I adore pizza. As a born and bred Jersey girl, I’m used to a thin crust. But it’s actually pretty hard to find good thin crust pizza, even here in foodie-friendly San Francisco. Although this recipe is not a traditional thin crust pizza, it is a thin, cheesy cauliflower crust pizza. And it’s delicious.
Parsnip chips or just plain parsnips were not part of my diet growing up. But as an Irish American lady, I do love my root vegetables. I’m happy to say parsnips are part of my diet now. And these starchy carbs provide a great source of energy for me before long runs or bike rides around the San Francisco Bay Area.
When most of us think about chips we rarely think about parsnips. Surprisingly, they make a great chip. They are hearty enough to hold up yet light enough to form a perfect crunchy crisp. Because I grew up on the Jersey Shore and became accustomed to boardwalk French fries, I will forever adore chips and fries paired with apple cider or malt vinegar. It adds a punch and compliments the salty chips fabulously.
This recipe makes a delicious snack or side dish, especially during cool winter months. You could try pairing the parsnip chips with a non-starchy soup or just substitute French fries with these guys. Hope you like them.
Coconut Pumpkin Soup represents everything that is wonderful about fall – hot soup, apples, nutmeg, cloves, the color orange, and of course pumpkin. It was during a recent visit back to New Jersey and New York City that I was inspired to make a wholesome and comforting fall soup to complement the lovely season.
Green bubble tea first caught my eye at a small cafe in Hoboken, New Jersey about five years ago. I loved not only the way it tasted but the way it looked. The beautiful pale green color paired with luscious round tapioca balls. After a friend inspired me to make my own green bubble tea, I decided to experiment. I’ve spent the last several days getting to know tapioca pearls and I’m revisiting my love for bubble tea.
Baba Ganoush is a great go-to appetizer perfect for two people, especially on hot summer days. Even if you’re not that big on eggplant, this dip is so delicious even eggplant-haters will like it. If you like eggplant and you’ve never tried Baba Ganoush, it will be a special treat for you.
I picked up a few beautiful Rosa Bianca eggplants at the farmers’ market the other day with my sister. These eggplants are Italian, small in size, and tender. Their color is amazing – bright purple hues with marbled white mixed in. They are known for their mildly delicious taste.
The Chocolate Fig Smoothie was sort of an accident.
I was in the mood for something sweet. I couldn’t figure out if it was one of my usual chocolate cravings, or something else.
After eyeing up the farmers’ market fresh figs on my kitchen counter, I wondered. I had never paired chocolate with fig, at least not in a smoothie. I figured it couldn’t be bad considering figs are sweet, nutritious, and not very overpowering. They also have a lovely little texture that could add to the smoothness of the drink.
Watermelon salsa is one of my favorite toppings for grilled seafood and grilled veggies on hot summer days. It is a sweeter-style salsa so it compliments bitter foods well including slightly charred and grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables. Plus, the nice thing about a watermelon is it’s very versatile so you can use it to make this salsa, maybe a Fresh Watermelon Cooler, or even throw it in a salad or quinoa bowl.
The two star ingredients in the Spicy Watermelon Salsa are the spicy Padrón pepper and mint. The pepper adds a nice punch and the mint gives it complexity and pairs so well with sweet watermelon making this salsa easy to love.
Watermelon will forever bring me back to my youth and a special birthday party.
For my sixth birthday, my mom threw me a pink and green-themed birthday party, my two favorite colors at the time. Watermelon fit in nicely with this theme. My mother gathered napkins, plates, cups and goody bags featuring watermelons. Some of the goodies in the bag were watermelon-themed as well. And that year, I got my first big-girl bike, a big sea-foam green bike with light pink streamers. Thanks mom.
This cauliflower curry is a beautiful, flavorful dish. Even if you’re not that fond of cauliflower, you need to try this dish. Trust me. It’s delicious and packed with bold flavors.