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Autumn Harvest Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Autumn Harvest Salad from A View to Delicious Magazine // Karista's Kitchen

I know I’m blasting your inbox with posts today and I’m hoping you don’t mind an extra post.  I wanted to mention that this gorgeous Autumn Harvest Salad recipe is included in our first digital food magazine, A View to Delicious!

We published A View to Delicious to highlight the bounty of the season and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  This magazine is our first issue and it won’t be our last.  We’re working on a second issue that is going to be jam-packed with even more recipes, stories, photos, tips and techniques that you won’t want to miss.  I’ll announce more about it later. 😉

Until then, A View to Delicious is on sale!  Click HERE  (and enter code “delicious 50” for 50% off ) to download your copy today and don’t miss all the delectable recipes that are so perfect for this time of year.  And so perfect for your holiday table!

As well, we have a new kitchen shop that is filled with the most unique and fun kitchen finds and so perfect for your holiday shopping.  You’ll find the link at the top of the front page under “Shop Karista’s Kitchen Store”.  Check out the new Karista’s Kitchen Fall Baking and Spice box. I love this little box for gift giving.

This beautifully curated box is perfect for the FOODIE and home chef!  The Karista’s Kitchen Fall Spice & Baking Box contains hand selected, high-quality spices that are perfect for all seasons but especially wonderful for Fall Baking! Included in the box are two packages each of fragrant smoked paprika and Korinje cinnamon and a delightful matcha green tea salt.  I completely adore the Matcha Green Tea Salt as a finishing salt for the Autumn Harvest Salad.

Also in the box are four Kilner square spice jars, crafted in the U.K., three recipes from Karista’s Kitchen and a gorgeous tea towel from Claudia Pearson or Belle & Union. Purchase the box as a hostess gift, birthday gift or gift to yourself.  Be sure to use the coupon code for 25% off this box! Coupon Code is: kkbox25

Karista's Kitchen Spice and Baking Box from the Karista's Kitchen Shop


Loads of love and gratitude to you all for reading and supporting Karista’s Kitchen!

Delicious Wishes,



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Our First Digital Food Magazine!

Sweet Potato and Apple Tarte Tatin // Karista's Kitchen // A View to Delicious Magazine digital food magazine

Friends, we’ve launched our first digital food magazine called A View to Delicious.

I’m so excited to share this beautiful and mouth-watering food issue with you. It’s been a fun, challenging and adventurous project all rolled up into a magazine that I hope you’ll enjoy. We’ve filled the magazine with new seasonally inspired recipes, stunning visuals, stories about the pacific northwest life as well as healthy living tips and cooking advice.

And we’ve got our first review!

 “I just want to cook today. Make it all. Love the question and answer page! Things I’ve wondered answered. All the recipes simply put and so understandable. Gentle. Like you are wanting people to succeed not overpower them with your knowledge” ~Marni Zarr 

Along with VRAI Magazine Editor, Danny de la Cruz and Creative Designer Mary Jo Cadiz, we’ve created this premiere digital food magazine to celebrate the season and of course all things food, farm and healthy living.

My editor also talked me into a little “getting to know” section about me and how in the world I ended up in this most delicious profession of culinary arts. You don’t want to miss all the fun  –  cooking tips and techniques, cooking questions answered, new recipes, holiday recipe round-up and loads of cute farm animals. 🙂

Just click HERE  to purchase your downloadable copy!

A View to Delicious Magazine digital food magazine // Fall 2016 // Karista's Kitchen

Thank you friends for following along this delicious journey. I’d so appreciate if you’d share this post with friends and family or check out my Facebook page or Instagram page and share on our social media sites.

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!




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Our Premiere Digital Food Issue

A View to Delicious // Karista's Kitchen and VRAI Magazine premiere food issue Fall 2016

I’ve partnered with VRAI Magazine and we wrote our very first digital food issue, A View to Delicious! 

We’ve been working hard to craft a beautifully photographed food and lifestyle digital food issue featuring the freshest farm-to-table recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, articles on unique destinations that dot the landscape of this scenic region and more cooking inspiration, tips and advice from my years in the culinary profession.

