First off, I wanted to thank you for all of your kind and enthusiastic responses about my book news. I'm deeply grateful and all the more inspired to make a delectable cookbook for all of you!

Okay. Now, let's get back to cooking...

After 3 years of growing food in our backyard, we're finally really getting what works and what doesn't. It pained us to recently tear out our entire raspberry patch, when we accepted that it just wasn't getting enough sun. But when it comes to greens and herbs, we can rock them all year round. Kale is the family fave and we have a whole bed devoted to growing all sorts of varietals - now we don't even have to make a trip to the market to procure some tasty greens. This makes my inner lazy cook especially happy!

Ever since I got Heidi Swanson's book last year, I've been wanting to make her quinoa patties. I often find myself with leftover cooked quinoa in the fridge and I end up eating it with all sorts of things... leftover roasted chicken, salsa, herbs, beans, and almost always avocado. Transforming leftover quinoa into hearty little savory cakes is brilliant and I love the versatility of Heidi's recipe. I think you could use quinoa or any other grain here - brown rice, millet, and/or amaranth would all be delish. And adding veggies to the mix seemed like a natural addition:  if you don't have kale, try spinach, broccoli, shitake mushrooms  - whatever you have on hand, or grow in your own backyard. Avocado, salsa verde, lemon, salt, cilantro, and garlic oil all were tasty topping for the patties we made, and I can imagine so many more ways to enjoy these savory cakes - I'm sure you can too.


An update: my book is available for pre-order now at...

I’ve been bursting to share this news with all of you..... I’m writing a cookbook! This blog that started on a whim three years ago has turned out to be an unexpected and massive gift in my life: fostering in us an ever-deeper appreciation of homegrown flavors and seasonal abundance in our own kitchen and garden, helping me to discover a serious passion for food photography, and finally connecting with so many of you talented food-lovers out there - not just in the Bay Area, but around the world. I’m grateful for all of your support, comments, and enthusiasm - thank you!

Just like this blog, my book is inspired by flavor, bounty, joy and a deep love of food, and its pages will be packed with simple, seasonal recipes that are of course gluten-free as well. I have more than 80 brand new recipes just for the book, and will also include a few old favorites. We've been cooking up a storm around here and I cannot wait to share all of the deliciousness with you: from tasty cocktails, to eggy delights, ample whole grains, treats from the sea, succulent meats, tons of fruits and veggies, and plenty of baked buttery goodness.

Yummy Supper: 100 fresh, luscious, and honest recipes from a {gluten-free} omnivore will be published August, 2014, by Rodale Books. I owe huge thanks to my amazing agent Carole Bidnick for finding such a perfect home for my project. Rodale Inc was started in 1930 by J.I. Rodale, considered by many to be the father of the organic movement in America. I feel honored to be included in the Rodale family, not just because of Rodale's unparalleled place in the sustainable food movement, but also for his influence on my own family dinner table. I was lucky enough to grow up on the wholesome flavors of organic fruits and veggies cultivated in my mom’s plentiful garden, which was directly inspired by Rodale’s books - her beloved gardening tomes. Elissa Altman, whom many of you may already know from her own brilliant writing at Poor Man’s Feast, is my editor at Rodale. Elissa’s dedication to Rodale’s core ethos - a thoughtful passion for real food and healthful deliciousness  - makes her an ideal shepherd in the making of this book.

I have a feeling this book will keep me extremely busy over the next year, but you can still find me here talking about food, cooking, and of course sharing plenty of recipes and photos all along the way.