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Olive Oil Preserved Eggplant and Oven Dried Tomatoes: 2 Recipes

I just had the most fantastic backyard garden summer harvest, and I needed to come up with a couple of recipes to preserve the copious amounts of eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and fresh herbs that I gathered. (These recipes are gluten free, of course. I probably don’t need to mention that in every post, but I often […]

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Going Gluten Free or: How to Start a New Life!

The Decision: Going Gluten-Free I suppose I should take a second to talk about the gluten free thing!  If you’ve been following my posts, a lot of the older ones contain a huge amount of food with gluten in it. Part of becoming a chef is cooking all that is gluten-y and great.  However, long […]

Bright and fresh cellophane noodle salad with calamari, chilies, and herbs: an easy recipe for a hot summer day | Tasting Everything

Cellophane Noodle Salad with Fresh Calamari, Chilies, and Herbs

    It’s so amazing to be living in Napa. Phenomenal ingredients everywhere; the freshest seafood, gorgeous produce everywhere, including my backyard, wines, oils, cheeses…the list is endless! A quick meal, even something as simple as a cellophane noodle salad, can be unbelievably rewarding.   Summer here can be extremely hot, but after a lifetime […]

A simple and fun recipe for pickled peppers that are great on everything! | Tasting Everything

Pickled Peppers

Pickled peppers, well, any pickled vegetable really, are some of my favorite things to add to a meal. They could really be classified as one of those “secret ingredients” that I just love to throw into a dish to just completely change the flavor of the whole thing. Adding a few pickled peppers, or maybe some […]