Sweet Potato Bake with Smoked Gouda and Sage

Sweet Potato Bake with Smoked Gouda and Sage

My CSA box blessed me with some sweet, small garnet yams and I just knew I needed to do something special with them.  My absolute favorite thing to do with sweet potatoes is to just cut them into cubes and roast them until soft and caramelized and then maybe add a bit of goat cheese.  I roast them in this dish, too.  But I take it a couple of flavors further and the result is sweet and savory and cheesy and crunchy.

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Steamed Green Beans with a Garlic Champagne Vinaigrette and Broiled Goat Cheese

Steamed Green Beans with a Garlic Champagne Vinaigrette and Broiled Goat Cheese

This dish looks like a side dish, I know.  But I ate it for lunch.  It won’t hurt my feelings, though, if you use it as a side dish, I promise. In fact, if you do, be sure to let me know what you decided to serve it with.

I mentioned in an earlier post about how challenging it can be for me to figure out what to take to work for lunch.  I can’t have sandwiches because I can’t eat wheat and I just haven’t found any gluten-free bread worth the substitution.  It just seems to be missing something.  Probably gluten.  I also don’t have access to a microwave or toaster oven or anything else I can use to heat up my food.  So I need lunch items that I can eat either cold or room temperature.  This little green bean salad fits the bill perfectly.  There’s no doubt that with the broiled goat cheese it’d be delicious warm.  And I confess to sneaking a bite just after it was finished.  There’s definitely no doubt.

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Grilled Tofu with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

Grilled Tofu with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

I live in Los Angeles and it takes me an hour to drive 12 miles twice a day just to get to and from work.  By the time I get home each day I’m exhausted and need to be able to throw together something quick, easy and tasty.  Yesterday’s dinner was just the right combination.

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Mrs. Wilkes’ Turnip Greens with a Fried Egg

Mrs. Wilkes' Turnip Greens With A Fried Egg

I was born in Savannah, Georgia in the mid-70s and lived there until I was about 7 (then my mom and I moved to Northern California).  While in Savannah my mom was a partner in a small general contracting firm and one of their clients was Mrs.Wilkes of Mrs. Wilkes’ Boardinghouse.  This is one of the most, if not the most, popular restaurants in Savannah to this day, although the lovely and sweet Mrs. Wilkes passed away years ago.  The line for this restaurant wraps around the block on a daily basis.

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