Monday, January 10, 2011

New Year. New Home. Better Food.

Happy new year friends and followers!  First in order I must acknowledge my absence, many things have changed since my last post, I have packed up my life and moved to gorgeous San Francisco!  The last couple of months were spent tying up loose ends in Chicago, packing up our our entire life, saying goodbye to friends and family, then hitting the road for a little cross country adventure.  It has been about 2 months since landing in the West Coast, we have gotten settled in and are slowly learning the ins and outs of our new 'hood. 

There are many things that I am loving about SF so far, but high up on that list is the FOOD.  Coming from the Midwest, California is local food heaven!  Just about every fruit and vegetable, and then some, are grown locally (and organically) and easily available.  We have the good fortune of living just blocks from the Alemany Farmers Market, which with 56 years running, is the oldest farmers market in the city.  In combination with the new abundance of fresh food comes a few new hands in the kitchen, my wonderful D'mom Danielle and my dad Arturo.  These two are some of the biggest foodies I know and being able to share a kitchen with them is such a gift : )

We have been eating lots of amazing meals lately, it would be a shame to keep them from you any longer.  So, just a couple of the meals that have passed through the kitchen recently...

Taken from Rebecca Katz's One Bite At A Time, we made a delicious comforting meal of Chicken Pot Pie with Kneadless Dough.  Rebecca is a very well known and respected educator and author dedicated to transforming health through the power of food, her books are truly amazing and a must have for any ones kitchen.

We added a couple of extra ingredients into the filling but really you could add whatever veggies you have on hand.  I love this recipe because you can throw in the random odds and ends in your fridge (which is how I like to cook) and the dough was very easy to make and work with.

Next up is a bit more ambitious meal taken from the Millennium Cookbook.  The cookbook comes from the chefs of the well-know vegetarian Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco.  I have yet to dine at the restaurant but it is definitely on the "list."  Inspired by Moroccan basilla, the Moroccan Filo Crescents with Curried Golden Tomato Sauce, are lovely flaky pockets filled with vegetables sauteed in a variety of herbs and spices.  We filled the pockets with  eggplant,  onion, garlic,  mushrooms, bell pepper, spinach, tomato, and tofu!

Add Moroccan spiced chicken skewers, a tasty arugula salad and some wonderful friends, voila the perfect Friday night dinner party!

That is all I have for now, it's good to be back and I am excited to share with you my many upcoming California adventures.  Cheers!

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