Olive and Pearl's

Grilled Avocados with Romesco and Pickled Onions

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Vegan

The concept of grilling an avocado sounds like the stuff of fairytales to me. To take the already perfect, shapely, fatty fruit and transform it into a crispy-skinned fry-like phenomenon nearly brings me to tears. While the idea of a hot avocado probably sounds horrible (like a leftover Chipotle bowl smothered in guacamole and reheated in the microwave), this is an entirely different game. The outer layer of the avocado becomes incredibly crispy as is sizzles up against the frying pan. Without adding any flour or butter for battering, the…read more

Salty Sweet Almond and Pistachio Cookies

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free

I was walking through a specialty food store with my dad quite some years ago when we first tried these cookies. It was at a time when I was still trying to figure out exactly what I was allergic to and feeling pretty crappy most of the time. When I finally did come to terms with the fact that I would no longer be able to eat ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, or big chunks of french bread with cambozola cheese, I didn’t feel much excitement as I roamed the…read more

Romesco Sauce

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I really love dips. My cousin gets a real kick out of how many hummus tubs, hot sauces, and oils I have sitting in front of me while I eat. Jalapeno hummus, the green hummus from Tender Greens, baba ganoush, Gourmet Lip’s habanero hot sauce, the chipotle hot sauce from Trader Joe’s, and truffle-infused olive oil are regulars in rotation for nearly every meal. My argument is that there are so many flavors in the world, why limit yourself to just one or two at each sit-down? I also am a…read more

Roasted Carrot, Avocado and Chickpea Cucumber Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Side Dishes, Vegan

Between working all day on set, eating catered craft services, eating out at restaurants in new cities, and generally having a grand ol’ exploratory summer, I’ve been feeling as of late that it’s time to get back to some healthy routines. What makes summer so great is that relaxed state of mind; I say yes to more, lighten up on the weekday scheduling, and worry less about going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. It’s freeing to listen to that child inside of you and…read more

Cocoa Monkey Granola Bars

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan

This recipe reminds me of my silly riotous stupid adorable puppy. My parents have claimed that since they “raised” him while I was off at school and traveling and figuring out my life, that he is now theirs. I say the paperwork states otherwise. His name is Monkey, he’s a puggle and he’ll turn 5 years old on November 20th. He was a cyclone of teeth and tail and anxiety for the first 8 months that we had him but since he hit one years old, he’s been the sweetest,…read more

Baked Fudge Peanut Butter Brownies

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free

I wasn’t sure what to call these, so I shall explain. I began with the thought that I would make some peanut butter brownies. Wait no, thick dense brownies with melted chocolate and a peanut butter layer on top. Oh, and then a hard chocolate shell on top of that. Man. There will be three large hungry men staying in our apartment this weekend and in celebration of my roommate’s birthday, I wanted to make sure the festivities had an accompanying birthday dessert. Cake can be a bit boring and…read more

Peach, Hazelnut, and Mint Summer Salad

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Earlier this week I met the Dalai Lama. It gives me chills just to write that sentence! Fortunately for moi, a friend of mine has a friend who is friends with the holiness himself (thank peas for degrees of separation) and I got to actually shake his hand. Then I got to thinking; in consideration of his lifelong work being that of spreading love and kindness, the physical manifestation of this through hand-holding and embracing, could he be the singular person who has physically touched the most other human beings…read more

Salted Caramel Squares

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

When I was a little chap, I was pretty good at eating all of the healthful meals that our mother put on our plates. She knew the importance of those greens. However, as soon as her back was turned, I would swallow a drumstick sundae cone whole. I had recurring dreams that it was Easter and I had in my possession a football field-sized pastel pink basket full of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. I always woke up sorely disappointed. I was a fiend and I had a problem. Thankfully I…read more

Springy Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Basil Hemp Seed Dressing

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Uncategorized, Vegan

I was afraid that I’d posted too many cauliflower recipes. But then I thought, to heck with it, it’s delicious and I would happily eat cauliflower everyday for the rest of my years! Then I realized I really haven’t posted many recipes with cauliflower in them at all. So here were are, mas coliflor, and my love of it.  There are so many brightly colored crops on display this time of year at the farmer’s market. The beauty of them instigates a battle between what I see and smell, and…read more

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl with Papaya, Seeds, and Dandelion Greens

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Greens, Vegan

Our family likes fun. A lot of it. And since we are only able to get together every once in a while, the fun compacts into a big, loud, clump of love that leaves me saddened by their departure. And with a bit of a hangover. My mother and her brother flew in to Los Angeles for the weekend to see their kids (my cousin and I) and to frolick about in the beautiful weather. We dined out, laid by the pool, cooked, shopped for new books and purses, engaged…read more