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  • 86 Mayo

    86 The Mayo! Healthy Alternative Sandwich Spreads

    Over the last few years, the classic deli sandwich has been through a major overhaul as we strive to create nutritious yet satisfying ways to reinvent this American staple. At the store, as I read the labels on many of these common household condiments, meats and breads, I quickly discovered a plethora of hidden sugars, salt, nitrates, antibiotics and even growth hormones. Bad, bad, 1000 times BAD!

    My journey began with the basics, finding reliable sources for high quality bread, cheese and meat. Once I found a healthy source for these, I decided to explore my choices for delicious condiments and greens to create a sandwich that was truly Voovacious!

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  • Marinated Sashimi

    Marinated Sashimi & Edamame/Wasabi Spread

    This is one of my favorite go-to recipes. I marinate the fish and make the edamame/wasabi spread a day in advance to let the flavors mingle and get friendly with each other. This wonderfully fresh appetizer can be served over sesame crackers, fried wontons, cucumber slices or tucked into endive leaves. You can also make a perfect meal by serving the marinated sashimi over a bed of mรขche (lamb’s lettuce) leaves and frisรฉe lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces, accompanied by a few slices of avocado.

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  • March 2015 Meyer Lemons

    Le Voov! Fruit: Meyer Lemons ๐Ÿ‹ ๐Ÿ‹ ๐Ÿ‹

    We are blessed to have not one, but two Meyer lemon trees in our yard. As the days grow shorter in late autumn, the yellow orbs begin to deepen in color and look like bright seasonal ornaments stealthfully hiding among the deep green foliage. With the passing of each winter day, the lemons grow sweeter, and knowing this makes me feel warm right down to my toes.

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  • LV Lemon Pound CakeFF

    Grandmaโ€™s Meyer Lemon Pound Cake ๐Ÿ‹

    My Grandmother was always in the kitchen cooking up something wonderful. As I recall, even the couch in her house smelled like a perfectly pleasant blend of fresh-baked cookies and thick-cut bacon. (I know that sounds weird, but it was absolutely the bees-knees as a kid!)

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  • Rasp Ginger Snap

    Raspberry Ginger Snap

    Several decades ago I began exploring the art of infusing various fruit and herbal mixtures with spirits. It started innocently enough with a simple curiosity to find a way to blend the medicinal anti-inflammatory qualities of the ginger root with the anti-oxidants in wild berries. Wah-lah, the Raspberry Ginger Snap was born!

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  • Lemon Chicken

    Lemon Chicken Piccata ๐Ÿ‹ ๐Ÿด

    Meyer Lemon Picatta is exquisitely divine and easy to prepare. The light, rich sweetness of the lemon sauce in juxtaposition to the salty capers and deep tones of white sage, make this a Splendiferous โ€˜comfort mealโ€™ to be shared with friends and family. Serve it with fresh pasta, herb-roasted potatoes or lemon-rice pilaf, accompanied by steamed asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts or try our Rainbow Carrots, Haricot Verts & Caramelized Shallots.

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  • LV Blog Lox FF

    Parisian Lox & Bagels Brunch

    This brunch is our daughterโ€™s very favorite lazy-weekend breakfast. We buy fresh bagels the afternoon prior so we can wake up in the morning ready for a truly pleasurable, relaxed meal. I usually get the variety bagels that have a bit of everything on top, rather than a specific topping like plain or sesame seed. Itโ€™s important to locate a good source for Wild-Caught Smoked Salmon (NOT Farmed Salmon) to ensure high quality lox, without the unnatural addition of toxins, anti-biotics, dyes, or growth hormones present. I usually add fresh chopped dill, a bit of cracked black pepper, and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the top of the lox for an extra bit of flavor. The bagels are accompanied by a platter of freshly sliced organic English cucumber, ripe avocado, thinly sliced red onions, lemons, and cilantro with a small bowl of capers.

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  • Rainbow Carrots And Verts

    Rainbow Carrots, Haricot Verts & Caramelized Shallots

    Rainbow carrots bring a marvelous splash of deep, bright color to any meal. The hues of purple, red, deep orange and yellow are complimented perfectly with the bright green verts (French green beans). This colorful, crunchy medley paired with the deep tones of the caramelized shallots and browned butter make for a lovely sidecar to any meal!

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  • Nut Butter Smoothie

    Nut-Butter Berry Banana Smoothie ๐ŸŒ

    One of my very favorite morning meals is the Nut-Butter Berry Banana Smoothie. (Oh behave yourselves naughty monkeysโ€ฆ!) I refer to this smoothie as โ€˜B3Zโ€™ (pronounced bee-3-zeeeeh!) since this name includes the word โ€˜Beeโ€™, and I just love, love, love bees!!! So, I prefer to call it B3Z!

