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Why We Carve Pumpkins and What To Do With Your Extra Pumpkin | Lifestyle

Ah yes, the season of ghastly ghouls and wicked haunts. There’s something quite spectacular in kicking off the holiday season with the eerie, the ominous and all things spooky. But where did Halloween traditions begin? Why do we carve pumpkins every year? Today, we will investigate!

A basket of pao de queijo

Pão De Quiejo : Brazilian Cheese Bread | Recipe

Oh yes. Today we’re making the traditional Brazilian staple: pão de queijo. Literally translated, it means “bread of cheese” and really, that’s a great description. Soft, fluffy small rounds of cheesy goodness. Let’s get started!

pile of assorted varieties of vegetables

4 Reasons to Eat More Plant-Based (Even if You Still Eat Meat) | Lifestyle

We all know eating your veggies is good for you. Here’s four other reasons to eat more plant-based, even if you still eat meat.

A Year in Blogging With Edible Ink | Lifestyle

This post is a celebration of Edible Ink’s first year in the blogosphere, an intent for the year to come and general notes on what I’ve learned about blogging over the past year.

SLO Creek Farm | Activity in San Luis Obispo

Situated off the 101 on the south end of San Luis Obispo, SLO Creek Farm provides outdoor fun for the whole family.

Reflections on Cooking in Quarantine | Lifestyle

Reflections on the reality of cooking in this moment in 2020.

Easy, Hearty, White Wheat Bread | Baking

This is an easy, hearty bread recipe, made with a packet of yeast and a dash of whole wheat flour that requires very little kneading, fussing or attention.

Industrial Eats – Buellton, CA | Restaurant Review

Industrial Eats is a casual fine dining eatery in Buellton, CA. Read about the entire experience, from atmosphere to food in this Dining Review.

Marbled Orange Espresso Cupcakes | Baking

These marbled cupcakes are sure to impress. Make the separate orange and espresso batters then swirl in the cupcake tins to create the gorgeous marbled effect. Top with the orange espresso buttercream for the perfect treat for the adventurous dessert fanatic in your life — or you know, just to have around as a quick snack!

Nectarine and Goat Cheese Pissadelière | Baking

A yeast-based dough is used for the pizza-like Provençal pissadelière. Great for dessert, this version is topped with nectarine, goat cheese, honey and herbs.

Zero Waste Kitchen – A Beginner’s Guide to Reducing Waste | Lifestyle

A complete beginner’s guide to zero waste in the kitchen. The basics, why zero waste is important, learning resources, how to get started and a guide to compost.

Decadent Peach Buckle | Baking

A delicious peach cobbler with a hint of cinnamon. This recipe uses fresh peaches, a buttery batter and brown sugar for the ultimate summer dessert.

Creamed Spinach | Recipe – Vegan

Yes, this is a no cream Creamed Spinach recipe! One of my favorite vegetable dishes, creamed spinach is something I dearly missed being dairy free. After some research, I came across this Vegan Creamed Spinach recipe from Detoxinista.com. Let me tell you, it is GOOD. Really, you could make the cashew garlic cream sauce and…

Lemon Cake with Blueberry Compote | Baking – Dairy Free

Grocery stores have become some kind of battleground, shoppers donning face masks and plastic gloves, hand sanitizer and lysol holstered at the ready. Six months ago, this is not how any of us imagined such a mundane activity, grocer shopping, to be. And yet, here we are. As stocks of staples dwindle, we rely ever…

Homemade Chocolate Syrup | Recipe

Chocolate Syrup – versatile & delicious. Make chocolate milk, hot chocolate or drizzle over ice cream. How about a fun fondue night? Cut up strawberries, berries, whatever fruit you fancy and use skewers to dip into a big pot of this homemade chocolate syrup. Since discovering my unfortunate sensitivity to processed sweeteners (looking at you…

How to Cook Dried Beans | Lifestyle

No soaking required. This recipe is geared toward the use of an Instant Pot. However, you can make dried beans on the stove as well (soaking will speed up this process). As meal prep became more of a fixture in my life, I began looking for ways to cook things economically and in large batches.…

Rainy Day Recipes

Here on the Central Coast, we’re in for a week (or longer…) of rain and social distancing. All this time at home is the perfect opportunity to dig into some recipes and learn to make some of your favorites at home, or try something new! This is an assortment of some of my favorite recipes…

Chia Pudding And Granola Parfait | Meal Prep Recipe – Vegan

Sized for meal prep, this made-ahead breakfast is easy to put together for a sweet, nutrient packed breakfast.

