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July 2015



Potato Salad

Written by , Posted in Dinner, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Nuts, Potatoes, Potlucks, Salads, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian


Nothing says summer and comfort food all in one bite like potato salad. My mom makes great potato salad. We ate it a lot growing up (and still do, when we go home to visit). I never get tired of it. There are so many things you can do with potato salad. This one is a classic that’s been tweaked a bit… In a good way.


For me, classic means hard boiled eggs, potatoes, and a creamy sauce. There might be something crunchy in there too – celery, pickles, red onions, bacon…

I didn’t vary on the eggs. Hard boiled goodness. I know there are many schools of thought on the perfect way to boil an egg. I do it one of two ways: I bring some water to a boil, add about 1 t white vinegar (so the whites seize up if the shell cracks), then either boil for 15 minutes, or turn the heat off and cover and let them stand for 15 minutes. Recently we watched an episode of Good Eats and Alton Brown did the turn off the heat method, so I tried it. It worked. The other way does too (the way my mom taught me).


I strayed a bit with the potatoes. Only a bit though. I added some parsnips. I almost added turnips… Maybe next time. But, parsnips, try them if you want to be a little bit creative, but not too. They look like the potatoes (you know, in case anyone is picky about color), and they only taste a tiny bit different. I mean, I know they’re in there and I hardly notice them.


The creamy dressing for my potato salad is usually a combination of yogurt and mayo. This time, I had some homemade mayo on hand (made with Burroughs Family Farm eggs). Since you’re not really supposed to keep homemade mayo around for too long, this was the perfect way to use it up. I also added some plain yogurt, and olive oil (just because I love the taste). There’s some garlic, herbs, and paprika. Salt, pepper, and dijon mustard. I don’t know if I’ve ever followed a potato salad recipe other than my mom’s, so I don’t know how far from normal I’ve gone. I also don’t care all that much. Because Tim thought it tasted great and so did I.


It’s really a four-step dish. Steam potatoes (then cool). Cook eggs so that the perfectly golden yolks are firm. Whisk dressing. Assemble. And then, usually I stand there “making sure it tastes ok”, which means eating about half of it before it goes into the fridge. It’s one of my favorite things to eat. I take after my mom.


This was great on its own. It was fabulous topped with some chopped walnuts and tomatoes. But, I really couldn’t pick a way that I preferred it. So, if you want it to be more classic, leave the toppings off. If you want to spice things up, add them. If you add them you’re also adding more protein (walnuts), and a healthy fruit (tomato – yes, it’s technically a fruit).


It’s best eaten outdoors, while barbecuing, surrounded by loved ones. But, can also be enjoyed for breakfast (ask my mom), lunch, or dinner, with sandwiches, other salads, burgers, grilled meats and veggies, or just on its own.

Happy Eating!

Potato Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Potato Salad


  • 2 1/4 lbs (about 8 medium) potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 lb. (about 2 medium) parsnips (optional, can use all potatoes), cubed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 C mayo (homemade if you have it)
  • 3/4 to 1 C plain yogurt
  • 1-2 T dijon mustard
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 hot pepper (optional), ribs and seeds removed, minced
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t fresh thyme (or 1/2 t dried)
  • 2 T white vinegar
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 2-4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 C tomatoes, chopped, for topping
  • 1/2 C walnuts, chopped, for topping
  • 2 T combo of any or all: chives, parsley, or basil, chopped, for topping


  1. Heat a large pot with about 1 1/2" water at the bottom. Bring to a boil. Add potatoes and parsnips to a steamer basket and add to the pot. Cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until they're tender. Cool completely.
  2. Whisk together mayo through pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  3. Toss vegges with dressing. Fold in eggs. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Refrigerate for an hour or serve immediately.
  4. Serve topped with tomatoes, walnuts, and herbs, or just on its own.




April 2015



Warm Beet and Walnut Salad

Written by , Posted in Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Grains, Herbs, Lunch, Main Dishes, Nuts, Potlucks, Quick and Easy, Quinoa, Rice, Salads, Sides, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


It’s spring. But, here in L.A. it seems like the weather’s not sure what it wants to do. One week it feels like summer, the next, we’re back to our winter weather.

But, this salad can be eaten rain or shine.

It’s a simple one. And it goes kinda like this…

You start with a grain: Quinoa, brown rice, bulgur wheat, wild rice, or couscous.

You choose your veggies (any or all): Beets, carrots, greens, tomatoes (ok, technically a fruit), or summer squash.

Then you choose your add ins: Walnuts, almonds, raisins, apples, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.

Fresh herbs are added: Parsley, basil, or thyme.

And you’re ready to eat!


Since we get beets year round here, we can eat this hearty salad whenever we want. I had golden beets on hand, but red beets would work well too.


I love the feeling of sunshine that golden beets bring to my kitchen. They’re such a happy root veggie.


Veggies are cooked in a skillet – easy! Beets are a pretty dense root veggie, so be sure to give them enough time to cook (20 minutes or so seemed to do the trick for me).


I love raw walnuts, so they were a perfect choice. Some raisins and apples added a bit of sweetness to the already sweet beets and carrots. Sweet, but not too.


For my grain, I chose quinoa. Packed with protein, it seemed like a great fit for a vegan dish.


Some quality olive oil and a good squeeze of lemon brighten and round out the dish.


The finished product is a warm salad. The beets warm the add ins slightly, while the add ins cool the cooked veggies. You could also refrigerate and eat it a few hours later.

Quick and easy to prepare, packed with nutrients and protein, this one was a hit at our house. Even Tim, who isn’t crazy about beets, thought it was really good.

Happy Eating!

