September 17, 2014
by Mimi Holtz
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Cold Quinoa and Tuna Salad: Hot Weather, Cold Salad


I can’t remember having weather this crazy since I moved to Southern California in 1977.   There has been a hurricane off the coast of Mexico to the south,  and the weather here in San Diego has been very, very hot.   Not the normal hot of September, but a blistering hot that affects the coastal towns as well as the normally toasty inland areas.  Not a dry heat either, but humid and heavy.   105 degrees with high humidity is not much fun….and it’s only 10 degrees cooler at the beach 20 miles to our west.

We’ve been staying inside, grateful that we finally had air conditioning installed a few years ago.  When we do go outside we open the door and close it as quickly as we can…there is such a huge difference between the oven-like temperatures outside and comfortable coolness inside.  It reminds me of living in the northeast, especially during college, when the temperatures outside could be way below zero in the winter.   In a way, it feels “like home” to be sequestered inside.   The only problem is that I don’t want to cook anything, or turn on the oven and warm up the kitchen.

I cooked up a whole bag of Bob’s Red Mill Tricolor Quinoa a few days ago,and used it to improvise some cold salads this week. Continue Reading →

September 12, 2014
by Mimi Holtz

Tuna Salad with Lentils: Theme and Variations


Isn’t this a pretty salad?  Just looking at the photo makes me want to make and eat it all over again.   Our fresh avocados are especially buttery this time of year because they are high in oil content late in the season.  Creamy avocado and juicy red peppers in a tuna salad with lentils…that’s what I want for lunch!

It’s too hot to cook,  so I’ve been reinventing summer salads for our meals, adding colors and flavors to help us survive the blistering heat. Continue Reading →

September 9, 2014
by Mimi Holtz

Blueberry Tart: Gluten-Free and Cane Sugar-Free


Last weekend our family got together to celebrate a birthday and to celebrate our daughter’s completion of her masters degree.  It’s really special when we can all be together these days, since everyone has grown up and gone their own way.  I wanted to serve one of our family’s favorite desserts,   but it needed to be gluten-free and cane sugar-free for someone special who can’t eat regular flour and sugar.  I changed up the ingredients for our Blueberry Tart and the result was really good!  The coconut flour gives a slight coconut flavor to the crust,  creating a wonderful flavor opposite the blueberries. Continue Reading →

September 6, 2014
by Mimi Holtz

Almond and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


I used to bake cookies all the time when our four kids were growing up here on the ranch.   I still love to bake cookies, but I’m always tempted to eat too many so I just don’t bake very often.   Last weekend all four of our grown children were home at the same time.   We had a great time together…and that put me into a cookie-baking mood.

Bob’s Red Mill sent me some  finely ground almond meal to try out, and the instructions on the package stated that it could be used in place of regular flour for low-carb baking. Continue Reading →

August 18, 2014
by Mimi Holtz

Maine Lobster Meets California Avocado!


One of my favorite treats is Lobster Roll.   When I visit Vermont, I always make it a point to get lobster roll.   The grocery store near my mom’s house sells a package with three little lobster rolls, and I’ve been known to snarf all three in the parking lot.  There’s a restaurant on Lake Champlain in Burlington where I love to order lobster roll,  but you only get one on the plate with french fries and cole slaw.   I’ve never had my fill of lobster salad.

Imagine my excitement when I received an e-mail last week from Joe of .   It began:  “Hi I came across your site on Twitter of all places! Would you be interested in trying some lobster. …”   I think I stopped breathing right then. Continue Reading →

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