Grilled Pizza with Scallops, Shallots and Arugula

As a member of the Cultivar Wine Bloggers club, I receive quarterly shipments of their outstanding wines to pair with my recipes. This month I took things outdoors with grilled pizza and the 2014 Cultivar Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc.  Grilled Pizza with Scallops, Shallots and Arugula paired with Cultivar Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc | Fake Food Free

If you told me I could only grill one thing for the entire summer, my pick would be pizza. I might miss the grilled vegetables, maybe the meats, and most definitely the fruits, but having grilled pizza in front of me with the smoky, slightly crisp crust and the bubbly cheese would make it all better. 

We only just began grilling pizzas a few years ago and it was love at first slice. Since then I’ve experimented with different whole grain crusts and garden-fresh toppings as well as the best way to cook it.

While I’m a huge fan of the traditional with tomato sauce and mozzarella, I also like to step out of the box with some more original combinations. 


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Cashew Creamed Corn

This corn recipe uses creamy pureed cashews to recreate a favorite summer side dish. With fresh basil blended in, it is full of seasonal flavor. It fits into a vegan or dairy-free diet making it a great option for a variety of eating styles.   Cashew Creamed Corn | Fake Food Free | An easy summer side dish that is vegan-friendly and dairy-free.

Almost three years and I’m still trying to get used to living in a place where the weather varies little throughout the year. Fall is evident as most of the trees change colors and lose their leaves, and although there is no snow, winter brings cooler temperatures.

But spring and summer are a different story. 

In mid-February and early March, I watch people in my social media feeds share about their love or hate of the cold temperatures and snow while we are enjoying full-on spring. It’s that point when I start to lose track of time. Before I know it, the stone fruits show up at our farmers markets and people across the country are sharing pictures of tomatoes from the garden.

Oh, right. It’s almost July. 


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Shrubs and Shims from SHED in Healdsburg

Truth be told, I had no idea what a shim was. A shrub? Yes. I’d actually made some shrubs at home.  So when I was invited to a shims and shrubs workshop, I jumped at the chance, assuming that the shrub I knew had to be somewhat related to a shim that I was unfamiliar with. … 

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Hazelnut Milk 2

Cinnamon Cardamom Hazelnut Milk

     I wasn’t quick to jump on the nut milk bandwagon. It’s not that I don’t like almond milk, but when everyone started going crazy for it, seeing it as the new health drink, all I really saw was another processed food. I’m not a fan of all the thickeners and fillers in the ingredient lists… 

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Steamed Japanese Yams 3

Steamed Japanese Yams with Curry and Lime

These tender, steamed Japanese yams are flavored with curry powder and a twist of lime. They make a great side dish or snack!   I’ve been intrigued by the world of potatoes and yams for some time. I think it probably started when we traveled to Ireland. Visiting the food markets there opened me up… 

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