Cali Style Thai Coconut Soup March 26 2013

We call this the 'Healing Soup', because it makes you feel good--especially after a long weekend of music festival revelry. It's healthy, delicious and a provides beautiful smell that fills the house.

Place a big pot on the stove and get ready for at least 6 friends:

Organic if possible, of course!
2 lbs skinless chicken thighs
3 thickly sliced zucchini
1/4 head of cauliflower
2 cups of bean sprouts
2 cans of straw mushrooms, drained
2 cans of baby Asian corn, drained
4 stalks of lemon grass, peeled and cut into 3" pieces
4 large clumps of ginger, peeled - but leave whole
1/4 cup of lime juice
2 tablespoons of agave syrup
4 Kafir lime leaves - or sub for additional 2 tablespoons of lime juice
3 tall boxes of chicken broth
2 cans of lite coconut milk
1-2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper if you are sassy, none if you are not
2 packages of glass noodles

It seems like a lot of ingredients, but you can make this soup with just some or all of the ingredients and it will still taste good. Substitute tofu or seafood for the chicken to customize.

Simply pour all liquids into the pot, add the ginger, lemongrass and kafir** leaves. Let this boil, then place on low for an hour. This broth will smell aromatic and wonderful. Add the zucchini, cauliflower and chicken, let cook for 20 minutes -- then add remaining ingredients. Let simmer for another hour.

Cook and drain glass noodles and set aside.

Serve to Impress!!!
Use some pretty, deep bowls. Place the noodles in the bottom of each bowl, then use ladle to pour soup and chunks of good stuff over the noodles. Serve with spoon and chop sticks for noodle munching. Don't forget the ice cold drink---especially if you add the peppers!!

**Kafir leaf - this is a leaf from a Kafir Lime tree. This simple leaf is what makes Thai food smell so amazing. If you can't find it, then skip it and just add more lime. I actually planted my own tree and I love it!  MJ

Cali Fish Tacos February 14 2013

4 fillets of Pacific Halibut or any milod fish that fits the guidelines of good health and ethical fishing-see link below for info. 

1 yellow onion 
1 large super ripe tomato 
1 small can of mild jalapeno 
2 cups of chopped red cabbage 
1 chopped avocado and one small clump of cilantro chopped to sprinkle on top 

Chipotle Sauce 
1 cup of lite mayo 
½ cup Dijon mustard 
Juice of one fresh lime 
1 ounce of Chipotle chile in adobo, pureed 
¼ ounce of fresh minced garlic 

On medium heat in hot pan, chop onions and stir fry until soft in wok with some olive oil. Dice tomato and add onions, dice fish and add. Cook until fish is firm. Place mixturte on warm organic corn tortillas. Top with sliced avocado, shopped cilantro, and a little salsa or Dang! hot sauce. 


DANG! Hot Sauce is created by a vet enrolled in a special program to help returning vets transition back to civilian life by learning farming. DANG! Hot Sauce is an organic, raw superfood and wholesome to the max. Soon to be at a Whole Foods Market near you, you can support Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training VSAT by purchasing this AWESOME hot sauce there or online from Forager Mike's web site. DANG! That's so COOOL

And now for the BEST FISH TACOS EVVVERRRR! The Ventura Pier at the Beach House Taco Stand. Ventura is a sleepy surf town between Santa Barbara and Malibu. It's cool and fun. Check out the photos we took of our tacos from the Beach House while the fog rolls in.