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Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

This easy homemade salsa recipe packs a flavorful punch, but is mild enough to please a crowd. Serve it with chips and fresh guacamole, atop a pile of nachos or with flautas.

Grilled Cabbage with Tahini Dressing

Grilled cabbage renders crisp charred outer leaves and tender inside. Enjoy a perfect complementary tang from the tahini dressing. Simply delicious. This is a perfect easy grilling recipe for the summer!

Quinoa, Butternut and Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

This quinoa salad combines roasted butternut, crispy kale, chewy dates and chopped hazelnuts for the perfect bite! Top with my Easy Tahini Dressing as a side or main course served with crusty bread.

Easiest Tahini Dressing – Sugar-Free

This easy Tahini Dressing takes only a few minutes to prepare! Make it with easy-to-find ingredients and sweeten naturally with dates. Keep this recipe on hand whenever you want a savory, natural dressing!

Instant Pot Quinoa | Meal Prep

Sized for meal prep, this Instant Pot Quinoa recipe is the easiest, fastest way to make fluffy, perfect quinoa every time! Make once and enjoy throughout the week or freeze some for later.

What is a Cashew Apple? The Cashew Counterpart Explained

Ever heard of a cashew apple? If not, you are not alone. Read on to learn more about the fruit counterpart to the popular cashew nut.

Mushroom Marinated Tofu

This tofu packs a flavorful umami punch thanks to the mushroom marinade. It’s got a satisfying meaty bite — without the meat! Serve with rice or noodles and stir-fried veggies for a quick and tasty meal.

Where to eat in LA

A quick guide on where to eat in LA, including hidden gems, classic spots and local favorites, centering in West Hollywood.

Jewel of India – Restaurant review

Tucked off the intersection of Broad and South Street sits in an Indian restaurant cooking up family recipes from scratch.

Easy Kale Chips – Vegan, GF

Satisfyingly crunchy, deliciously cheesy, and ready in about 30 minutes. Can you think of a better way to eat your greens? These Kale Chips are super easy, and vegan & gluten free.

Eat Seasonally: Spring

Hello spring! This marks the beginning of peak fruit season (which runs spring through summer) here in Central California. Leafy green vegetables make an appearance, as well as my personal favorite — the almighty artichoke. Check out this quick guide to spring produce, complete with recipes to get you started.

Strawberry Cake – Dairy Free

Simple strawberry cake made from a boxed muffin mix? Yup. Comes together in 15 minutes with the help of some homemade strawberry milk for a luxe spring cake.

Vanilla Buttercream | Easy Buttercream Recipe

Here’s my favorite basic buttercream recipe. It’s a great starting point for any cake project, from fully decorated to a simple sheet cake.

Spring Harvest Rice | Meal Prep Recipe – Vegan

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 a delicious and healthy meal prep lunch!
It’s flavor profile is flexible and truly can be made into a side dish or entrée with anything. Similar to Spanish Rice, Spring Harvest Rice uses fresh tomatoes and a plethora of vegetables and spices.
Make as is and this will yield about 10 cups of nutrient-rich rice.

Chickpea Salad | Vegetarian Recipe

A quick and easy recipe for hearty, delicious chickpea salad. Think of it like chicken salad, but with chickpeas and bell peppers instead of chicken and celery! Enjoy on toasted bread, over leafy greens, or on your favorite crackers. Vegan option and meal prep friendly.

Stovetop Applesauce | healthy Stovetop Applesauce Recipe

Stovetop Applesauce | Recipe (Sugar Free Option)

This applesauce recipe provides a guideline to make easy, homemade applesauce. Adjust sugar and spices to your own tastes. Cut the apples according to how long you have to cook it, and how chunky (or smooth) you’d like your applesauce. Tastes great, simple to prepare and way better than store bought!

Pine nuts

Where do Pine Nuts come from? | Pine Nut Recipes

We all know pine nuts right? Those small, decadent, outrageously expensive nuts that melt like butter on the tongue and give traditional basil pesto it’s signature flavor. But where do they come from? Today, we’ll find out!

Sugar-Free Crepes | Recipe

Easy sugar-free crepes make a great base for a delicious breakfast, dinner or side dish! Make them sweet or savory depending on your toppings of choice.

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

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 to cook the entire meal every night. Learn what meal prep is, why it’s appealing, and how to start.

Intuitive Eating: A Brief Introduction

Welcome to the world of intuitive eating — aka the anti-diet. Learn what intuitive eating is like and how to begin.

How to Juice without a Juicer | Blender Juice Method

No fancy juicer? No problem! This simple method uses your household blender to turn your fruits and veggies into fresh “squeezed” juice

The Unknown Mexican Chef

The Unknown Mexican Chef

Sometimes in life, you meet a taco that changes you forever. One Sunday, in the parking lot of a country market, I met that taco. This is our story.

