Tomato and Farro Soup

Tomato and Farro Soup

Slow simmered farro blended into a spiced tomato soup then topped with cool coconut milk, golden almonds and torn cilantro.  I still remember my first sip of this Tomato and Farro Soup.  Bold.  Aromatic.  And utterly addicting.  Each spoonful delivered a satisfying bite of contrasting flavor, texture and temperature.  It’s hard to believe that something this delicious could actually be healthy!  I know you don’t hear me talk about nutrition a lot here on Kitchen Konfidence, but I needed to keep it in mind when developing this recipe for Meals-On-Wheels Greater San Diego.  For more than 50 years, Meals-On-Wheels Greater San Diego has been devoted to providing healthy meals to San Diego seniors.  Low in sodium and fat, this seasonal soup is a tasty treat for seniors and juniors alike!  Continue reading for a link to the recipe plus more information on Meals-On-Wheels Greater San Diego.

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Mixed Berry and Candy Beet Smoothie

Mixed Berry and Candy Beet Smoothie

Baby candy beets are one of those adorable vegetables I often admire at the store, but never actually purchase.  Usually found at fancy restaurants, these beets are sweet, earthy and oh so pretty.  Their skin varies between vibrant hues of red and pink.  When cut open, baby candy beets are red and pink with white stripes throughout.  Opting for their larger brethren, I never really had a use for baby candy beets.  Until this smoothie.  Made with frozen mixed berries and roasted candy beets, this substantial smoothie is packed with bold flavors perfect for a warm summer morning.  Simply roast a bunch of these beets over the weekend, store in the refrigerator, and use throughout the week.  Their small size speeds up roasting time and makes portioning an easy task.  Continue reading for more pictures plus a link to the recipe!

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Ceviche Tostadas with Cilantro Cream

Ceviche Tostadas with Cilantro Cream

On a hot summer day, what could be better than a cool, refreshing fish dish that doesn’t require you to turn on the oven to cook?  These Ceviche Tostadas are made by marinating mild white fish and onions in a bath of pale green lime juice.  The citric acid “cooks” the fish in just over 1 hour (for medium-rare).  The fish is then flavored with a bright blend of green chile, fresh tomato and chopped cilantro.  What takes this dish to the next lev (#YumToTheNextLev) is a smooth, cilantro-flecked cream sauce.  A verdant tangle of cilantro is blitzed up with lime juice and mayo, creating a perfect counter to the zing of the ceviche.  So I urge you crack open an ice cold beer and give this recipe a go.  So easy.  So delicious.  Continue reading for more pictures of the ceviche plus a link to the recipe.

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Ginger Liqueur

Ginger Liqueur

Since first making Ginger Liqueur, I’ve found myself on a number of occasions wandering back behind the bar to steal a moment with this jar of pure amber beauty.  In one quick motion, the clasp is undone and the lid popped back.  The sweet scent of vanilla, orange and ginger escapes from the opening with just a hint of orange blossom in the background.  A smell almost as intoxicating as the alcohol.  After mixing a drink of Ginger Liqueur, vodka, lemon and sparkling water, I relax for the evening, enjoying each sip of my handcrafted Ginger Lemon Fizz.  Making liqueurs at home is a simple process that produces tasty results often cheaper than store-bought equivalents.  A liqueur is essentially an alcohol infusion that has been sweetened with a simple (or flavored) syrup. With no special equipment needed, this sweet infusion comes together in just three days. Continue reading for more pictures of Ginger Liqueur plus a link to the recipe!

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Kale Chips

Smokey Spiced Kale Chips

So let me start by saying that I’m officially obsessed with Kale Chips.  Light, crispy and nutty, this salty snack is made with just three ingredients and minimal effort.  Kale is also a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals and many other beneficial bonuses (like fighting cancer and mental illness!).  I mean seriously, who knew that something this healthy could also be so delicious and satisfying?  Standing in my kitchen across from a sheet of freshly baked Kale Chips, I eagerly eyed the leafy morsels waiting for the moment when they would be cool enough to taste.  One bite.  Yum.  Another bite.  Mmm.  Shortly after, I snapped out of Kale Chip euphoria to realize that I had eaten half of the chips scattered across the baking sheet.  I can almost guarantee you will experience something similar.  Continue reading for more pictures of Kale Chips plus a link to the recipe (including a spicy variation).

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Potato Chip Cookies plus Pacific San Diego Magazine

Potato Chip Cookies

So I have some exciting news to announce today!!  Pacific San Diego, a local SD lifestyle magazine, asked me to participate in their newly launched blogger series.  I’ll be sharing one article a week in the What’s Cooking category.  First up, Potato Chip Cookies.    Made with vanilla, toasted pecans and potato chips, these salty-sweet confections come in two variations: salted crumble and chocolate dipped.  They taste like Pecan Sandies with a little something extra :)  The flavors are crisp, clean and well-balanced.  You simply must add these to your to-bake list.  In addition to the blogger series, I have another fun announcement.  Continue reading for details.

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