YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Delicata Squash

The first time I had this dish was two years ago, in Santa Cruz, while celebrating the wedding of a wonderful couple. In keeping with an old family custom, and so that we could easily identify the affiliation of each guest, one side was instructed to wear gold and the other white. Guests mingled to create a sea of gold, yellow, cream, beige and white, all joined together to form a new and beautiful family. It was a sight I hope never to forget. The simple beauty of this recipe continues to reminds me of the love and joy of which we all became a part on that beautiful October day. Continue reading


YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad

I’m still collecting recipes for you to make to celebrate the end of football season! I hope you like this one! Many of the ingredients for this recipe have winter written all over them, which I am very happy about, since you can probably guess that I like to eat food in season. Continue reading


YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Roasted Butternut Squash Extraordinaire

If I were to pick a single food that best embodied the fall season, it would definitely be squash. And if I were to consider how best to prepare that squash to make it taste as delicious as possible, showing off its very best qualities, then this is the recipe I would choose. I would definitely recommend that you give this recipe a shot! Now (speaking of shots), you should feel free to try it with or without the whiskey. In case you were wondering, the alcohol burns off with the cooking, leaving behind that little extra dimension of flavor. But if it doesn’t appeal, just skip it. Continue reading