I’m pleased to announce the debut of my new radio show: The Dish with Nancy Newcomer. My passion for fresh food, farmers markets, and family dinners are just the beginning of the conversation. I’ll share my favorite foodie finds, kitchen & entertaining tips and feature interviews with experts in cooking, health, nutrition, food, wine, & more. Provocative, informative, fun and fabulous, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer airs Tuesdays, 12noon PST and on-demand on Empower Radio. Thanks to my amazing sponsor, Go Cleanse for making it all possible!

Grab a copy of my e-cookbook,  The Best of Back to the Kitchen, Soups & Salads, Vol 1,  a collection of 16 of my most favorite 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.comGeffner 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:

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Moscow Mule

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by Nancy Newcomer

Did you know that the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941?  Two alcohol distributors, one selling vodka, the other selling ginger beer, found that no one wanted to buy their products. The two sat down at the famed Cock n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in LA and conjured up a classic. Why the copper mug? Apparently a third person in the mix complained that she had a stockpile of copper mugs she needed to get rid of that were imprinted with a kicking mule…a drink was born!  We’re happy it’s made a comeback. It’s gingery kick makes it warming in the winter while the lime flavor makes it refreshing in the summer. Enjoy!

Moscow Mule
Prep Time: 2 minutes, Serves 1


1 shot of Vodka

Juice from half a lime
3-4 ounces Ginger Beer* (depending on size of mug/glass)
1 lime wedge
1 sprig of mint
Fill Moscow Mule mug or highball glass with ice~ I prefer crushed, but cubes with do. Add vodka and lime juice. Gently pour in ginger beer, garnish with lime wedge and mint. Serve.
*Recipe Note: I’ve made these with Crabbies and Gosling Ginger Beer. I preferred the flavor of Crabbies, but you’re welcome to shop around and pick your favorite.
Proud to have this recipe featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine!
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Barbara’s Red Beans

September 9, 2014
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This week, I had the honor of interviewing my long time friend, Lisa Brown Castaneda on my radio program. She shared a special recipe that was passed down by to her by her beloved friend Barbara.  In true “Bean Queen” style, she tweaked it just a little to make it all her own. Hear Lisa tell the […]

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Fresh & Easy Fridge Pickles

September 1, 2014

Yield: 2 quart size mason jars Ingredients: 8-10 pickling cucumbers or 5-6 regular cucumbers 6 cloves of garlic, cut in half 2 cups seasoned rice vinegar* large bunch of fresh dill, washed. Directions: ~Wash and trim ends off cucumbers and cut into ⅛ inch slices. ~Put garlic slices in each mason jar and fill halfway […]

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Order Nancy’s Cookbook

August 31, 2014
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Grab a copy of my e-cookbook,  The Best of Back to the Kitchen, Soups & Salads, Vol 1,  a collection of 16 of my most favorite 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 […]

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Tuscan Kale & White Quinoa Bean Salad

August 12, 2014
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How about a super easy salad that’s full of good, healthy stuff? You got it My Tuscan Kale & White Bean Quinoa Salad is loaded with vitamins, packed with flavor, and it’s vegan & dairy-free. Perfect for a summer barbeque or a fall potluck. Enjoy! Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 bunch Tuscan kale, washed, chopped in […]

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Dairy Free Fudgsicles

May 13, 2014
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Dairy Free Fudgsicles yield: 6 Ingredients: 2 cups coconut milk ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla ¼ cup honey or maple syrup   Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender for about 1-2 minutes, until fully blended. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. **Recipe Note: You may use almond milk instead of […]

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15 Minute Healthy Skillet Dinner

May 1, 2014
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Here’s another one of my infamous meals that was created spur of the moment with the ingredients I just happened to have in the fridge. Funny how some of my “fly by night” meals end up being the most popular! This is just a testament to the fact that people love fresh food, cooked simply, […]

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Greening up the Kitchen

May 1, 2014
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Earth Day has come and gone, but really, we should be “living green” every day. Here are few new habits you can implement that will move you toward a healthier, sustainable & “greener” lifestyle. Feel free to add more ideas to the list in the comments section. I LOVE to hear from you. NN *Buy […]

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Prickly Pear Ice Cream

April 29, 2014
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You may have noticed that I rarely post dessert recipes on my blog, but when I do, they have to be exceptional. I absolutely LOVE this recipe because it’s a little different than your average bear and it’s super easy to make. Most people are intrigued when I serve it because they’ve never tasted prickly […]

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Avocado Deviled Eggs

April 22, 2014
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Avocado Deviled Eggs Yield 24 eggs Ingredients: 1 dozen hard boiled eggs 1 large avocado 1 TB lemon juice 1 tsp lime juice 1 clove minced garlic ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp black pepper cilantro & cayenne pepper to garnish   Directions: Slice hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Place yolks in medium sized […]

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