Category Archives: Starters

Starter dishes that are neither soups nor regular salads – something light and different

Shakshuka – a Middle Eastern dish that is delicious!

Shakshuka is served in the Middle East especially in Israel – you can find it in the USA in many middle eastern restaurants. It is good for breakfast, lunch, dinner or in between and with warmed fresh pita is divine! … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Cioppino – add or subtract any fish you like or dislike! Very versatile recipe!

 I love scallops – my husband doesn’t. Some are allergic to shell fish or don’t eat it – you can still make this cioppino by using other kinds of fish like monkfish, or cod, or halibut or salmon or even … Continue reading

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Quick and Easy! Try this recipe for Quiche when you are in a hurry!

Easy Fast and Yummy Quiche when you are in a hurry!   Ingredients 8 slices bacon ( or turkey bacon if you don’t eat pork) 4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese 2 tablespoons butter, melted 4 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 … Continue reading

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Our Farm Manager Max Arteaga has the best seasoning mix! Here it is! Use on all main course holiday foods!

We use this seasoning mix on everything – fish, meat, poultry and vegetables. I even added it to a cheese sandwich the other day! YUM! And so easy. Try it out!  Little Farm Manager Max Arteaga’s Seasoning Mix – for … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash soup is an old favorite – with a twist of rosemary adds a wonderful flavor

We LOVE butternut squash soup but I tried something different this season and it worked out really well! Hope you like it! INGREDIENTS:  2 lbs of butternut squash cut in half 4 Tbsp of olive oil 4 sprigs of rosemary … Continue reading

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Ever tried baked salami? It is Divine!

Here is a very old ( not healthy but yummy) recipe for baked salami that my friend Ilene gave to me. DELICIOUS!! Baked Salami (Oldie but Goodie) This is an oldie but goodie recipe, and everyone loves it always. Rarely is … Continue reading

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A great idea to make two soups out of one

Some time ago I shared with you a super Cauliflower Butternut Squash Soup that I made.  I have included that recipe again here in case you didn’t see it. The cauliflower makes the soup seem creamy which it is not. It is pretty … Continue reading

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Delicious Beet Soup

It is the time for fresh beets and so I could not resist making beet soup. We love it – and add small hard boiled eggs ( quail eggs) and it makes for a healthy and filling meal. Of course … Continue reading

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Who said Dogs do not smile? Our new rescue does!

Dogs smile. No doubt in my mind. Just take a look at our grandsons with Goldie our new rescue. Is she a happy dog or what? We are still enjoying the cold weather – and hoping for more rain!! WHOHOO! … Continue reading

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A recent meal at Spago in Beverly Hills – truly sublime!

Here is a starter dish at Spago’s restaurant in Beverly Hills – cuisine at its best!

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Baked Chevre and pastry – from our goats’ milk

During the summer months our goats are milking – they are pregnant right now and will give birth after a 5 month gestation period in about May – then after about 12 weeks when we wean the babies ( kids) … Continue reading

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Chicken Tortilla Soup – easy and filling

Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Slow Cooker ( from All Recipes with some changes) INGREDIENTS 1 pound shredded, cooked chicken 1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes,mashed 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, … Continue reading

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Bok Choy Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup – a good way to use cooked chicken – comfort food!

Chicken Noodle Soup does seem to have medicinal qualities for me – and for many others – although I am not sure that is scientific but it sure comforts me. This recipe takes a slightly different angle on it – … Continue reading

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Broccoli Salad – divine! Easy to make with kids!

I love broccoli and so do my grandsons. This is a super recipe ( easy and fast) and can be made with lower fat Turkey bacon. The kids love to do this -especially breaking the broccoli and cauliflower florets off … Continue reading

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A most delicious salad with Roasted Home Grown Cherry Tomatoes – isn’t summer great?

We have an abundance of tomatoes – too much really. Take a look. The baby tomatoes were for the salad for which I have the recipe below – and the large ones were for the tomato soup ( also described … Continue reading

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Homemade Spinach Artichoke Dip – with sun dried tomatoes! Easy when cooking with kids!

I love dips. I could just eat them with a spoon and forget the chips – are you like that? YUM! But often they are so chock full of calories that they go directly to my hips ! So here … Continue reading

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Holiday Fun – Happy Holidays! Take a few hours and read Recipe Books! Then choose one – like this Apple Goat Cheese Pizza and cook with the kids!

Kids seem to love pizza. This one is pretty sophisticated but since my grandkids love my homemade cheeses, it is a good one for the family lunch when they are over to visit. Try it out and let me know … Continue reading

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Cherry Tomatoes – the most delicious – they taste like candy! And a couple of recipes to use them

We love Cherry tomatoes – and the kids love them too. They taste like candy! There are so many ways to use them – here are a few: 1. On top of baby arugula with a lemon/olive oil/garlic dressing as an … Continue reading

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Wolfgang Puck of Spago’s signature recipe – Smoked Salmon and Dill Cream Pizza – YUMMY!

Today I had lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. It was delicious. And Wolfgang Puck was there mixing with the folks and commenting on his recipes and restaurant empire.  I ordered his signature dish – I always do … Continue reading

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Omelets – I never really liked them – but the kids do! And they are pretty easy to make – give them a try!

Omelets can be tricky. Some folks love them. My husband is one of them. I personally could live without them. Using only egg whites is a great way of getting the protein without the fat – lower in calories and … Continue reading

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