Apr 132014
Broccoli & Avocado Salad + (More) Sauvignon Blanc

Does this salad combination sound improbable? I seem to remember having some doubts before I made it the first time. But that’s all just a dim memory now —  my love for this salad knows no bounds. Mostly it’s a study in contrasts, of both texture and tastes. The crunch of the raw broccoli, the creamy richness of the avocado, the slight bite of red onion, richly toasted almonds, and […]

Apr 062014
Persian Noodle Soup + Rosé

I love soup all year round — hearty and filling in the cold months, lighter and brothy in the warmer ones. And for the transitional months, something like this take on Persian Noodle Soup. I was first introduced to this dish on one of those one-thing-leads-to-another internet rabbit trails. Eventually I circled back to several links for “Persian” noodle and bean soups. Like this one, and this, and this, and […]

Mar 232014
Lentil, Beet & Balsamic Onion Salad + Sauvignon Blanc

Here’s a pairing to kick-off what is surely the most welcome Spring in recent memory. This lentil salad is substantial and nutritious but still light and energizing. And paired with a bright Sauvignon Blanc, is a lovely way to usher in the season. Both the roasted beets and the balsamic onions can be prepped a day ahead, if you like. And you will have leftover balsamic onions, but they’re a […]

Feb 162014
My salad bar Crunch Salad + Light Whites

If someone were interested in measuring my overall hecticness (it’s a word), there are a few things that would be particularly telling. My email inbox level is one such indicator — under 50 means really on top of things, over 200 indicates dangerous levels of overload. My desk inbox is another — if the stack is shorter than the physical edges of the inbox, things are good. But if the […]

Dec 282013
Post-holiday bloat + Green Apple & Basil Juice

This December was a marathon of work and holiday revelry, and despite the upcoming New Year’s Eve festivities, I find myself firmly in a post-holiday state of mind. I plan to spend the next week regrouping, organizing and doing a little personal and professional planning for 2014 — along with moving into a new computer, a project I hope will go smoothly! I’m also already leaning into some post-holiday detoxing […]

Nov 252013
Baked Kale Salad with Raisins, Almonds & Toasted Coconut + Viognier

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean I’m done with salad. I find that if I go more than a day or two without a good bowl of greens, I can really tell the difference in how I feel overall. Giving roughly-chopped kale a quick bake adds a bit of crunch and flavor dimension and also help tame the cud-chewing issue that kale can present. This salad is a combination […]

Oct 182013
Mushroom Macadamia Tart + Chardonnay

Apologies for the long delay between posts. I have been swamped with work and helping with this event, and mostly have been living on morning smoothies, takeaway soup for lunch, and whatever I can grab for a quick dinner before falling into an exhausted sleep. But here and there, I’ve managed to fit in a bit of cooking — I just haven’t carved out the time to write about it! […]