Wild Rice, Pistachio, Cherry Salad

With November here, my palate is excited to embrace the tastes  and colors of Autumn: green, ruby, brown, orange; and tastes: spiced sausage, wild grains, tart cherries, crunchy nuts. This salad encompasses all of that and a little more! It is a comforting salad with a few surprises: tart dried cherries, crunchy pistachios and a classic vinaigrette. Not only does it look and taste festive but it’s forgiving on the calories! Continue reading

Fennel, Apple, Celery Spring Salad

With Spring season here, it’s hard not to notice all the greenery and super blooms that have been flourishing throughout all of Southern California. This salad  is my favorite “green” salad – refreshing, tangy, crunchy and light. The vinaigrette used for this salad combines fresh lemon juice, red wine and apple cider vinegar which compliments the ingredients.  This salad is perfect paired with a crisp flavor profiled chardonnay. Oohh la la la!  Continue reading

Camembert Pastry Bread

Baked

Don’t kid yourself, this isn’t a healthy post. Today, I will share with you all one of my guilty pleasures: freshly baked Camembert Pastry Bread.

To me, there are few things better than fresh pastries or bread coming out of the oven. Now just stuff some cheese and jam in there and all my healthy eating goals are out the window. But I’m also a firm believer in allowing ourselves to have an indulgent meal/snack once in awhile. This falls into that category. Continue reading