Coastal Kitchen

Separated by circumstance but still sharing a love for a healthy lifestyle …

Chicken Soup with Roasted Vegetables

Seriously, this soup is amazing! I found this recipe on my new favorite site, Against All Grain and it was just what I needed when I came down with a head cold just recently. The soup is simple to make, delicious, hearty and nothing but good for you. I also just bought Danielle’s new book […]

Apple and Pepper Jelly Grilled Cheese

  It is officially Fall in New England and the one sandwich that we all love is Grace Potter’s killer Apple and Pepper Jelly Grilled Cheese sandwich with caramelized onions and a touch of truffle oil. It is out of this word delicious! Upon our arrival home from California our good friend Karen not only […]

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

We’re not going to sugarcoat it. NOTHING can replace true homemade mac and cheese, but this cauliflower recipe is a delicious substitute, and a fantastic way to get your vegetables in for the day. Print/View Recipe    

Caprese Chicken with Balsamic Glace

Make the classic Caprese Salad a meal with this recipe – pesto (homemade or store bought) and Balsamic Glace are a must!! View/Print Recipe (our homemade pesto recipe included here)

Chard & Feta Tart with Kalamata Olives

Simply amazing! One of the best and most savory tarts that I have ever tasted! I found this recipe on Eating Well  and made two versions both, gluten free. The first one, I followed the instructions for the savory pie crust although I substituted the pastry flour and whole wheat flour with gluten free flours and […]

Marinated Feta Salad with Grilled Chicken & Avocado

A couple of weeks ago I was rushing to a book club meeting where I was suppose to have made an hor d’oeuvre but ran out of time so I raced into Grapes & Gourmet to grab some of my favorite St. André cheese, some crackers along with something else when this little blue container from […]

Grilled Curried Chicken Salad

This was always a lunch favorite when we were in middle school. Mom would whip up the curry chicken salad for sandwiches and wraps and we couldn’t get enough of its delicious taste. Many people add nuts and raisins to the recipe, but we like it clean and light and we love the taste of […]

Farfalle with Butter-Braised Nettles

Stinging Nettles, also referred to as “the seven minute itch” as when you bump into the plant by accident you feel like you have been stung by a million jellyfish! Well, counter to its wicked sting, this menacing weed is actually a powerhouse food and medicinal magician. After tasting braised nettles for the first time […]

Coconut Flour Tortillas

With summer upon us, and craving some soft tacos, we went in search of a recipe for corn free and gluten free tortillas. Yes, we love corn but it’s hard to know when purchasing corn tortillas in the supermarket if they are GMO free or not. So, rather than risk it we came upon this […]

Nordstrom’s Cilantro & Lime Chicken Salad

This salad with it’s outstanding dressing is a signature dish of the Nordstrom’s Café and the go-to lunch that we three ladies enjoy while shopping. Okay, we are not mall rats by any stretch of the imagination, in fact we all find it far too exhausting but when the holiday shopping season comes around you can find […]

Quick Fish Tacos

I recently had lunch with my good friend Elizabeth at LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto and ordered the fish tacos. The dish was delicious and not  the typical deep fried and beer battered fish but rather a grilled version.  A few days went by and it was all I could think of. I decided one […]

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

On the topic of New England summers, I too am getting excited to head back East for a week’s worth of fun in the sun. Unlike Kir, we have no such thing as summer in San Francisco. With the chilly bay and the wind whipping between the city buildings, it will be nice to retreat […]

Tuna Guacamole

Okay, it’s another tuna dish but we are on a roll, or perhaps in a rut, but man this was good! Scott and I were getting ready for a big bike ride this past Saturday and amidst all the preparation I had forgotten about dinner, which is kind of an important component the night before […]

Tuna with Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds

No time for lunch? No excuses – put that microwaveable burrito down, now! Just open a can of tuna, toss in some sunflower and pumpkin seeds, squeeze half of a lemon, add a little olive oil, dust it with some salt and pepper and you are good to go – sugar crash not included! Seriously, […]

Spaghetti Squash with Red Sauce

A couple of weeks ago I was grocery shopping with Syd when she told me that I should try spaghetti squash. Honestly, I didn’t know what such a squash looked like until she chucked a huge yellow, football-like, squash into the cart and home I went with it. It sat there for a while, eyeing […]


