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Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

Making a delicious dinner that’s even better the next day is like time travel. The good kind of time travel, not the kind where you end up in the wrong era with no bathroom, or change history by accident and ruin the world forever. It’s the kind of time travel where you wake up in […]

Chili Garlic Green Bean and Chicken Stir Fry

June 30, 2016  |  This week the wax and pole beans are coming in strongly. I remember that my son actually likes chili stir-fried beans at a local Chinese restaurant so I thought I’d try an adaptation to help deplete the big bowl of green beans that is on my counter. He loved them so […]

Quick Garden Chicken Stir Fry

June 15, 2016  |  Tonight Nico’s friend is coming over with her parents. The two kids are re-enacting an episode of Chopped Junior. They will be making a dessert each so we have large bowls of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and nuts prepared for their mystery basket. But I still need to feed them dinner before […]

Cauli-faux-er Fried Rice

I see cauliflower. Everywhere. It was a vegetable I used to ignore and now I have fallen in love. Cauliflower plays nicely with other ingredients. It’s happy to hang out for a good amount of time in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. Feel like potatoes or rice, but don’t feel like consuming the empty […]

Quick Chicken Fried Rice

May 28, 2016  |  A dear friend of mine is in town tonight and we are looking forward to catching up and gossiping like two girls who have not seen each other in ages. But before I can do that I need to whip together some dinner. I have finally cleared out the rest of […]

Beef & Vegetable Soup in the Salad

July 1, 2016  |  Ahhh, at last a quiet night at home. Its just me, the dog and a backlog of the Night Manager to get through. When cooking for only myself I hate to make multiple dishes and wash more than one pot. Hearty veggie loaded soups always fit the bill on these nights. […]

Blackberry Celebration Salad with Chicken

Imagine. An early July morning. Small rays of sunshine prick flat ways through bushes because the sun is just showing over the horizon. I need to pick blackberries before I go to work AND before the rattlesnakes come out. I’ve heard stories.

Zucchini Fettuccini and Hand Pulled Chicken with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

June 25, 2016  |  Today I came home from being out of town for two weeks and the zucchinis were gargantuan. I also stopped by a farm stand on my way and bought some early season tomatoes. It’s a little early for tomatoes in Napa and they are not quite interesting enough to eat fresh […]

Go-To Chicken Pasta

What makes a recipe one you come back to again and again? For me, it’s important that my people want to eat it again and again. And happily. No complaints! It needs to be delicious, flexible and convenient. I should be able to change it up on whim or necessity, depending on what vegetables are […]

Chicken or the Deviled Egg?

June 26, 2016  |  It’s Sunday afternoon and I am too lazy to go to the market today. However I have just agreed to host my parents here for dinner. They want to grill a tenderloin they have but I am left in charge of the rest of the menu. What can I cobble together? […]


I grew up in a family whose passion for food and and wine influence our every day life. Living on the family farm and managing a growing food manufacturing business has its challenges and its joys. This blog chronicles how I manage to whip up dinner in a pinch, throwing together our GoodHeart products with what I may have growing in the garden, and what is in my pantry.

I am a big believer that many great moments in life happen around the table, and whatever I can do to lure my family around the table, the closer we become. I hope some of these entries inspire you to dabble in your kitchen and explore how you can bring your family and friends around  your table as well.

Florencia Palmaz

GoodHeart Brand Specialty Foods

Hey there! I’m Marjorie and I love cooking meals worth sitting down for. I want to use real ingredients and (most days) I want to get in and out of the kitchen PDQ because I have things to do and places to go and people to see. Or avoid. It depends….