basket of vegetables

Bountiful Harvest

A bountiful harvest starts with good soil. And when we grow our own food we tend to eat what we grow! Follow Cindy’s Garden to Table and let’s garden and cook together. “He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the time of his doctor” —Ancient Chinese Proverb I love […]

zoodles & fresh tomato sauce

“Zoodles” & Fresh Tomato Sauce

What are zoodles? Zucchini noodles, of course! I used a spiralizer to turn my plentiful garden zucchini (what do I do with all this zucchini?) into a “pasta” dish made with zucchini noodles. This recipe is a quick, fresh, healthy, delicious alternative to a traditional pasta made with wheat noodles. […]

pasta with marinara sauce

Marinara Sauce

This is my go to sauce for pasta. It is a vegetarian, red sauce that I’ve been eating m whole life. Traditionally it would have been made with meatballs or seafood when I was growing up, but today I like the vegetarian version, flavored with garlic and mushrooms. From time […]

muffin tin pumpkin pies

Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pies

Teaching Culinary Arts class during Thanksgiving, I taught the students how to make a pumpkin pie from scratch. Making the pies in muffin tins gave the students some mini pies to take home and share with their families. Last year we did the same with apple pies, making muffin tin […]

pumpkin puree

Pumpkin Purée

Every year I grow a couple sugar pumpkins in my garden because I take great pride in making pumpkin from scratch for a pie or soup. At Thanksgiving every year I make pumpkin pies, and it’s definitely easier to buy the pumpkin in a can, but making my own pumpkin […]

roasted pumpkin seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Buying Pumpkins From a Local Farm At halloween this year, the students in my culinary class went to the pumpkin farm and picked out pumpkins.The farm was on the coast in Watsonville, CA. It was filled with gourds and varieties of pumpkins. Carving Pumpkins We took the pumpkins back to […]

Cooking classes with kids

Cooking Class with Kids

This short, fun time lapse video was taken on the last day of a kids’ cooking class that I taught through the local parks and recreation department here in Santa Cruz or Scotts Valley, CA. I call it managed chaos. Because I can keep their attention when I demonstrate for […]