Warm Beet and Walnut Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 3-4

Warm Beet and Walnut Salad


  • 1 C water or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 C uncooked quinoa (rinsed) (or couscous, wild rice, bulgur wheat, or brown rice with appropriate amount of water)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 C golden beets (red beets would work great too), peeled and chopped
  • 1 C carrots (or summer squash), chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 3 C greens (like spinach, chard, or kale), chopped
  • sprinkle cayenne
  • 1 t fresh parsley, chopped (divided)
  • 1 t fresh basil, chopped (divided)
  • 2 T raisins, chopped
  • 1/4 C apple, chopped
  • 1 C walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 C pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa. Bring back to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, or until done. (If using other grains, cook according to package's instructions.)
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-low. Add olive oil. When the oil is hot add the beets through pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes (or until veggies are tender), adding greens after about 10-15 minutes (depending on type of greens - more tender greens will require less time to cook).
  3. Remove skillet from the heat. Stir in half of the herbs (reserving the rest for topping), and then raisins through lemon juice, and cooked quinoa. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  4. Serve warm, at room temperature, or cold, with a lemon wedge for squeezing over.



October 2013



Wilted Kale with Walnuts and Bacon

Written by , Posted in Dinner, Farm to Dinner Party Table, Gluten Free, Meat, Pork, Sides, Vegetables


Wilted Kale with Walnuts and Bacon
Recipe Type: Side, Vegetables, Meat, Pork, Nuts, Stove Top
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 6-8
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3 bunches kale, stems removed, sliced into long ribbons
  • pinch nutmeg
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 C walnuts, chopped
  1. Cook bacon. Drain on paper towel. When cooled, crumble and set aside. Discard fat from pan (or reserve a bit for cooking).
  2. Add olive oil (if all bacon fat was discarded), when hot, add kale and some seasonings. Use tongs to turn and mix kale, as it wilts down, add more kale and more seasonings. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until all kale is wilted. Add 2 T balsamic vinegar. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  3. Serve topped with walnuts and bacon.




April 2013



Not Your Average Spinach-Artichoke Dip – Episode 63

Written by , Posted in A Cooking Show with Rachel O, Abundant Harvest Organics, Appetizers, Cheese, Gluten Free, Lunch, Nuts, Potlucks, Sides, Snacks, This Week's Feast, Vegetables, Vegetarian

SpinachArtichokeDip3Today I made dip. It’s not your average Spinach-Artichoke Dip. No way. It’s made with artichokes, walnuts, spinach, and beet greens. There’s a little cheese too. Cheese is always a good addition to dip in my books. I’m totally a fan of creamy dips and sauces. But this time, I exchanged the mayo for balsamic vinegar…

Really, I use the term “dip” loosely. It’s more of a “scoop”, but I don’t know if that works…

If you didn’t blend it, this could be a side dish of wilted greens that you eat with a fork. I’d be ok with that serving option. Or maybe you might want to add some of the water from a pot of cooking pasta and make it into a pasta dish? Be my guest! But, my plan is to scoop it out of a bowl with a cracker or some French bread and call it dinner. Yes, dinner. Or snack, appetizer, lunch, breakfast (alongside a fried egg? Sure, I think so.)…




I’ll admit that it’s not quite as pretty as one of those creamy Spinach-Artichoke dips. It’s the balsamic that gives it the dark color. Totally worth it.


Something I didn’t do that I’m regretting: I didn’t add bacon. That would have been a good addition. Great, now not only am I hungry, but I’m hungry for bacon…

Happy Eating!

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Spinach-Artichoke Dip


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 8-10 artichokes (outer leaves, tip, stem, and choke removed), finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 C walnuts, chopped
  • pinch or two coconut palm sugar (or any sugar)
  • 1/2 C balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 to 1 t dijon mustard
  • 1/2 t to 1 t salt
  • pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 C spinach, torn
  • 3-4 C beet greens, torn
  • 1-2 C cheese, grated (mixture of parmesan and gruyère)
  • crackers, bread, or bagel chips for serving


  1. Heat skillet. Add oil. When oil is hot, add artichokes, shallot, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and sugar. Cook for 3-5 minutes, over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add garlic and walnuts. Cook 2 minutes, over medium heat, stirring often.
  3. Add vinegar and reduce down for 3-4 minutes (or less!).
  4. Stir in dijon. Add beet greens and wilt down for 2 minutes, (to help greens wilt down: using tongs, pick up greens and bits from the bottom and turn over). Add spinach and wilt down for 2 minutes, or until all greens are wilted.
  5. Using the chopper attachment of a hand blender (or a food processor), working in batches (if needed), blend the dip to desired consistency.
  6. Stir in cheese.
  7. Serve topped with a little more cheese.

This episode is sponsored by: Abundant Harvest Organics, Bari Olive Oil, Waterfall Creative, Molly Jenson.



August 2011



Walnut Kale and Balsamic Dip

Written by , Posted in Appetizers, Bread, Cheese, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Dishes, Nuts, One Dish Dinners, Quick and Easy, Sauces, Sides, Snacks, Vegetables, Vegetarian


Dinner Tonight – French Bread with Oil, Vinegar and Walnuts
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 2
Dinner tonight was fresh baked French Bread, with, I don’t even know what to call the side, not a sauce, just a mixture of yummy foods that go well together. Quick, easy, delicious.
  • 5 T olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C red onion
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • sprinkle nutmeg
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 C chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C chopped kale (chard, spinach, dandelion or any greens that you have on hand)
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese
  • 1 loaf French Bread, fresh from the oven (or fresh from the store, warmed in the oven)
  1. Saute the onion in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes, over medium-low heat, until the onion is softening, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, walnuts and kale, cook about 3 minutes more.
  3. Serve warm, with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top (lots of it!), and scoop the mixture with hot from the oven French bread.
This would be awesome with bacon crumbled into it. (July 22, 2010)

Cooking Light’s French Bread Recipe