Monthly Archives: November 2012

Black Bean And Pureed Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

This is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients.  The pureed roasted red bell peppers, pico de gallo and the tomatilla salsa verde add a whole other dimension to it.  It’s one of the best black bean soups I have ever had, which makes it really hard to stop eating! : )


Make the Homemade Black Beans and then measure the beans and bean broth and add to a large pot

Roast all the Peppers

Add all peppers in a food processor except the yellow pepper, puree and add to the black beans

Dice the yellow bell peppers and add to the black beans

Add pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa verde, corn and all spices


Recipe – 10 to 12 servings

  • 5 Cups Black Bean Broth (water of Beans)
  • 4 Cups Homemade Black Beans
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 – 2 Jalapeno
  • 1/2 Cup Corn
  • 1 Cup Pico De Gallo
  • 1 Cup Tomatillo Salsa Verde
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Sea Salt or to taste

How to Roast Peppers

Roasted peppers add a wonderful flavor to all kinds dishes.  Use them in sauces, soups, salsas, tapas, dips and whatever you can come up with.



Roast peppers of your choice on the stove top at medium high heat

A gas stove is best but it will also work on electric

Char peppers on all sides turning with tongs When good and charred steam for 10 minutes in a covered dish or a paper bag rolled shut so the steam wont escape


Rinse the peppers and rub off the burnt parts, it is ok to leave a little

Slice in half and remove the seeds and stem

They are ready to slice, dice or puree!

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Rare and Unusual Succulents in Cambria, CA

While in Cambria, we came across this amazing gem of a shop.  They have Succulents of all kinds, most I bet you have never seen before!


The shop is located through another shop called The Garden Shed in the back.  While talking to the owner Nick Wilkinson, ( who was very helpful and extremely informative )  we realized he was a friend of a friend!  Small world!!!


Store mascot


Plants in an old sink is only one of their cool displays


Love the old tractor with all the drift wood


Vintage signs are everywhere





Robby had this red wagon when he was a kid




Cool fountain


Crazy spiral leaves



Holiday Arugula Salad

This salad has many textures and flavors, which are very complementary to each other


 Chop the arugula

Slice the cheese with a peeler

Add the dried cranberries,  maple walnuts, and lemon lime vinaigrette and toss


Recipe - Serves 2 – 4

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Lemon Lime Vinaigrette

This is a delightfully refreshing vinaigrette bursting with flavor!


Grate the lime peel then add to a jar

Mince the shallot and garlic then add to jar

Add the vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, olive oil and salt


Recipe – about 1 Cup

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (you can substitute Plain Champagne Vinegar)
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Organic Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoons Lime zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Organic Shallots
  • 1 Large clove Organic Garlic or 2 small cloves
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

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Maple Caramelized Walnuts

These are sooo easy to make and incredibly addictive!  Add to salads or just eat them for a healthy sweet snack.


Add everything in a saute pan on med heat

Stir the whole time

In about 3 minutes they will start to get sticky and when all moisture is gone turn off heat

Spread on parchment paper or a baking sheet and separate as best you can.  Wait a few minutes till hardened and they are ready.

There are 3 different measurements for the maple syrup depending on how sweet you want them.


Recipe – 2 Cups

  • 2 Cups Raw Walnuts
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (Mildly sweet)
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup (Medium Sweet)
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (Sweet)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

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