Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

A while back I made some strawberry jalapeño jam and OH EM GEE. I’ve made it twice using fresh and frozen berries and it turned out great each time. If you’re not in strawberry season, this would be fantastic to try with cranberries, figs, or mango. The awesome thing about adding a somewhat savory component…

Cauliflower Hummus

Cauliflower Hummus. Kinda sounds like the elevator music of foods, right? But don’t let its boring exterior fool you—it is delicious with the fluffy smooth texture of cauliflower and tahini plus a zing of lemon and garlic. Haven’t convinced you yet? You might like to know that garlic is a potent anti-viral and anti-microbial food….

Thai Peanut Salad with Lime Dressing

I don’t know about you, but I lose my appetite in severely hot weather. I’m sitting here in central California sweating my eyeballs out. It’s supposed to be 107 degrees today and tomorrow. Let’s just say it’s not exactly spaghetti weather. Since I can’t NOT eat, I have to eventually find something appealing to nourish…

Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Bites

Hey there, how are you? Hanging in? Doing okay? Doing horribly? It’s all welcome here. I feel like the days of COVID are, among other things, one giant emotional experiment. One day I’m up, positive, even motivated. Other’s I feel like like a slug of inactivity and despair. No offense to slugs of course. They’re…

Coffee Chip Snack Bites

I have been wanting to throw together this little snack for a while. And when I say a while I mean that I’ve had a “draft” with the title in the queue for actual years. Sounds ridiculous but here’s the thing about my creative process; I do not like going to the store to get…

Ginger Blueberry Smoothie

The holidays are a time of travel and busyness. Both of which contribute to stress and sickness. Stress is antagonistic to healthy digestion which is not ideal when we are in the time of year when we are likely eating and drinking more than we ever do during the year. Stress also impacts our immune…

Thanksgiving Meatballs

  Until I became a cook, Thanksgiving didn’t seem like a very good food day. Dry turkey, weird green bean thing, brown gravy, mushy yams, pie, jello, … Well, the jello was actually pretty good. Stuffing had some flavor, but only if it was cooked in the bird… and now we all know thats unsafe….

Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread

Hey, hey! So my household has been STRUG. GL. ING. with the fall cold season and I am 100% fighting the good fight to keep myself healthy. There are many reasons for this: If mom gets sick, how will the world keep turning? I’ve been a peak level Nikki excitement (that’s huge you guys, I…

Orange Fennel Slaw

Is is normal to have a cabbage craving? No? Ok cool. Just asking for a friend. But seriously, I’ve been jones-ing for some tasty slaw and a last minute cooking gig was just the thing to motivate me to get creative. I’ve noticed that a lot of people dislike traditional coleslaw because it’s very heavy…

Lemon Prosciutto Toast

A Weekend Toast. But seriously. Toast. This Toast. I made it twice in a row cause it was so mind-blowingly delicious. I know what you’re thinking… Yea, yea. Avocado toast. It’s tasty, but how great can it be? Trust me. It’s great. Also, I would encourage the fried prosciutto step. Don’t skip it. Prosciutto is…