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Carrot Macaroons

We found fresh garden carrots in our CSA farm share box this week. And I found a recipe for “out-of-the-box” not-your-regular cookies—these yummy soft and gently spiced carrot macaroons. What a way to eat your vegetables!

Carrot Macaroons

These cookies are delicious and different, but not that easy to make. Yeah—you read that right. You cook the batter in a double boiler before you even bake them. But don’t let that stop you—I think they are worth the effort. Crunchy ground almonds, unsweetened coconut, pumpkin pie spices and a pinch of cayenne, plus grated carrots–you can only win with those ingredients! Continue Reading…

Simple Homemade Breakfast Potatoes with Onions

Hand-diced and pan-fried, homemade breakfast potatoes with a little bit of onion mixed in–these are totally yummy.  My favorite way to have them is rolled into breakfast burritos. Imagine these potatoes with onions, farm-fresh scrambled eggs, melty cheese and salsa all wrapped in a warm whole wheat tortilla. My second favorite is breakfast potatoes for dinner, with eggs. Breakfast or dinner, burrito, or with eggs your way–these homemade potatoes are the bomb!

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Goat Cheese makes a Sassy Simple Sauce

This could be the fastest sauce in the West. Because soft goat cheese makes a Sassy Simple Sauce. All you have to do is stir the soft cheese and some of the pasta cooking water into the hot pasta–and it’s ready to go. Here we have tortellini pasta, plus roasted yellow beets and their greens–and the sassy simple goat cheese sauce. So easy. And delicious!

Tortellini Pasta with Golden Beets and Greens in a Goat Cheese Sauce

We visited our friends in South Lake Tahoe over Labor Day weekend. John and Julie planned 3 full days of fun for six of us–another couple from Salt Lake made the trek as well. We all enjoyed plenty of boating, hiking, biking, dining and toasting to golden and dear friendships.

Early Tuesday morning, east bound back to Utah, we stopped at Trader Joe’s in Carson City. We picked up road salad and some hoppy microbrews, and yes, we brought the beer home–no sampling in the car. We also grabbed a roll of goat cheese and a couple bags of TJ’s dried Italian tortellini–and a few other essentials. (Have you ever noticed how fast a Ben Franklin disappears in Trader Joe’s?)

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Pesto Potatoes

Pesto Potatoes

Pesto Potatoes on the Grill

Earlier today at work, as I walked from a busy bakery to my office, I passed one of the savory cooks opening tubs of tofu. I notice tofu, more than I would a pot of turkey chili, because I love tofu! I notice it too, because tofu is not on the menu everyday at Deer Valley.

Before going home, I watched the same cook arrange triangles of cooked tofu, hot and emerald green with pesto, on a bed of arugula. At his urging, I helped myself to the extra piece on the back line.

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Barley Salad with Golden Beets and Their Greens

Here we have a lovely mix of chewy tender barley grains tossed with sweet golden beets and their greens, with crunchy slightly bitter toasted walnuts and salty feta cheese, all dressed in a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. This barley salad with golden beets is so good it will sell beets to professed beet haters. Be sure to use golden beets so they don’t suspect! 

Golden beets for CSA members. Barley Salad with Golden Beets and Their Greens and ow to sell beets to a beet hater!

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