A View to Delicious is a little taste of what I create at home in my kitchen.  This digital food issue is a glimpse into where I live and why I adore my region of the world.  It’s also a little insight into how I feel about healthy and happy living and inspiration for creating life the table.  It also contains lovely verse and poetry by a few of my friends and lots of farm animals. Did I mention the farm animals?

A View to Delicious // Karista's Kitchen

Our premiere digital food issue, A View to Delicious, is available for pre-order now and until the 25th of September.  You can snag it HERE. The magazine will launch on Monday, September 26th!

As I’m writing this, I’m filled with over the moon excitement.  I can’t wait to share with you the delicious new recipes and a peek into my crazy delicious world. 🙂

I hope you’ll pre-order A View to Delicious and then tell me what you think when you read it. I always love hearing from my readers!

Wishing you a very happy and healthy fall season.

Loads of Love,



Appetizers Karista's Kitchen VRAI Magazine

Small Bites for Winter Weddings


Greek Lamb Burgers with Cucumber and Spiced Yogurt Sauce

May is shaping up to be a busy work and family filled month and I’m looking forward to every moment.  My youngest sassy gal will be graduating high school soon and then off to college in the fall.  Family is visiting and there will be loads of fun dinners to prepare – some of which I’ll try to share here.  🙂  I have a bistro steak coming soon!

Until then, I want to share this link with you… because I think you’d love these recipes and this magazine.  VRAI Magazine asked me to write about small bites for winter weddings – to be published in their first winter wedding guide.  I was honored, mostly because I admire the editor of this magazine, Danny de la Cruz, and his impressive professional background.  Not to mention he’s a dream to work with.

Puff Pastry Crostini with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Pepper Jelly // Karista's Kitchen

Can I just say I’m so pleased with the final result?! This Winter Wedding Guide is gorgeous and filled with quality information every winter bride-to-be needs.  It also contains a bit of deliciousness (by moi)  in the form of small bites for winter weddings and a guide to chocolate fondue by the fabulous Ksenia Skvortsova from the blog Saffron and Honey.   Flowers, decor, planning tips and advice, gorgeous gowns and more.  I know you’ll love it!

Click here to sign up for your free copy and be sure to snag my small bites recipes. You won’t want to miss my Greek Lamb Sliders with Cucumber and Spiced Yogurt Sauce, Crab Stuffed Mini Peppers and Goat Cheese and Strawberry Pepper Jelly in Puff Pastry Crostini!

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,



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Avocado and Watercress Salad with Edible Flowers

Avocado Watercress Salad with Edible Flowers // Karista's Kitchen

There is nothing quite like a beautiful salad. The color, the scent of fresh greens and produce, all collectively creating edible art on a plate.

 Not only is this Avocado and Watercress Salad impressive in presentation, but it’s mouth-watering delicious in taste.  

Fresh avocado and watercress tossed with a light lemon vinaigrette, gently stacked and then topped with brilliantly colored edible flowers.


Spring Vegetable Strata // Karista's Kitchen and VRAI Magazine

The Avocado and Watercress Salad is simple to prepare – either with round food rings or you can layer the salad on a platter or on individual plates.   This salad is so delicious served with either a quiche or this lovely Spring Vegetable Strata I created for VRAI Magazine.  The fresh flavors of the avocado and peppery watercress pair beautifully with eggs dishes or even a spring lamb chop or roasted rack of lamb would be lovely.

A gorgeous table of food for Mother’s Day brunch or any casual weekend entertaining.  I often serve the strata for Sunday breakfast and fancy it up with the salad if I’m serving it for brunch.  However you decide to serve these dishes, your guests will be completely delighted. Especially if there is a Mimosa sitting next to the plate!

Wishing you all a beautiful and delicious week!

