Raquel @ My California Roots


Quick & Easy Smashed Red Potatoes

Pohhh-tayyy-toesssss. What is it about potatoes that just says, “I am the perfect food for you to eat all day every day”? I really can’t put my finger on it, but I’m pretty sure I’d be okay with eating potatoes 3 meals a day for at least a few days in a row ....more

Summer Corn Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

I’m pretty sure this salad right here is my favorite thing about summer. I know there are lots of other amazing things about summer, but don’t underestimate this corn salad. Believe me ....more

2015 “Content for YOU” Survey – and a cookbook giveaway!

Hey guys! Guess what. It’s SURVEY TIME! ...more

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Baked Beans

So you’re invited to a 4th of July BBQ next weekend, and they want you to bring a side. And of course the first thing your mind jumps to is BEANS!! Okay maybe not ....more

How To Cook Rice

I dedicate this post to my sister. When I was down in Orange County last weekend to support my dad after his knee replacement, my sister mentioned she wanted to buy a rice cooker because she couldn’t cook rice. I tried and tried to tell her that you don’t need a rice cooker and that cooking rice in a pot is the easiest thing in the world, but she was skeptical ....more

The Best Tofu You’ve Ever Had & a Charred Green Bean Salad

I’m pretty sure meals like this are my absolute favorite. My favs! When you combine some greens with charred veggies, a complete-protein grain, and some fried tofu, you’ve definitely got a winner ....more

Vegan Lemon Raspberry Muffins (v)

I made these Vegan Lemon Raspberry Muffins four times before I had a recipe that was perfect. Four times! AJ didn’t mind at all because muffins are one of his favorite things ever, right up there with ice cream and beer ....more

How to Cut a Cantaloupe

Doing how-to posts is a goal I’ve had for a long time. Some of the easiest kitchen tasks can seem really daunting to new – or even seasoned – cooks if they don’t know the proper technique. So, I thought I’d commence with a favorite fruit of mine – the cantaloupe ....more

Vegan Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta Salad (v)

Happy Monday! Can you guys believe it’s June 8th already? Not that June 8th is a special day (not for me at least) but, man, it seems like this year is just flying by....more

Essential Tools for Baking Bread

What tools do I need to bake bread? Any home baker has, at some time in his or her life wanted to bake bread. While technique and know-how can be hurdles to making bread – e.g....more