Liz Prueitt’s Healthy Flax Muffins (gluten free)

Liz Prueitt's Healthy Muffins

One of the best Instagram accounts I have come across belongs to Liz Prueitt of Tartine Bakery fame. Via her Instagram feed you can follow along with her as she tests and develops recipes which is pretty cool if you’re interested in how that process happens and getting inside the mind of a chef. Most recently she’s turned much of her attention to gluten free baking where she’s been exploring GF twists on classics as well as new, creative inventions, comparing different substitutions and combinations. (She’s got savory cooking projects going on as well). Some posts share the refined, end result of many cycles of testing, other times you get to see the trials and errors along the way. The very best part is that she often throws shorthand recipes onto her posts so you can cook along at home. And since she’s sharing in real-time, her posts always reflect what’s in season right now.

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Snack Time: Peppered Maple Walnuts

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We first encountered these delicious walnuts on our Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Farm Tour last year.  They were served along-side some of the amazing cheeses that they make on their farm in Point Reyes (they are particularly good with the Toma).  I remember gobbling up a good quantity of these salty-sweet walnuts with ridiculous amounts of cheese.  We were delighted when we came across the recipe in a recent issue of Edible magazine and tried making these walnuts right away. These peppered maple walnuts have become a staple at our home – we are totally hooked.  They are lovely with cheese, but also with vanilla ice-cream (Straus vanilla – a current favorite) as well! Needless to say, the possibilities are endless, but they are pretty spectacular on their own as well.

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Food Adventure: Rooster & Rice

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It’s rare that we get to take the kids out for a full-on food adventure anymore – with school schedules, it is tough to co-ordinate.  However, recently, Ria and Luca had the same day off from school and we jumped on the chance to relive our full-day food adventure days.  We spent some time at a bookstore, a good amount of time running around the Presidio, enjoying the nature and fresh air, and then we ambled to the Marina for lunch at Rooster & Rice. Continue reading

Upcoming Cooking Class at Cavallo Point – Everyday Indian Home Cooking

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We are teaching this Friday at Cavallo Point and our “sold out”  Everyday Indian class has had some cancellations, so if you are free (and looking for something fun to do), and looking to expand your dinner repertoire, come cook with us.  Tickets and more information here at this link. (the class says “SOLD OUT”, but it no longer is)

Flavors of India: Home Cooking Basics

Love Indian food, but haven’t tried cooking it at home yet? Want to spice up your family dinners with some new flavors? Learn Indian home cooking basics to get you started: from essential spices, Indian food made easy enough to cook everyday and tips on cooking techniques like tempering, working with dough and making your own spice mixes.

  • Mom’s Everyday Channa Dhal
  • Shrimp “Curry in a Hurry”
  • Indian-Spiced Creamed Spinach
  • Spiced-Roasted Cauliflower
  • Turkey Chappali Kebabs
  • Carrot Raita
  • Coriander Chutney
  • Home-made Madras Curry Powder
  • Paranthas
  • Masala Chai & treat

Panoramic Sugar Egg Workshop @18 Reasons

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Like a friend of mine said about this fun activity that 18 Reasons is offering – “Where were these classes when we were little????  That’s quite true, between this egg decorating workshop, and the knife skills workshop that Bernal Cutlery is conducting, our kids are a bunch of lucky-duckies.

Even if you are not into Easter – this sounds like a really good time.  From the 18 Reasons website:

Join us in putting a new spin on a very old tradition. Michele Simons, our talented Sugar Skull and Gingerbread House instructor, will show you (and your child!) how to delight friends and family with your own creation of a sweet, spring scene sealed inside a hollow sugar egg.

All class materials will be provided: hand-piped royal icing figures and shapes, icing, and other decorating materials for personalizing your creation.

Each ticket is good for one egg (one parent and child; or one adult). Feel free to brown bag your dinner! Tickets available at this link

Pepita Mexican Chocolate Cake

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If anything is trending with us right now, it’s pepitas.  Pepita is the Spanish word for pumpkin seed.  The health benefits of eating pepitas are plentiful, but we are eating them by the boatload, just because we are in love with their salty, tasty crunchiness.  We’ve been adding them to salads, roasting them with spices and parmesan cheese as a school snack and making this amazing pepita-chocolate cake by Rick Bayless. Continue reading