Posts By: Sitarani Palomar

Carrot Ginger Soup

A recent trip to Berkeley’s Mission: Heirloom, an organic, completely holistic, predominantly paleolithic restaurant, reminded me just how good so few ingredients can be (something our friends at S.W. Basics know extremely well). The big revelation came in a glorious bowl of Carrot Soup, one so simple that every ingredient could be detected by flavor, and they all… Read more »

4th of July Pasta Salad

  Looking for a pasta salad alternative to take to this year’s 4th of July picnic? Try Chef Sita’s Quinoa Salad with Pesto & Mozzarella served with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts. For a fun way to serve, skewer Bocconcini mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes, drizzle with pesto, and serve over cooked quinoa… Read more »

Aloe: The King of Botanicals

  Shirley Pinkson, co-founder of W3LL PEOPLE conscious cosmetics, calls aloe vera “the king of botanicals.” Why does this all-star makeup artist adore aloe so? Let me count the ways… 1. Amino Acids Of the 22 required human amino acids, aloe has 20, and 7 of them are part of the 8 essential amino acids… Read more »

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Here are some fun menu ideas to help you create a great morning for Mom. And remember: she shouldn’t have to lift a finger – especially not to clean up afterwards. Mother’s Day Menu Tea & Coffee w/ honey, sugar, lemon, cream – however she likes it! Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Valencia oranges make the… Read more »

Citrus Zest

It’s Citrus Time. All sorts of beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds fill the market. And, very likely, much of those vibrant colors are later seen in your compost bin. Might there be another way to preserve all of that gorgeous color and flavor? I’m glad you asked. It’s time to get zesting. The outermost layer… Read more »

Rice Pudding for Anyone and Everyone

Whether simple or decadent, this sweet treat has a variation that’s sure to please you. Find Chef Sita’s favorite, basic recipe here, and then get creative! For a soothing, sweet flavor, use ginger and chopped dates. For a royal, unforgettable flavor, stir in saffron threads and coconut milk. For a spicy, exotic pudding, try chai spices (like… Read more »

Homemade Basic Tahini Sauce

Tahini, aka sesame butter, is a pantry staple that mixes well in dips and sauces – making everything creamier, nuttier, and a little bit Mediterranean. It is also a great source of calcium and the essential amino acid lysine. Try this simple sauce over dark leafy greens, grains, tempeh, sweet potatoes, or as a dip… Read more »

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream

Traditional or Dairy-Free Traditional Whipped Cream 1: Choose your tools and favorite recipe Nested whisks Hand mixer Mason jar 2. Chill EVERYTHING (bowls, tools, heavy cream, coconut cream, etc.) 3. Combine cream in bowl with some vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, and a liquid sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup (incorporates… Read more »

Simple Ways to Enjoy Squash

The season is abundant with them. As Mark affectionately named these “globes of joy,” winter squashes burst with sweet, nutty flavor, are packed with antioxidants, and can be as versatile as your creativity allows. To help you get started, here are some of Chef Sita’s favorite ways to enjoy winter squash.   1. Roasted Acorn… Read more »