How to Have a Homemade Pizza Party | Lifestyle

It’s pizza time. Here I’m going to share with you my favorite recipe for homemade pizza dough, along with some tips and tricks on how to create your own tasty pizzas at home — no wood-fired oven required! The Dough My favorite recipe for homemade pizza dough is King Arthur Flour’s The Easiest Pizza You’ll…

Ultimate Banana Bread | Baking

This recipe is an adaptation of the Banana Loaf recipe in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. I’ve made a few minor adjustments, converting the self-raising flour to accommodate all-purpose flour instead. I’ve yet to come across self-raising flour on the supermarket shelves, and this bread comes out as cakey and light by making your own. You’ll…

How to Juice without a Juicer | Lifestyle

If you don’t have one of these big money juicers… …and you’d really like fresh juiced fruits & veggies, it is POSSIBLE! To do this, you’ll need: Standard blender, NutriBullet or similar blending vessel Fruit(s) and/or vegetable(s) of choice Square of cheesecloth Nice glass bowl Handy funnel A jar or container in which to store…

Far Western Tavern – Orcutt, CA | Restaurant Review

Contemporary California ranch cuisine in Orcutt provides the perfect date night.

Top 8 Essential Baking Utensils | Lifestyle

Baking is an exact science… most of the time. While I do much improvisation in the kitchen (it is difficult to follow a recipe without adding my own spin), baking is a delicate balance, and requires precision. And so I present to you, my eight top baking utensils. These tools are a must-have to make…

Sweet Potato and Roasted Pumpkin Curry Soup | Recipe

An easy slow cooker soup recipe made with pumpkin, sweet potato and a touch of curry for the perfect fall dinner.

Hapy Bistro – Pismo Beach, CA | Restaurant Review

My search for the perfect Greek cuisine leads me from a Pasadena hole-in-the-wall, through the streets of New York to a wine bar and restaurant in Pismo Beach.

Miso-Marinated Pork Chop | Recipe

Sized for meal prep, this recipe uses an overnight marinade of fresh lemon, white miso, ginger, soy sauce and onion to tenderize and infuse the pork chops with layers of Asian-influenced flavors. The steps are quite simple: Make the marinade in a blender or food processor. Marinate the pork overnight (at least 12 hours). Cook…

Easy Marinated Cucumbers | Recipe

Look no further for a hydrating, crunchy, salty snack. Prepare in a large batch and portion to eat throughout the week as a quick and easy meal prep snack! It’s no potato chip to be sure, but these marinated cucumbers do satisfy the craving for crunch and salt! I am a fan of cucumbers and…

Tofu Red Curry Meal Prep | Recipe

My take on a veggie-packed tofu red curry. I adore curries of all kinds – Thai, Indian, you name it, I’ll try it! This is an easy-to-make, simplified tofu curry that can be thrown all together in the Crock Pot (see recipe notes), or cooked on the stove. Make it for meal prep or for…

Refreshing Blueberry Lemon Popsicles | Recipe

Soak up the last of summer with these 3 ingredient popsicles! For this recipe, you’ll need to make a batch of Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup. Allow it to cool before using in the popsicles. I purchased my popsicle mold on a whim — and it turned out to be one of the best $3 I’ve ever…

Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup | Recipe

Citrus season! Suddenly I found myself in possession of a plethora of ripe lemons and limes. I could not eat them raw. What to do? Make a jam? I do not have that kind of time. Candied slices? Delicious, but again, too much time! Alas – I found a solution: LEMON-LIME SIMPLE SYRUP. It’s all…

How to Create a Menu for Meal Prep | Lifestyle

There are seemingly infinite meal prep resources available today. From meal kit services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, to specialty services like Sun Basket, and meal prep delivery like Catered Fit, the options seem endless. Additionally, a multitude of social media gurus offer services that provide you with a fully outlined menu to follow,…

