Black Bean Tacos | Chez Us
Vegan Hazelnut Strawberry Tarts
Fried Avocado Tacos
Cilantro Scented Roast Chicken

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Black Bean Tacos | Chez Us

Black Bean Tacos

We have been going the veg head route most of last week, and these black bean tacos kept us fat and happy for a couple days.  I am really a bean addict, and they are right up there with potatoes;  I could eat every day, especially black beans.  Typically, I cook up a big batch […]

Vegan Hazelnut Strawberry Tarts

Vegan Hazelnut Strawberry Tarts

We have been trying to cut back, not saying cut out, on wheat, sugar and dairy products.  No particular reason, except that we just feel better when we don’t have as much.  The hardest part of cutting back is when you want a little something sweet, and a piece of chocolate will not do.  These […]

Fried Avocado Tacos

Fried Avocado Tacos

Do you love avocados as much as we do?  Well, then you are going to love this!  I have to start off by saying, I am utterly embarrassed that I am just sharing this delightful cookbook with you.  Our friend Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking has a cookbook out that is all about avocados, and […]

Cilantro Scented Roast Chicken

Sunday Supper Cilantro Scented Roast Chicken

I adore the simplicity of Sunday supper.  When I say that, it could mean a meal as simple as a bowl of noodles, or as complicated as making gnocchi at home, there is just something to be said about the simple Sunday supper.  I like to make a meal that can be shared just the […]

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Cherry Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

We were at a client event a few weeks ago, which meant we were dependent on conference food.  Yuck.  Every afternoon they would bring out trays of stale cookies that claimed to be vegetarian and/or vegan friendly.  In my opinion, they were slices of cardboard in disguise.  Each time I passed those long white tables […]



What’s In Season

Smashed Pea Spread

Smashed Pea Spread

  Last month I had dinner over at my friend Dana’s house.  It was a casual dinner to catch up with her, and to see you two adorable little ones, while her other half traveled.  I arrived to the aroma of fresh mint, and a chilled glass of Rose being put into my hand.  I […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

This recipe for strawberry rhubarb compote is simple to make, and even more delicious to eat.  I have a love/hate relationship with rhubarb and have written about it before. I can honestly say that with time my heart has grown fonder, and even more so since making this recipe. One of my favorite ways to […]

Potato Gnocchi with Pea Mint Sauce

Potato Gnocchi with Minty Pea Sauce

Chez Us has been invited to play along with the fine folks at Kitchen PLAY and Knuckle Salad during Munch Madness.  This fun event is being sponsored by United States Potato Board.  To familiarize you with Munch Madness, it is a bracketed playoff where eight food bloggers share their recipes to compete for the title […]

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese with Green Garlic Butter, Tomatoes and Avocado

You are probably thinking to yourself, that this grilled cheese sandwich does not really fit into our new, low-cholestrol diet.  Well, Lenny was traveling last week, so I did him a favor, by (attempting) finishing all of the cheese in the house.  Don’t judge.  Someone had to do it – took one for the team! […]

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Watermelon Radish and Fennel Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

The first time I stumbled upon watermelon radishes was on a cold winter morning at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market, over two years ago.  I was searching for parsnips and thought this was it!  The cheery crew at Happy Boy Farms warned me that it was a spicy radish.  I had never seen a radish so …. large.  She […]

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French Pork Parcels

Three types of pork are rolled into a little pork parcel, otherwise known as a Paupiette. Ground pork is lightly seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh herbs and then wrapped with a pork loin and bacon; lightly browned, slowly roasted until golden and served with fresh green peas. A delightful take on a traditional French meal.

Spring Time

Beet Dye and Pink Deviled Eggs

Beet Dye and Pink Deviled Eggs

House things seem to become your life once you are a homeowner.  There are always little projects in the middle of the big projects (painting) that need to be tended too.  I cannot imagine the projects we would be dealing with if we had moved into a “fixer-up”.  We did manage to squeeze in some […]

Boneless Leg of Lamb

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Sumac

I grew up eating lamb.  Lamb was not a luxury by any means back in the olden days.  My parents brought a lamb, had it butchered, packaged and put into our freezer.  It seemed logical as my heritage is Basque and we come from a long-line of shepherds to lambs. I hated the meat.  While […]

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Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls

I have been on the fence all day about what post to share with you today.  Originally I was going to share Friday Happy Hour;  but, we are working on a series of posts for cocktails and want to nail down one before sharing.  Next Friday.  So, I decided it was time to share something […]

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Hot Cross Buns remake

Hot Cross Buns are a yeast bun that is traditionally served on Good Friday, except in our house, it is served Easter Morning with steaming cups of coffee. Hot Cross Buns are always marked with a cross which is representation of Christ. Superstition says that Hot Cross Buns baked on Good Friday will not mold and that one bun should be kept until next years buns are baked; they never last that long in our house!

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How to simply hard boil the perfect egg not only for breakfast but also for dinner, lunch or a snack. This recipe will have you hard boiling eggs in no time, perfectly.

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Baked Ham with Gratin of Potatoes & Tomatoes

A slow baked spiral ham baste with a lavender honey and thyme glaze, served with truffle infused gratin of potatoes and tomatoes.