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  • Feb. 2015 Recipe Shrimp With Endive Salad

    Shrimp with Endive, Blue Cheese and Fresh-Cut Tomatoes ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ…

    We have enjoyed this salad served both as a pre-dinner salad or an entree on a balmy summer night. The tart flavor of the endive is perfectly balanced by the rich, deep tones of blue cheese in this salad delight.

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  • LV Blog Corn Cheddar Chowder FF3

    Corn Cheddar Chowder

    Corn Cheddar Chowder is my go-to soup as we transition from the late summer heat of โ€˜Indian Summerโ€™ to autumn each year. Why? Because this is the ultimate in comfort food, without leaving you feeling like you need a long hibernation after ingesting it. (Though that is never a bad ideaโ€ฆright?)

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  • LV Blog PP FF

    Le Voov! Restaurant Review: The Peasant & The Pear ๐Ÿ

    The Peasant & The Pear

    267 Hartz Ave
    Danville, CA 94526 Ph. (925) 820-6611

    This marvelous restaurant is one of my new favorite East Bay restaurants, Michelin recommended, and a prime example of 5-star dining. Under the guidance of owner Rodney Worth and his wife Natalie, the menu is dynamic, the food is unique in flavor, the ambience is lovely, and the service is impeccable.

    A true Danville gem, this restaurant is quaintly hidden in a small plaza, so you may drive right past it without even noticing it. If you access the rear parking lot, it is quite easy to find.

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  • LV Blog Rockin Raspberry SmoothieFF

    Rockinโ€™ Raspberry Beauty Smoothie

    Embrace a diet rich in every spectrum of the rainbow for an ultimate beauty pick-me-up for your hair, skin and nails. Fruits & vegetables are packed with antioxidants along with other vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and minerals that play a huge role in achieving beauty through optimum health.

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  • LV Cha3 FF 2

    Le Voov! Restaurant Review: Cha Cha Cha’s

    Cha Cha Chaโ€™s (Tapas & More)

    1801 Haight Street, San Francisco 415 386-7670

    After visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden during the annual โ€˜Flower Pianoโ€™ celebration, we headed over to Cha Cha Chaโ€™s to experience incredible cuisine amid the chaos of blaring Latin music, devotional alters, and abundant laughter. The aromatic Cuban spices hang heavy in the air as the indigo walls of the restaurant envelop oneโ€™s senses. The kitchen is bustling with excitement while your stomach and your brain simultaneously define a divine hunger.

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  • Detox Smoothie June 2016

    Papaya & Lime Detox Smoothie

    With the heat of summer creeping in, I enjoy chilling down after my workout with a fruity, refreshing smoothie. The papaya, mango, banana and lime all contain phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. This smoothie is packed with vitamins A, B’s and C, which are great for clearing free radicals and lactic acid out of the muscles after a workout. The cucumber, aloe and coconut water have needed electorates and aid in a healthy digestive track. With all these vitamin-packed ingredients blended together, you get a high fiber, anti-inflammatory, immuno-boosting smoothie that will make you feel like a million bucks!

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  • LV Cafe Capistrano

    Le Voov! Restaurant Review: Cafe Capistrano ๐Ÿด ๐Ÿท

    Cafรฉ Capistrano, (Yucatan/Costa Maya) 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (650) 726-7699

    It was raining cats and dogs, but we decided we were going to trust the weather report and headed over to the coast despite the very wet conditions. The forecast was for clear skies by noon. As we approached the western edge of the North American continent, where the Pacific Ocean tickles the charming town of Half Moon Bay, the gentle rain had turned into a deluge. (Iโ€™m not complaining. We desperately need rain given the California drought of the last 4-years!)

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  • S.L. March 2015 Savory Wild Mushroom Soup Recipe

    Savory Wild Mushroom Soup ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿ„

    I developed this recipe after enjoying a non-cream based mushroom soup at a local restaurant recently. By eliminating the cream, the deep, earthy tones of the various mushrooms are easily detected on the palate. I also decided to use potato to thicken the broth, rather than wheat flour in an effort to make this a gluten free recipe, so our friends with wheat allergies may enjoy this rich, savory soup.

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  • Riveria Pears

    Le Voov! Fruit: Royal Riviera Pears ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ

    Each year, for as long as I can remember, our dear friends *Kathy and John have sent us a lovely box of Royal Riviera pears from Harry & David in Oregon. If you have never experienced this amazingly sweet and juicy pear, it is truly one to savor. (Please see my About page for details regarding *The Sisters)

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