Recipes

“One of the important requirements for learning how to cook is that you also learn how to eat.”
— Julia Child

Tune in to “Cooking with Grey Bears” each month in person and via Zoom. (click this link for classes: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/92906805068.) Chef Poppy DeGarmo and guest chefs feature savory and easy-to-prepare recipes in about 45 minutes. Buon Appetito!

These simple and delicious recipes from our classes use seasonal produce and feature informative food facts.

  • Chef Poppy’s Quinoa and Hunter’s Stew

    Chef Poppy's Quinoa and Hunter's Stew

    We started out the year learning about Ayurvedic cooking, starting with a chicken stew served with a multi-colored (mostly dark) quinoa. The Ayurvedic cooking concept is historically from the Indian subcontinent and teaches ...

  • Key Foods and Cooking Tips for Seniors

    Key Foods and Cooking Tips for Seniors

    A healthy diet is important at any stage of life, but can be particularly vital for aging adults. Learning about the dietary needs of aging adults can help you ensure that you get ...

  • Chef Poppy’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

    Chef Poppy's Thanksgiving Stuffing

    Chef Poppy shares her famous Bread and Butter Stuffing (adapted from The Dean and Deluca Cookbook). Poppy says, "I make this stuffing every year and it's a sensation. I cook it outside the ...

  • ‘Tis the season to recharge & refocus

    'Tis the season to recharge & refocus

    Tis’ the season when our inner gluttons may come out. We all have one inside, and it is OK to honor that part of ourselves as long as we maintain balance. To help ...

  • Polenta with Roasted Vegetables and Parmesan

    Polenta with Roasted Vegetables and Parmesan

    A warm bowl of creamy polenta is about as comforting as it gets, which makes it a great foundation for a perfect fall meal. Ingredients 1 cup (5 oz./155 g) polenta 3/4 lb. (375 g) butternut ...

  • Eating for the fall season

    Eating for the fall season

    Why do we crave light, fresh salads in spring, refreshing fruits and high-energy carbs in summer, and heartier, fattier fare in the fall and winter? There are greater things at work than the ...

  • Chef Poppy’s Potato Salad

    Chef Poppy's Potato Salad

    Potato Salad 2 pounds of yukon gold potatoes 3 stalks of celery, sliced thinly, on the angle 1 medium sized red onion, thinly sliced 1 bunch of chopped Italian parsley 1 bunch of chopped dill Equal amounts of plain ...

  • Health tip: warm lemon water

    Health tip: warm lemon water

    Chef Poppy's health tip: Before drinking or eating anything else in the morning, have a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon. This flushes your digestive system and adds to hydration. Try it!

  • 8 Health Benefits of Watermelon

    8 Health Benefits of Watermelon

    Watermelon is by far one of the most beneficial body-healing fruits. The health benefits of watermelon cover everything from brain function to the cells in your feet. Watermelon is incredibly hydrating (up to ...

  • Mushrooms!…and Polenta

    Mushrooms!...and Polenta

    With the plethora of mushrooms after our well deserved rainy season here in California, we were able to taste many kinds of local mushrooms. Chef Poppy paired portobellos from the Grey Bears walk-in cooler ...

  • Beef Tagine and Israeli Couscous

    Beef Tagine and Israeli Couscous

    Chef Poppy takes us to North African for this recipe! A Tagine is a Berber dish named for the earthenware pot it is cooked in. The pot has a "chimney where the steam ...

  • Healing Spiced Tea

    Healing Spiced Tea

    Featuring ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup, this tea is a warm treat that supports digestion. Ingredients ⅓ cup ginger, peeled and sliced, cut ¼ inch thick 10 cups water 3 Tbs coriander seeds 1½ Tbs cardamom pods 4 ...

  • Healthy Recipe: Carrot Ginger Soup

    Healthy Recipe: Carrot Ginger Soup

    A winter favorite that is sure to deliver the warmth and comfort during these cold and rainy months. Ingredients 1 quart of vegetable broth 2 lbs. carrots, peeled and chopped 2 tsp ginger, peeled and finely minced 2 ...

  • Chef Poppy’s Butternut Squash Soup, Rosemary Chicken + 2 sides

    Chef Poppy's Butternut Squash Soup, Rosemary Chicken + 2 sides

    Fall Has Arrived! We cooked with our fall vegetables last week.  Even though there were a few glitches in our class (like no burners!) we plowed through the recipes and had a delicious lunch. ...

  • Chef Poppy’s One Pot Spaghetti and Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

    Chef Poppy's One Pot Spaghetti and Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

    Apple Season and October Recipes The best fresh apples can be found at the Farmer's Markets right now.  I drove down to Watsonville to the Gizdich Ranch to check out a real apple farm. ...

  • 5 Nutrition Tips for Fall – Plus 3 Recipes

    5 Nutrition Tips for Fall - Plus 3 Recipes

    Fall brings shorter days, longer nights, cooler weather and a new menu of seasonal foods to help keep your body balanced and well. The fall harvest is full of antioxidant- and fiber-laden fare ...