I’m pleased to announce the release of my NEW cookbook, The Best of Back to the Kitchen, Soups & Salads, Vol 1. Over the past 3 years, I’ve paid close attention to what you like and have chosen the most popular recipes on my blog and put them together for you in an easy “E-book” format, handy for your ipad or laptop. Inside you’ll find some of my favorites too, like my Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Basil Soup and my lovely and colorful Thanksgiving treat, Persimmon Pomegranate Salad. Filled with vibrant photographs and handy cooking tips, this book is a collection of 16 fabulous recipes using fresh, farmer’s market bounty~ it makes for a perfect “go to” in the kitchen when you’re looking for a healthy meal to serve your family. Read it on your ipad, laptop, desktop or download in PDF form to print out.

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About Nancy:  Nancy Newcomer, is a food blogger, radio personality and an accomplished cook & creator of simple, healthy meals made from fresh, organic  ingredients. With an emphasis on local farmer’s market bounty, her Facebook blog, “Back to the Kitchen: Healthy Living with Real Food” is followed by people in more than 28 countries. She is a contributor to Empoweradio.com, Geffner TV, and Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine.  Nancy lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and daughter. Her son attends college in southern California and visits often for a home cooked meal.  Nancy is featured on:


Basic Recipe for Natural Dyes

4 cups of water
2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
2 Cups Chopped Veggies/Fruit/Flowers of Choice
OR 2 TB Chosen Spice (Turmeric or Paprika work well)

Directions: In a sauce pan, add 4 cups of water and 2 TB of white vinegar. Add chopped veggies, fruit, flowers or chosen spice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low rolling boiling and cook for about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool for about 15 minutes before putting dry hardboiled eggs in solution. You may pour the dye into bowls or dye eggs in pan. Keep in mind that since these are natural dyes, you need to submerge eggs completely and let sit in solution for a couple of hours. This is not a quick method, but I found it to be very satisfying, knowing that I was using all natural ingredients and everything was non-toxic The colors are beautiful and more subtle than artificial dye. Here were my combinations–keep in mind, I experimented over 3 days and used white eggs:

*Turmeric = Bright Yellow

*Red Cabbage = Blue

*Turmeric + Red Cabbage = Green

Raspberries = Pink

Red Beets = Dark Purple

Paprika = Orange

Yellow Onion Skins + Carrots = Pale Orange

Calendula flowers + Turmeric = Yellowish/Orange

*Best Results with these combinations.
Please Note: I tried using kale and spinach with no success-oh well! Also, you may use olive oil to polish up your eggs for a shiny finish.

Best Method for Hard Boiled Eggs:

Older eggs make for easier peeling, so check the expiration dates or buy eggs days before you actually hard boil them.

1) Remove eggs from refrigerator and let sit out for about 15 minutes so they’re not as cold.

2) Put the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, covered by at least an inch or two of cold water.

3) Turn stove on to medium and increase the heat after water is gently boiling.  Gently bringing the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking.

4) After boiling for 5 minutes, turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in pan for 5-7 more minutes.  Even if you forget about them for about 20 minutes, with this method, it’s almost impossible to overcook your eggs.
5) Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place them into a bowl of ice water.Once cooled, pull eggs out and dry. They are now ready for dying.


Grilled Salmon with Nopales Salsa

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Twice a year, 3 of my recipes are published in Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine and I always have fun coming up with a theme that’s local and seasonal.  Festive occasions including Cinco de Mayo, Summer Solstice, and Old Spanish Days/Fiesta attract visitors to our town and bring out the inner-hostess in most of [...]

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Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

March 23, 2014
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Open the windows, let the fresh air in, roll up your sleeves and let’s get cracking on Spring Cleaning your kitchen. First things first: Get a good pair of rubber gloves, soft cloths, and your favorite cleaning supplies. Checklist:  Dusting: ~Door frames and baseboards ~cabinets ~shelves ~chairs/stools/table ~windows & window sills ~light fixtures ~houseplants ~decorative [...]

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Prickly Pear Margarita

March 8, 2014
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You will delight in the fabulousness of this cocktail…is that even a real word? Well, it is when it comes to mixology at my house! The colors are vibrant, the flavors will make your mouth water, and everyone is instantly happy when they get their hands on one!  I concocted this libation almost a year [...]

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Kitchen Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

February 24, 2014
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Over the years ,we all learn handy Tips, Tricks & Techniques that help with kitchen prep and cooking. I’ve picked up many from my mom, sisters, friends, cookbooks and blogs~ it seems like there’s always something new to learn! Here are a few of my favorites-it’s pretty random, but I’m a sucker for this type [...]

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Triple Nut Butter

January 28, 2014
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Yesterday, after a beach walk with my friend Lauren, she invited me in to try something she made with her brand new Vitamix–homemade nut butter! It was fantastic~ she used a few peanuts, almonds, walnuts pecans, and added a little honey. Today, I gave it a go in my own Vitamix and tweaked it slightly. [...]

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Super Bowl Party Recipes

January 26, 2014
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With the Super Bowl coming up, it’s time to start shopping and planning your party food. If you’d like to venture about beyond the typical junky processed food that’s typically served up on game day, I’ve got a few of favorites up my sleeve for you to try out. Here’s my List:   Rosemary Chicken [...]

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35 Pantry “Must-Haves”

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I was recently asked what I have stocked in my pantry. Truth be told, I’ve paired things down quite a bit after downsizing to my current kitchen. I only have a couple of shelves and drawers to store things in, so I rotate items more often than I used to. That being said, I’ve put [...]

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Empower Radio

December 4, 2013
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I’m pleased to announce the debut of my Back to the Kitchen Minute on Empower Radio. Empower Radio’s mission is to provide positive programming to empower people in all areas of their lives. The network also provides a forum for new thought and new perspectives. Listen on demand for my tips & tricks for choosing [...]

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Ginger Snap Cocktail

November 8, 2013
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photo credit~ Matt Dayka This is a fun cocktail for year ’round gatherings as it is both refreshing and earthy. The homemade Lemon Ginger Ale gives it that extra snap that will wow your guests and make them ask “what’s in this?”  I like to think of it as a modern twist on a “Mad [...]

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