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Cauliflower mashed potatoes

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The next time you’re asked to bring a side dish to a potluck supper — or anytime your menu calls for mashed potatoes — you may wish to add a bit of punch to your dish by throwing in some fresh veggies. This mashed potato recipe is inspired by the colorful varieties of cauliflower that are now becoming readily available. The purple color comes from an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is also found…

Asparagus cornbread with roasted garlic

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Here in Northern California impending asparagus festivals are conjuring up all kinds of treatments for the perennial herb: battered and fried spears, blended in ice cream, stir-fried, sauteed, souped, sauced … But many times asparagus recipes end up doing injustice to what is otherwise a very nutritious and lovely food. We all know of asparagus’ rather pronounced effect on one’s … ahem … secretions. That said, asparagus does have beneficial diuretic…

Vegan coconut flan with raspberry coulis

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Do you love a nice custard flan, but wish to avoid the dairy and eggs? This vegan coconut flan with raspberry coulis makes a refreshing ending to a hearty meal. Since this vegan recipe contains no eggs or gelatin, obtaining a flan with the right delicately firm consistency was a bit of a challenge. My first attempt at a baked custard, replacing the eggs with a common dried egg substitute,…

Fresh garbanzo beans

Fresh garbanzo beans — Enjoy them while they last!

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I’m always on the lookout for produce I’ve never encountered before. So when I came across a bin of pillowy green pods, I wasted no time in tearing one open to see what it contained. A miniature green brain? A wrinkly pea? I popped the bean into my mouth and found it had a delicate sweet flavor. Oh, these must be fresh garbanzo beans! Now, I’m a sucker for all…

Fight greens fatigue with a spicy black bean-chard saute

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The first few CSA boxes of the season evoke a number of feelings in me: enjoyment of the season, creative fervor on how I’ll use all that produce … and a little thing I call “greens fatigue.” Among a few other odds and ends, the list of what was in my last CSA box included spinach, arugula, bok choy, cilantro, kale, head lettuce, and chard. Greens are crunchy, tasty, and…