Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad Recipe

California Quinoa Salad (Whole Foods Copycat)

California quinoa salad is mildly Thai-inspired with edamame, fresh mango, coconut flakes, raisins, bell pepper, red onion, fresh cilantro and almonds, lightly dressed in fresh lime juice and balsamic vinegar. Hello, Whole Foods knock-off! I think I love you. This is pasta salad’s cousin, the healthier version of picnic food that doesn’t have any oil… 

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Dutch Coffee Buns

Dutch Coffee Buns

Dutch coffee buns are yeast rolls traditionally topped with a jam glaze and filled with custard and raisins. Always one to buck tradition and in an effort to use up my leftover holiday baking supplies, I filled mine with almond paste, dried cranberries and then topped them off with a tart cherry jam glaze. This… 

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Homemade Almond Paste

Homemade Almond Paste

Making almond paste at home is easy, economical and especially useful when you need it in a pinch. Being I’m a spur-of-the-moment, somewhat impulsive baker the ability to crank out my own batch of almond paste really comes in handy. It’s not one of those things I routinely stock my pantry with unless it’s holiday… 

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Chopped Pear and Spinach Salad

Chopped Pear and Spinach Salad

There’s something about a chopped salad I adore. A salad cut into a million little pieces so just about every single bite includes the sum of its parts. For that perfect bite. Best when there’s a mix of sweet, savory and salty flavors as well as soft, crunchy and chewy textures. This chopped salad has… 

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Toasted Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix

Toasted Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix

I have a whole shelf in my kitchen stocked entirely with nuts, seeds and dried fruits. At times they threaten to overtake the entire pantry. To say I get a little carried away might be an understatement. I hate running out of any one thing…what if I need it to bake and there isn’t any!?… 

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Cherry Almond Clafoutis

Cherry Almond Clafoutis

Never before have I anticipated cherry season quite like this year! Lusting after cherries for weeks, my eyes peeled for their distinct color each time I step foot in a market, only to have my hopes dashed to the ground again and again. Up until this last time, when I did a little happy dance… 

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