Sweet Potato Pinwheels

Thanks to the California Farm Water Coalition for sponsoring the farm tour!  

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Sweet Potato Pinwheels are the star in November’s issue of Direct Magazine’s The Recipe Box!  Visiting Alvernaz Farms on tour with the California Farm Water Coalition in Livingston, where fourth generation family farmer Jim Alvernaz grows 100 acres of sweet potatoes, inspired me to use the quintessential fall vegetable in a new and flavorful way.


Orzo Salad with Pesto and Chicken

Disclaimer: Melissa’s Produce provided a copy of Best Grill Recipes Ever for me to cook from and review.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.

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Melissa’s Produce invites an incredible variety of chefs and cookbook authors to their kitchen, allowing us lucky food bloggers to meet and learn about foods from all corners of the world, prepared using a myriad of methods.  Some ingredient lists and instructions are long and involved, yielding wonderful dishes that are well worth the time spent. Others bring amazing flavors to your table with recipes that are short, sweet, and to the point. Such is the case with Daniella Malfitano’s Best Grill Recipes Ever. This assortment of delicious and straightforward recipes is perfect for busy fall days!


Nuts About Nuts!

Thanks to the California Farm Water Coalition for sponsoring this farm tour!

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I am always excited and honored when I am invited to participate in a Farm Tour arranged by the California Farm Water Coalition. I know that I’ll be spending time on beautiful farms and ranches with some of my favorite foodie friends as we meet and learn from the amazing farming families around the state.  This summer’s tour took us to farms and dairies in the Modesto and Turlock areas, where we learned about milk and cheese production, habitat restoration along the Tuolumne River, and basically went nuts for nuts – almonds and walnuts, to be exact!


Harvest Farro Bowl

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Hooray, it’s October! Work, school, sports and activities are keeping us all busy, and we are ready to welcome in all the fall fun that the month brings: pumpkin patch visits and pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed roasting, costume parties, corn mazes and haunted houses.  With more treats than time on our hands, quick and healthy meals are a must, and Harvest Farro Bowls are just the ticket.


Fall Harvest Salad


I’m so happy when I have the opportunity to support amazing organizations and cook from amazing books at the same time! Today I bring you Cuisine del Sol, a cookbook celebrating 20 years of Pier del Sol, the largest fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics in Southern California. The Special Olympics Southern California team presented this delicious collection of recipes at a recent media luncheon at Melissa’s Produce, and I know you’re going to love the recipe for Fall Harvest Salad with Sparkling Cider Vinaigrette!