Crunchy Quinoa Arugula Salad with Shredded Carrots & Sliced Almonds

Crunchy Quinoa Arugula Salad with Sliced Almonds and Shredded Carrots / Patty's Food

I love a simple Summer salad, especially one with a little crunch in every bite.  Enter shredded carrots and sliced almonds to add that crunch.  This salad is so simple that you could make it from ingredients found at a grocery store salad bar or you could prepare your own quinoa and slice your own […]

Roasted Beet & Shiitaki Mushroom Tartines and The IFBC 2013 in Seattle

Roasted Beet and Shitaki Mushroom Tartines / Patty's Food

If I could pack these roasted beet and Shiitaki mushroom tartines to bring with me for a snack on the plane to Seattle for the IFBC (International Food Bloggers Conference) this Thursday, I would do it in a heartbeat!  They were good but we already ate them for dinner, after I took the photos in […]

Grilled Fingerlings & Fennel with Pesto

grilled fingerlings & fennel with pesto / patty's food

  There are many varieties of arugula, some are spicier than others.  I have 4 varieties of arugula growing in my garden and several of them are going to seed right now.  So, I can’t think of a better time to make a batch of pesto using both arugula and sweet basil to spoon over […]

Spicy Cherry Tomato Rice with a recipe for Tomato Masala from Rose of Magpie’s Recipes

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My friend and next town over neighbor Rose from Magpie’s Recipes is leaving the Bay Area and moving back to India next week.  We met at a Bay Area food blogger’s lunch and soon made plans to meet at our local farmer’s market.  A few weeks later we spent the morning marketing (mostly tasting different […]

Colcannon for Saint Patrick’s Day

Colcannon / Patty's Food

  May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may god hold you in the palm of His hand. ~traditional gaelic blessing   Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! […]

Roasted Carrot Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese and Crispy Garlic Chips

Roasted Carrot Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese and Crispy Garlic Chips / Patty's Food

My healthy eating continues into the second week of the new year but I’m itching to bake, so this week I turned on the oven and roasted some carrots.  Of course- I brushed olive oil and sprinkled sea salt on top of my carrots to coax out a little more flavor.  I also topped my […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Toasted Walnuts tossed in a Fresh Thyme-Roast Garlic Vinaigrette

Patty's Food

  I love to roast vegetables this time of year.  I know the title of my recipe is a mouthful but I didn’t want any ingredients to feel left out.  When I spied that small green mesh bag of brussels sprouts at the market- which should be the name of a youth soccer team in […]

Fried Green San Marzano Tomatoes with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Fried Green San Marzano Tomatoes with Roasted Tomato Sauce / Patty's Food

  San Marzano tomatoes are a famous variety of tomatoes that are for the most part associated with Italy but here in Northern California we also have the right climate to grow these thick skinned flavorful Roma style tomatoes. The past few weeks my cup runneth over with San Marzano tomatoes and believe me-I’m not […]

manchego-quinoa cakes with padron peppers

manchego-quinoa cakes with padron peppers

Attention Padron pepper fans, it’s that time of year again!  This Summer we’re seeing more Padron peppers in the bins at both farmers markets and grocery stores.  I think it’s safe to say that for those of us who have discovered Padron peppers- the best eating peppers in the world, our love affair is in […]

crunchy green bean, radish and walnut salad with goat feta

green bean and radish salad

A bag of green beans and a basket of radishes were a few of my farmers market finds last night, I also ran into one of my daughter’s friends with her two young children in tow.  There is something irresistible  about a sweet little girl who wants to hold your hand and shop for fruit […]