Today we have a guest post from Aunt Cynthia (Kim’s sister) who when not flying through the air on her kiteboard, can be found  fishing for dinner on her SUP (stand up paddleboard). This dish is common on the beaches of Mexico. Even if you are land locked on frozen tundra, the fresh lime, fish […]

Roasted Fennel and Potato Soup

  This delicious soup recipe was created while taking a class at the San Francisco Cooking School back in February. We were asked to make a potato soup using anything from the following list of suggested ingredients: Russet Potatoes, Olive Oil, Leeks, Carrots, Celery, Fennel, Bacon, Herbs, Spices, White Wine, Chicken Stock, Creme Fraiche, Cream or […]

Cauliflower Pizza

The sugar detox has been a battle to say the least! It’s amazing how sugar can sneak its way into almost everything! Frustrated, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found this incredible recipe for cauliflower “pizza”. The crust is made of cooked cauliflower,egg and mozzarella. It’s super versatile so you can go traditional and […]

Broccoli Salad

Sweet & salty, cool & crunchy is what I was looking for this weekend when I came up with this delicious gem. While I have had a broccoli type salad before, often there was too much mayonnaise and way too much sugar for my taste so I decided to go with a homemade Paleo mayonnaise […]

Pizza for Two

I’ve always thought that making something for someone you love is a great way to show them you care. So this Valentine’s Day, what better way to spread your love than through cooking? My thought exactly, which is why I chose to experiment with pizza…hold the gluten. I know we gave pizza a bad rap […]

Zucchini Pasta

As part of my 21-Day Sugar Detox I decided to try making a zucchini pasta with my cool little spiral slicer. I can honestly say that Scott and I were both pleasantly surprised with this al dente gem!  Ok, nothing quite replaces the taste of fresh pasta but seeing as pasta is not allowed during […]

Tomato Soup with Meatballs

To satisfy the craving for meatballs and pasta or a hearty winter soup sans the pasta we created this dish. This soup is filling and definitely does the trick! No bread needed! Print /View Recipe  

Raspberry & Feta Salad

Most people, when thinking of Valencia (Spain) and food, think of paella, but not me. While I have many memories of dining in Spain, there is one dish that stands out and one of the most incredible salads I’ve ever tasted. Between 2004-2007 our family spent a lot of time in Valenica and near our […]

Guacamole Salad

I had an entirely different recipe set up for today, but just had to post Saturday night’s magnificent mistake! After a long day of running around I had forgotten about dinner but have no fear, for us Ferguson ladies are good at making something out of nothing – Give us a fridge full of random […]

Sweet Potato Sliders

These were simply delicious and a great snack for watching the football games this past weekend! First, we started with creating little tiny beef patties, patties made with grass fed beef mixed with a salt and pepper combo and some Worcestershire sauce. We then topped each one with a little piece of cooked bacon, which […]

Eggplant Towers

I get bored with my veggies very easily and recently it seems like we’ve hit a slump when it comes to dinner sides. Don’t get me wrong… salad, sautéed spinach and sweet potatoes are fantastic, but when you are rotating between them week-after-week it can get a little monotonous. In honor of Meatless Monday, I […]

Tuscan Bean Soup with Spinach & Orzo

Sydney Bean Soup This soup is our variation of a Tuscan Bean Soup that we affectionately call, “Sydney Bean Soup” because as a little kid, Sydney was always asking to make it. So, in honor of my littlest kitchen munchkin and constant kitchen kid…. here is our long treasured recipe! Ps. Sydney’s favorite channel growing […]

Turkey & Spinach Cupcakes

Who says cupcakes are only for dessert? Since I am often on the go it is important that my meals are not only healthy and delicious, but efficient. These mini turkey meatloaf “cupcakes” are one of my favorite meals to make! With only a few ingredients it’s easy to whip these up on a Sunday […]

Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

We have found that following a large holiday, our fridge is constantly stocked with a number of ingredients that had either had gone unused during festivities or we just bought in large quantities. Our favorite thing to do with these refrigerator misfits is to make quiche! You can literally use any type of cheese, vegetable […]

Butternut Squash Soup

We are all back in Rhode Island and adjusting “not so gracefully” to the winter weather. While we had visions of curling up by the fire, with our hot tea and blankets, we have decided that winter, as magical as it can be, is quite the game changer (our blood has thinned). To spice it […]