Coconut Water

A few months ago I read Raw Food / 100 Recipes To Get The Glow and had a very brief moment of fascination, enough to drag out my dehydrator for a couple days before realizing that lasagna made from pasta is way better than lasagna made from thin sliced zucchini, and god knows raw macadamia …

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Warm Grapes, Toasted Pita Bread and Ricotta Salata – Recipe

I’m not sure whether to describe this dish as a salad, an appetizer, or a side dish. Whatever you call it, the combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and juicy, herbaceous and spicy is exciting and a little unusual. You could serve this as part of a meze, or an accompaniment to anything grilled in …

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Review: Merenda Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bend, Oregon

We were down in Bend, Oregon this past weekend for a little R&R while mini-me spent some quality time with her Noni. On Saturday we wandered into Merenda Restaurant and Wine Bar at 5:30 and asked if we could reserve an outdoor table for 6:30. The hostess was very gracious and said she would do …

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Two Great Mexican Cookbooks

How about a Avocado-Mango Salad with Fresh (or Blue) Cheese and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, does that sound any good?!? I’ve been aware of Rick Bayless for awhile as he often makes appearances on Food Network or gets mentioned in Food & Wine. But somehow I didn’t have any of his books on my shelf. I …

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The Vegetarian Foodie Manifesto

I said I was a vegetarian. I didn’t say I wanted a frickin’ plate of your mixed side dishes or some sad Sysco Pasta Primavera! This blog is for all of you out there who are passionate about delicious, well prepared, beautifully presented food that just happens not to have been walking about prior to …

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