Apple Chai Stovetop Brew | Recipe

Chai is one of my favorite beverages of ALL TIME. The beauty of chai is that it varies region to region, between coffee and tea houses, and even within families. It’s a staple that is personal, amorphous and somehow, always delicious. If you’re in the Grover Beach area, please visit Red Bee Coffee and order…

Spaghetti Squash with Pork Bolognese Meal Prep | Recipe

Let’s not pretend spaghetti squash is actual pasta — you won’t fool me for a second. But, if we can accept spaghetti squash for the vegetable it is, we can easily transform it in to a delicious spaghetti & sugo (sauce) inspired recipe suitable for a low-carb meal prep lunch or family dinner. There are…

Date Syrup – Homemade Sugar Free Sweetener | Recipe

Two ingredient date syrup! With the consistency of applesauce and the sweetness of powdered sugar, date syrup is a versatile all-natural sweetener that may quickly become a staple in your kitchen. I discovered date syrup in my ongoing quest to create a palatable No Sugar Added cake (full recipe to be posted at a later…

Berry Stone Fruit Crumble | Baking

Crumble vs. Cobbler. The main difference: Cobbler uses a pie crust or dropped biscuit dough on top of the fruit, while crumbles use a streusel topping, typically some combination of oats, flour, butter and sugar. Now you know! This On-The-Fly Fruit Crumble is my go-to when I need dessert STAT. If using berries, you can…

Quick and Cheesy Cornbread Muffins | Baking

This is a quick, semi-homemade recipe for cornbread muffins using a big helper — Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. That familiar blue box that is found in pantries across America. Sometimes, you just need a shortcut. And you know what? That’s 100% okay.

Zucchini Fritters with Central Coast Creamery Cheese | Recipe

It’s the season of the fritter! Zucchini fritters are everywhere right now. This recipe uses ingredients specific to the Central Coast, particularly the Central Coast Creamery Goat Cheddar Cheese. This cheese is truly the best of both worlds! It has the characteristic, unapologetic tang of classic goat cheese combined with the sharpness of cheddar, bringing…

Sweet Peach Cornmeal Cake – Bolo de Fubá | Baking

It’s peak peach season! Optimal time to make this ultra-moist sweet peach cake. Ripe fresh peaches are quickly blanched, skinned, then sautéed in brown butter and sugar. A whole peach is chopped and folded into the batter, for double peach delight! There’s a secret ingredient in this cake. Don’t be afraid! I discovered a traditional…

What is Meal Prep and Why Should You Consider It? | Lifestyle

If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, I’m sure you’ve seen examples of some meal preps we prepare during the weekends. Meal prep is growing in popularity as a method of saving money on going out, maintaining a healthy diet, or just being able to enjoy a home-cooked meal without actually having…

La Bodega – Pismo Beach, CA | Restaurant Review

La Bodega, (meaning The Cellar in Spanish) is a tapas restaurant & wine bar located in downtown Pismo Beach. On a sunny summer Thursday night, the wait at well-known Giuseppe’s is 45 minutes long. Stroll down the block and across the street to La Bodega, an oft overlooked gem, hiding in plain sight. La Bodega…

Creamy Tzatziki – Yogurt Sauce | Recipe

Need an updated dip for your veggie tray? How bout a step up from the usual mint jelly for your lamb chops? Tzatziki is a versatile dip/sauce traditionally served with Greek food (Gyro and Falafel etc). Typically made with Greek Yogurt, Tzatziki is tangy and flavorful with a thinner consistency. This Tzatziki uses cream cheese…

Blueberry Nice Cream | Recipe – Vegan

Nice Cream! Its a no lactose, no sugar, no animal product ice cream you can make in about 5 minutes. It’s virtually fool proof and all over the internet right now. Here is a quick step-by-step of a Blueberry nice cream I threw together after our blueberry picking adventure. I had some bananas sliced and…