Loads of Love,


Avocado and Watercress Salad with Edible Flowers

Serving Size: 4

Avocado and Watercress Salad with Edible Flowers


  • 1 large bunch watercress, thin stems and leaves only
  • 2-3 large firm but ripe avocados, diced
  • ½ to 1 cup edible flowers (usually purchased in the fresh herb section of a market)
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of one lemon, about 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 3-4 inch round food molds, if desired (optional). If you don’t have food molds, a washed and dried tuna with both ends removed will also work.


  • Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and honey. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, gently toss the diced avocados with a splash of the lemon vinaigrette. In a seperate bowl, gently toss the watercress with a splash of lemon vinaigrette. The watercress will wilt quickly once it’s dressed with vinaigrette so don’t dress the watercress until right before serving. The avocado should be dressed with vinaigrette as soon as it’s been diced.
  • If using food molds (or tuna cans), brush the inside with a little olive oil. Set each mold on a plate. Divide the avocado among the plates. Press the avocado firmly into the mold. Next, press the watercress into each mold. Gently remove the molds. It’s ok if the watercress falls, it will still look beautiful. Drizzle a little more vinaigrette over each salad if desired and once last pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Garnish each salad with edible flowers and serve.
  • If you’d like to make the salad without molds, layer the avocado on plates, top with watercress and then the edible flowers.
  • Notes

    If you can't find edible flowers, not to worry. Garnish with fresh chopped chives and some grated fresh carrot and beet or spiralized carrot and beet for some color.

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    Appetizers Giveaways Karista's Kitchen Kid Friendly VRAI Magazine

    Rosemary and Irish Cheddar Gougeres and Giveaways!

    Rosemary and Irish Cheddar Gougeres // Karista's Kitchen and VRAI Magazine

    This month, VRAI Magazine will celebrate it’s first anniversary.  To celebrate this momentous occasion I created these lovely and delicious Rosemary and Irish Cheddar Gougeres.   Gougeres are a light and airy pastry that pair deliciously with wine, cocktails or even a Mother’s Day tea.

    Rosemary and Irish Cheddar Gougeres // Karista's Kitchen and VRAI Magazine

    You won’t want to miss all the giveaways this month! To celebrate VRAI Magazine’s first anniversary each editor and/or contributor is giving away a special gift or gifts.  I completely adore this Italian Truffle Pesto so I’m giving away one jar for two fabulous readers!  Head on over to VRAI Magazine and enter to win!  To enter, sign up for VRAI Magazine’s newsletter and give a “like” to Karista’s Kitchen Facebook page.  The more you share, the more chances of winning.

    Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,



    Karista's Kitchen Kid Friendly Pork VRAI Magazine

    Marinated Pork and Mango Skewers with Coconut Rice

    Pork and Mango Skewers with Coconut Rice // Karista's Kitchen for VRAI Magazine

    It’s starting to feel like spring and I am beyond elated! The high today is 67 here in the valley and it’s going to be a great day for prepping the new garden.  Ranger Craig is building the rest of the garden boxes while I prepare a quick meal for my friends over at Red Bird Acres.  We’re off to see baby chicks and piglets again!  Ok, I admit, I’m really excited about seeing the baby chicks and piglets this afternoon.

    Before I get my day started, I want to share with you my latest recipe and article for VRAI MagazineMarinated Pork and Mango Skewers with Coconut Rice. The blend of marinated pork with sweet mango, peppers and red onion make for the tastiest combination of flavors.  Perfect for a casual weekend with friends and family.  If it’s too cold to grill outdoors, these skewers can easily be prepared indoors on a grill pan.  Or stir fried and then ladled over the coconut rice.

    Enjoy your weekend!  Just in case you haven’t seen pictures from the last piglet visit, I’ve posted a few for you 🙂

    Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!


    Red Bird Acres in Corvallis, Oregon


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    Spanish White Bean Stew

    Spanish White Bean Stew 1 VRAI Magazine

    There is a new article and recipe over at VRAI Magazine today.  It’s all about the gorgeous Spanish White Bean Stew called Fabada.  January is all about reinvention at VRAI Magazine and my version of Fabada certainly qualifies as a reinvention.  I think that’s what I love most about world cuisine – finding beautiful and delicious recipes that can stand alone and please the palate or can be recreated to suit my family’s taste buds.

