Posts made in January, 2012

January. It’s a Wrap.

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Daniel Fast Recipes | 0 comments

The 2012 Daniel Fast is behind us.  Bittersweet.

A slow transition suits me just fine.

I found a way to wrap up January with a few of my favorite foods.















Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onion with Kosher Salt and Chili Powder.








Pico de Gallo with avocado.  Sans onion.  I don't like raw onion.















425 degrees for about 20 minutes.

A foil lined baking sheet makes clean-up easy.








MP chose a tortilla.








I chose ~ Leaf of Chard.








...a little Quinoa too.








Endless ideas.

Football Food is still a few days away!















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Holly and Wyatt

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Party Drinks and Appetizers, Pasta | 0 comments

My niece, Holly and her little man, Wyatt

hosted a wine and cheese party in our home on Saturday.








There was a tasting table...











and a buffet.











I chose three cheeses from Whole Foods Market.















Humboldt Fog.  My favorite Goat with a distinctive ash stripe








Buttermilk Blue from Wisconsin

Ewephoria sheep's milk  from Holland~it's good.








Spicy Lamb Meatballs with Home made Marinara








Ina Garten's Chive Risotto Cakes.








Warm Bruschetta with Gorgonzola.

--adapted from

Roasted Tomatoes & Basil Pasta


  • 1 pound ripe plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 8 ounces penne pasta


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tomatoes, basil, Parmesan, olive oil and garlic in a shallow baking dish or pie plate. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake until tomatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Stir in balsamic vinegar. Toss with hot cooked pasta and serve with additional Parmesan.
  3. The tomato mixture also makes a delicious appetizer.
  4. Serves 4-6
  5. © Copyright 2011 Peggy Barrett Lunde
  6. All Rights Reserved








A sweet ending.








What was the best part of your Saturday?




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Winter Garden

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Daniel Fast Recipes, Pasta | 0 comments

As January ends we always get a little warm weather and nights remain chilly.











I am amazed at the few things that hang on...











Red Lion Amaryllis saving herself for January (Lioness)








One climbing rose.








Cymbidium or Boat Orchid.  Who knew?








Please come pick our grapefruit








but not the Meyer Lemons.








Nectarine blossoms








Hydrangea in bud break








Daffodils making a pre spring show always make me happy.








MP's Spring Pea Pods








Basil from seed.








Volunteer Lettuces taste pretty good!

Two more recipes for your Daniel Fast Finish.








Vintage Vegetable Chili








A throwback from my 70's fare.









Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew with Fragrant Quinoa


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Tofu Tuesday

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Daniel Fast Recipes, Tofu | 1 comment

Tofu gets a bad rap-- Are you afraid of tofu?

Mention tofu in a serious conversation and expect no respect.

The last few days got away from me.

I missed Chinese New Year.

San Francisco. Powell Street.























































































If you missed it too...

Have a little tofu.

You will love the warm spices and bright flavors coaxed out of these dishes.








Soba, Tofu, and Broccoli in Gingered Garlic Sauce








in vintage Chinese bowls.











Hot and sour Soup with Tofu







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National Pie Day ~ January 23

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in New | 5 comments

MP is always tearing articles out of the newspaper for future reference.

Thursday he handed me one of his important finds.








Why is National Pie Day celebrated on January 23 or 1/23?

Because celebrating the wholesome goodness of pie is as easy as 1-2-3,

says the National Pie Council.

I picked up a pie crust at the Newport Beach SusieCakes store on Friday.















The pie entries were to be delivered between 10 and 3 on Saturday for the tasting.

I chose a strawberry pie that I had created for the 4th of July.

The surprise is a cheesecake cream layered on the crust after it is blind baked

and before it is topped with giant strawberries and a slightly sweetened

Grand Marnier glaze.

I use the  less attractive berries at the bottom of the basket for the glaze.








Although it requires 3 baskets of premium berries, we have

the most beautiful strawberries available in the middle of winter.





Winner! Winner! Congratulations! My answering machine sang out!

Susan loved your Strawberry Pie.















I stopped by to pick up my prize and learned that Susie herself was the judge!


I sort of thought she may be a fictitious icon like...

The only other thing I can remember winning is a faucet

at the Grand Opening of a Plumbing Supply store.


Happy Birthday to me~~









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