Winter Produce

Winter Produce: Eating Seasonally

Winter may be the season of staying indoors, but it’s still rife with delicious fruits and vegetables. Check out this quick guide to winter produce, complete with recipes to get you started.

Best Biscotti Recipe | A Christmas Tradition | Edibleink.org

Biscotti : A Christmas Tradition

In our Italian-American family, we make biscotti every Christmas. A tradition that started with my grandparents, we carry it on today.

Jerusalem Artichoke

What is a Jerusalem Artichoke? | Recipe

Today we explore an elusive root vegetable: the Jerusalem Artichoke! Learn what it is, how it tastes, and how to cook it with this quick and easy recipe.

Santa Maria

The Garden – Santa Maria, CA | Restaurant Review

Off Broadway in Santa Maria stands a Mediterranean paradise with the fluffiest falafel you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.

Best Thanksgiving Meal Plans for Everyone – Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free

Making a holiday feast that satisfies everyone’s dietary needs can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be! I’ve searched the internet for the best Thanksgiving Meal Plans for everyone, including plans for Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free.

Netflix Shows

Best Netflix Shows about Food

Unlike Food Network cooking shows, Netflix food shows tend toward travel and story-telling. In these shows we learn not only about new foods, but we learn of the culture behind them and the people that make them. Here’s a list of the best shows on Netflix that center around food (in no particular order).

Carve Pumpkin

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!

Pão De Queijo

Pão De Queijo : 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!

Vegan Plant Based Eating

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.

Year in Blogging

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

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.

Cooking in Quarantine

Reflections on Cooking in Quarantine | Lifestyle

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

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.

orange espresso

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

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.

Peach Buckle

Decadent Peach Buckle | Baking

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

Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach | Recipe – Vegan

A super simple creamed spinach recipe that’s 100% vegan! Using a cashew cream makes this recipe as lusciously creamy as the full-dairy version.

Lemon Blueberry Cake Recipe

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…

Chocolate Syrup (Sugar Free Option) | 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.

How to Cook Dried Beans | Recipe

Easy Instant Pot recipe for the most popular varieties of beans! No overnight soaking. All you need is your favorite dried beans and a pressure cooker.

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 Make Great Pizza at Home | Recipe

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!

Banana Bread

Ultimate Banana Bread | Baking

Light, fluffy, and cakey, this is not your average dense banana bread recipe. Add some chocolate chips for an extra flair and serve it as dessert! 15 minutes of prep time is all you need.

Far Western Tavern – Orcutt, CA | Restaurant Review

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

Top 8 Essential Baking Utensils

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…

Pumpkin Curry Soup with Sweet Potato | Recipe

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

Pismo Beach, CA | Restaurant Review

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.

Blueberry Lemon Popsicles

Refreshing Blueberry Lemon Popsicles | Recipe

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

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…

Meal Prep

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,…

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 Recipe

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 Crisp

Berry Stone Fruit Crisp | Baking

If using berries, you can throw this crumble together in 10 minutes flat. Bring it to a potluck, or let it bake while dinner is cooking! It’s a foolproof recipe that relies heavily on ingredients already in your pantry. No mixer required!

Cornbread Muffins

Quick and Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins | Baking

This is a quick, semi-homemade recipe for cornbread muffins using a big helper — Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. Packed with corn, cheese, and jalapeños, these muffins do well at potlucks, and can be easily made in a double batch for larger parties.

Sweet Peach Cornmeal Cake – Bolo de Fubá | Baking

Peak peach season is the 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!

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.

Creamy Tzatziki – Yogurt Sauce | Recipe

Traditionally made with thick strained yogurt, this easy Tzatziki recipe uses cream cheese for an extra thick and creamy consistency.

Nice Cream

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! This decedant chocolate cake is filled with strawberry-mascarpone and adorned with pastel floral accents.

Easy Steamed Artichokes Recipe

With this easy-to-follow steam and spices recipe for preparing artichokes, you’ll find these hearty flowers an accessible side dish for any entrée. Though you may find them tasty enough to make them the star!

Ember Restaurant Review | Arroyo Grande, CA

A SLO County gem, serving up wood-fired California cuisine, featuring farm-to-table ingredients and an unending supply of culinary creativity.

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 oils.

Garlic, Lemon, Parsley, Tahini Salad Dressing | Recipe

This creamy, tart salad dressing is packed with flavor and nutrient-rich ingredients. Here we’ll take a closer look at three key ingredients in this recipe: parsley, lemon, and garlic. Raw, vegan recipe ready in 15 minutes!

Kale Chickpea Pasta (Garbanzo Beans) | 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.

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 décor 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’…

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!

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