    As always, you will find a fantastic selection of recipes at VRAI Magazine as well as travel, DIY, lifestyle and fashion articles.  Not to be missed!

    Wishing you a most delicious Sunday!


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    Perfect Prime Rib Roast for VRAI Magazine

    Roasting the perfect prime rib with Au Jus Gravy and Horseradish Sauce // Karista's Kitchen // VRAI Magazine

    Every holiday season I ask my family the same question… “what do you want for Christmas dinner”?   And every year I get the same answer.  “Prime Rib!”   I can’t blame them.  Prime Rib is such a grand cut of beef – so exquisite in flavor and texture.

    Perfect Prime Rib Roast tutorial from Karista's Kitchen // VRAI Magazine

    When VRAI Magazine asked me for a Holiday recipe, this was the first thing that came to mind.  If you ever wanted to prepare prime rib but felt too intimidated, this recipe is for you.  Tips, techniques and a simple recipe for preparing the perfect prime rib.

    Perfect Roasted Prime Rib with Au Jus Gravy and Horseradish Sauce // Karista's Kitchen // VRAI Magazine

    Along with this luscious prime rib recipe, I’ve included a quick Beef Broth Gravy and Homemade Horseradish Sauce.  You will also find the loveliest selection of holiday recipes from our VRAI Magazine Contributors as well as travel, lifestyle, fashion and DIY articles.

    So head on over to VRAI Magazine and treat yourself to a few holiday moments browsing and reading our Holiday issue!

    Wishing you a most magical and delicious holiday season!


    Karista's Kitchen Tips and Techniques VRAI Magazine

    Glam Neutral Holiday Table – Guest Post from Two Purple Couches

    It’s a guest post today from Emily at Two Purple Couches!  Thank you so much Emily for this lovely post on holiday table décor. I adore Emily’s lifestyle, home and DIY blog ,Two Purple Couches, so I asked her if she would write a holiday table décor post for Karista’s Kitchen.  She so graciously obliged. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.


    First off, I would like to say hello and introduce myself! My name is Emily and I blog at Two Purple Couches. I’m a color-loving girl who married a neutral-loving guy. Together, we’re learning the ins and outs of decorating and DIY as we put our own stamp on our home.

    I am so honored and excited that Karista invited me to guest post here today, and we’re doing something a little different! As you may have guessed by now, I am not here to share a recipe, but some holiday home decorating ideas! I will be showing you how to create a beautiful table setting to host your holiday dinners! And if you head over to my blog, Karista is sharing a few delicious appetizers, perfect for serving to your holiday guests!

    Bright Neutrals Holiday Table

    Today I’m sharing a holiday tablescape, a look that I am confident you can recreate your own way! When I begin decorating my table for any holiday, I always look for simple elements that will make a stunning impression. And one of my favorite ways to do this is by using what I like to call “flashy neutrals”, meaning whites, silvers and golds with lots of sparkle and shine. Flashy neutrals are especially perfect for this time of the year, because they can easily carry your decor from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve!

    Let’s start with the base for my table decorations: the runner and placemats. For the table runner, I wanted something with great texture. A piece of faux fur from the fabric store was the perfect touch, and maybe a bit unexpected! I paired this furry runner with sparkly gold beaded chargers and simple white porcelain plates. The salad plates have a hint of silver and gold around the edges, perfect for tying in with the flashy neutrals in my tablescape!

    Gold Plate Charger

    Now I’ll share how I pulled the centerpiece together. I find that breaking the length of my table into thirds works best for me, so the center section is flanked on either side by decor that mirrors each other in some way.

    Gilded Milk Glass Centerpiece

    For the centerpiece of my table, I focused mostly on creating it with candles: candlesticks, pillar holders, votives, tea lights, etc, all in varieties of clear glass, gilded glass, mercury glass and milk glass.