Chocolate Cake with Strawberry-Mascarpone Filling | Baking

Some moments in life deserve a special celebration. And every celebration deserves cake! I made this decadent chocolate cake, adorned in pastel floral accents for Nana’s birthday. Nana loves chocolate, and this cake was the perfect combination of rich chocolate and light, fluffy cake. Pastel gel food coloring gives the piped rosettes their bright yet…

How to Cook an Artichoke | Steamed Artichokes Recipe

Artichokes! With this easy-to-follow steam and spices recipe for preparing artichokes, I hope you’ll reconsider these hearty flowers not as intimidating to cook, but as an accessible side dish for any entree. I may be biased — I grew up eating artichokes — but I consider artichokes one of the tastiest vegetables. Of course, the…

Ember Restaurant Review | Arroyo Grande, CA

Ember is a wood-fired farm-to-table fine dining establishment, that boasts a monthly seasonal menu change. I recommend Ember to everyone I meet. The two things I hear most: the wait is too long; and skepticism of a menu that typically is an equal balance of the familiar (deconstructed, reconsidered and rearranged) the foreign and the…

5 Best Oils to Keep in Your Pantry | Lifestyle

Olive, sunflower, canola, avocado, walnut, sesame… the list seems endless! There are a multitude of oil options out there. Experimentation with different oils is the best way to find out what you find easiest to cook with and what flavors you like best. Here I’ve provided a list of my top five most used cooking…

Garlic, Lemon, Parsley, Tahini Salad Dressing | Recipe

This creamy, tart salad dressing is packed with three key ingredients for maximum flavor and for improving your health: 1. Fresh parsley. 2. Fresh lemon. 3. Raw garlic. Parsley is rich in Vitamins A, C and K. Parsley is one of my favorite herbs because it is affordable, accessible, has a long shelf life, provides…

Pasta with Kale and Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) | Recipe

Light and refreshing, Chickpea & Kale Pasta contains no dairy OR tomato sauce (only a dab or two of tomato paste). Olive oil and seasonings allow the pan-fried chickpeas and kale to shine in this dish. Chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) contain a plethora of nutritional benefits, including protein, fiber, Vitamin K, calcium and iron.…

Half-Mashed Baby Potatoes Meal Prep | Recipe

About Half-Mashed Baby Potatoes I must tell you three things. 2. Affordable. 3. Delicious. What more could you want from life?! This is a great healthier alternative to butter and cream-laden mashed potatoes and still simple enough to make in a big batch as part of a balanced meal prep lunch or dinner. I served…

Meal Prep, Veggie-Packed, Spring Harvest Rice | Recipe

Warning: This recipe is a large batch. Of course, that’s the point! Make this recipe on a Sunday and snack on this delicious rice throughout the week. This is a meal prep recipe that can easily be adapted to supplement different proteins and side dishes throughout the week, or to be used as is for…

La Locanda Restaurant Review | San Luis Obispo, CA

Off a quiet side street in downtown San Luis, La Locanda provides a quaint and relaxed dining experience. The restaurant is small and leaves you feeling you’ve had an incredible meal at a close friend’s house. We visited on May 12 (Mother’s Day) as a family outing. The pizza oven was in need of repairs…

Flour House Restaurant Review | San Luis Obispo, CA

Authentic Italian with a Coastal Vibe. Flour House is unassuming — it’s name and decor is simplistic, sleek and modern. A stark contrast to the food, which is, as a whole, vehemently steeped in Italian tradition, executed with compassion, care and obvious knowledge of the cuisine. This place does not look like your run-of-the-mill ‘upscale’…

Creative Essays by a Hungry Writer

Where do you begin to tell a story as expansive, diverse and culturally pertinent as the story of food? Through history, tradition, or family heritage, there is infinite significance entwined in all cuisine. The story of food is deeply personal, be it a social phenomenon or the reverence with which one dish is passed down from generation…

Ricotta Vegetable Quiche | Baking

It’s the weekend. You are busy doing laundry, cleaning the house and laying on the couch catching up on Netflix (the most important chore of all). You want to serve up a show-stopping breakfast with minimal effort. Never fear: the Ricotta Vegetable Quiche is here! This recipe was born from a tub of ricotta cheese…