sitting or standing actually since there is no space to take a seat inside. And then brought some to go – which hardly lasted past the night. In San Francisco I often search for the best of   Focaccia in our Italian neighborhood, North Beach, and although I find them here and there worth a try, they are not the same as the ones in Portofino. For this holiday season I decided to contribute to the get-togethers with home-made Focaccia, hoping to capture a little bit of Italy here .

healthy cooking to healthy choices to healthy you

Funny, how in the 50’s and 60’s all the way to about early 2013-2014, it was all about canned goods, frozen packaged foods, and boxed goodies here in the U.S. (I can’t really speak for the rest of the world). Although disappointingly, I found the same sort of push in most of Europe, tapping heavy into working couples who have no time to make anything from scratch. Now we have nothing but information, about what to eat and what to avoid. Sometimes too much information confusing us into making bad choices, or even the choices once reported as good choices, we learn on Facebook and Twitter to being suddenly bad choices. (Are you confused? Good, that’s the point. Anyway, we can’t be sure of anything. But my motto is-if you are not sure, go the moderation route. If you are somewhat sure, then click on each photo to learn about the best choices. {Click here to get there – Heidi Swanson} From Amazon:  San Francisco-based photographer and cookbook author Heidi Swanson is the creator of …

holiday recipes to share

I can’t believe we are a week away from Thanksgiving here in the states, and the planning begins for most people looking forward to entertaining. Here are a few recipes I stumbled upon which I consider a fresh take on the old tradition, especially for those who hate turkey as much as I do. Also, I take no credit for these recipes or photos, I’m just passing them along, so click away on the photo to be redirected:      

recipe: banh mi bites

As you know I follow many bloggers, and always appreciate the wealth of information from the blogger community, here and there sharing the details with my readers. Being a San Franciscan, I must say we have the best Asian Kitchens, traditional or Asian infusion, and I swear every time I turn around, another one is popping up in the city, exciting me to try each and every one of them. Anyway, one of my favorite bloggers here, had a recipe posted on her site I couldn’t pass up since it tapped into my Asian food cravings. Which happens on a daily basis, right around the lunch hour. This recipe I decided to try last night, except instead of using pork – which I don’t eat, I opted for Sweet Italian style chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s, adding my own touch to the very perfect recipe.   Serves 6-8 as a side dish Ingredients Meatballs 1 pound ground pork 1 bunch green onions, diced 1 cup of cilantro, chopped 1.5 tablespoons of sugar 1 teaspoon salt …

vegetarian side dishes for thanksgiving

As we know, now that most people are trying to eat healthy or substituting the traditional recipes for gluten free ingredients and more, it’s becoming, in my opinion, fun to find new recipes to incorporate into the T-day menu. So, while I take into consideration most of the vegetarians in my family, I have searched and found some additional fun recipes to share from here: {Photo and recipe credit click here}