    Cake Stand Display Holiday Centerpiece

    I began by propping two gilded milk glass vases and a collection of votives on top of a clear cake plate. I added the white scalloped ornament and polar bear for some extra sparkle.


    I anchored each end of the table with my ornament wreaths (if you’d like to learn how to DIY your own, see my tutorial post here), placed a silver pillar holder in the center of each one, and topped them with mercury glass votives.

    When my candles were all arranged, I filled in the gaps with other glittery things: mercury glass ornaments, decor and accessories.

    Mercury Glass Pinecone Accent

    I hope you’ve enjoyed my holiday tablescape! And I hope you’ll join me over at Two Purple Couches for more holiday decorating and DIY ideas!


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    The Perfect Roast Turkey

    The perfect roast turkey // Karista's Kitchen // VRAI Magazine

    For me, Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and friends.

    I don’t always write about what goes on in my day to day life.  After all, this is a recipe website and delicious food is the focus.   I feel there is enough hardship, sadness and turmoil going on in the world.  Watching it splattered all over the news, I feel I shouldn’t add to the chaos with what happens in my little space in the world.  I’m typically an optimistic person and I believe it’s healthier to share my optimism rather than any negativity.

    But I will tell you this – although it’s been a long and arduous few years navigating through my oldest daughters health issues, resulting from a brain tumor in 2012, I am thankful.  I am so thankful she’s brain tumor free. I am so thankful it wasn’t the C word.  I am so thankful she’s able to continue college and move forward with her life.  Has it been hard?  YES. There have been days I just wanted to sit on my living room floor and sob tears of frustration and sadness.  There are still tough moments, but I have the best friends and family in the world that supported me and continue to support me every step of the way –  so that I can support my daughter.   This is truly a Thanksgiving.

    As a Contributing Food Editor with VRAI Magazine, I’m sharing this Perfect Roast Turkey recipe for our VRAI Magazine Friendsgiving in Oregon.  Everyone is coming to my house for Thanksgiving! I’m so excited to share this recipe, but I’m even more excited to share with you VRAI Magazine Friendsgiving.  Delicious recipes, home and holiday décor, DIY holiday projects, gift giving ideas, holiday fashion, travel and more.  New friends coming together to celebrate around the table.

    To snag this lovely and simple Perfect Roast Turkey recipe click HERE.  Don’t forget to browse the fantastic articles and subscribe to the magazine so you don’t miss a beat. You can also find VRAI Magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    I am truly grateful and thankful for devoted readers like you.  I wish you the most beautiful and heartwarming holiday season.  May you bask in the deliciousness!

    Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love to you all!



    Karista's Kitchen Kid Friendly Pasta Risotto vegetarian VRAI Magazine

    Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

    Roasted Pumpkin Risotto // Karista's Kitchen and VRAI Magazine

    Risotto is true comfort food.  Just the act of preparing risotto feels comforting, soothing somehow.  Maybe it’s because when I make risotto I like to turn on old Italian music and channel my inner Italian; or maybe it simply reminds me of time spent in Italy with the most wonderful and delightful people.

    Although risotto feels like comfort food, it also feels lush.  A bit decadent and a bit indulgent.  That could be another reason I love preparing risotto for my family – tossing in and adding seasonal ingredients like roasted pumpkin to create an even greater indulgent experience.

    If you’ve never prepared risotto or you’ve prepared it and it didn’t quite turn out the way you anticipated, you are going to love this Roasted Pumpkin Risotto post.  I’ve created this post for the October issue of  VRAI Magazine.  Head on over and check out this easy and fun pictorial as well as all the fabulous articles about lifestyle, travel, DIY, fashion and more food!  Click HERE for the recipe.

    Roasted Pumpkin Risotto // Karista's Kitchen

    I just want to say a HUGE thank you for reading Karista’s Kitchen and following Karista’s Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.  I truly appreciate and value your time spent browsing and reading – and my hope is that each and every recipe inspires you.

    As well, thank you so much for following and reading VRAI Magazine!  I am so proud and feel so honored to be part of such a talented team of professionals.

    Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,