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On the Menu: Summer Lentil Salad

On the Menu - Summer Lentil Salad | Sacramento StreetA Summer Lentil Salad is one of my go-to recipes.  I constantly find myself changing the vegetables with whatever I find at the farmer’s market. The bones of the recipe have always stayed the same.  It’s a quick and healthy dinner and I love when we have leftovers for lunch the next day!


- 1 cup lentils (I use the French variety called du Puy)

- 1 tablespoon Dijon or coarse mustard

- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

- juice of ½ Meyer lemon

- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

- sea salt

- 1 cup cherry tomatoes

- 3 Persian cucumbers, half-peeled

- 1 cup fresh English peas

- ¼ cup Italian parsley


1. Bring a medium pot of water to boil (season with salt), add the lentils. Once it is boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until tender – usually 15 to 20 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook.  Drain lentils and place in a mixing bowl.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, and salt.

3. Add the mixture to the lentils along with the tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, and parsley.

Note: You can also add feta cheese if you want a little on top.

Recipe and photos by Caitlin Flemming

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Layer It: Yoga or Pilates Session

Layer It - Yoga or Pilates Session | Sacramento Street
For the past year and a half I’ve been a weekly devotee to pilates. It makes me centered, I don’t think about my lengthy to-do list for a hour, and best of all I’ve seen the best results from it. For some people they prefer yoga over pilates or vice versa but all that matters is you find the right fit for you – no matter what it is. Even if it’s taking a walk around the block. I wanted to share with all of you my favorite items that I use in class and at home that help me get away from my desk to stay fit. Do you have a favorite workout?

The Basics:
1.) Women’s UA Achieve

2.) Women’s UA StudioLux

The Layers:
3.) Faux Dry Shampoo

4.) Double the Fun Headband

5.) Outdoor Voices Sports Bra

6.) Pure Flavour Water Bottle

7.) 797 Training Shoe

8.) Recycled Foam Yoga Block

9.) Go Play Mat Carrier

Tons of favorites I love for my weekly pilates and yoga classes!

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a brand new week . . .

Magnolia Tree | Sacramento Street

This weekend I was a tourist in my own city with guests in town. We drove over to Marin, went to the Legion of Honor, took a leisurely drive to the beach, went to our favorite restaurants, but best of all. It actually felt as though it was summer in the city. It was warm enough I didn’t need a sweater – friends this is rare. We’ve been having some spectacular weather lately. I can tell you one thing, I’ve been taking weekends off to relish these non-foggy days.

I hope all of you have a wonderful week ahead! It’s a short one for me – I’ll be road-tripping up to Oregon to visit friends and family. Do you have any plans for the 4th of July?

Photo by Caitlin Flemming

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Blooms in Season: June

Blooms in Season | By Natalie Bowen for Sacramento Street

In June, the flower market is bursting with an array of blooms – dahlias, the last peonies of the year, garden roses are slowly coming into bloom, and so much more. This month I wanted Natalie to surprise me with the arrangement. Little did I know that she actually had a hard time selecting what to put together (you’ll hear more details below).


As the arrangement came together in front of my eyes it was hard for me to believe that she had had a hard time selecting each of the flowers. It felt effortless and the combination was stunning. I love the mix of white, yellow and I’m a total sucker for fig branches. Learn more about how this month’s arrangement came together through Natalie’s eyes.

Blooms in Season | By Natalie Bowen for Sacramento Street

Flowers used this month:


“Symphony” rose

White scabiosa

“African bride” Love in mist (or nigella)

Geranium leaf

Acidanthera “sword lily”


What inspired you this month?

Some months are easier for me than others. The market is filled with pretty flowers, but sometimes there is that special something that launches the whole creative process. This month, I didn’t see that special bloom right away. We are in between seasons and with peonies being behind us and most of the garden roses ahead of us, I felt that I didn’t know what the obvious choice was for this month. When I saw the figs, I decided to go with that choice.

Blooms in Season | By Natalie Bowen for Sacramento StreetBlooms in Season | By Natalie Bowen for Sacramento Street

I love this pretty leaf. What is it?

The leaf is a variety of geranium. I love geranium and find the scent so soothing. It grows really well in San Francisco and I feel inspired to grow some in my own garden.


I love the black and deep purple center two flowers. It seems unusual to find that in a flower, is that true?

Few flowers have such a deep and rich tone in them, that I am drawn to them every time I see it. I love the Love-in-Mist and while it is most commonly seen in blue, I love this black variety. It is delicate but the black touch makes it feel more substantial and strong.

Blooms in Season | By Natalie Bowen for Sacramento Street

Using figs in the arrangement is a good idea. Do you have any tips for doing that?

I would suggest that when using anything with a thick stem, such as the fig, you should always put it in the vase first. This way you can build your arrangement around the thickness of the fig stems. It really help the structure of the arrangement to have these large stems in first.

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Claire Giffen

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On the Menu: Apricot & Strawberry Galette

On the Menu - Apricot & Strawberry Galette | Sacramento StreetRecently, I’ve made a commitment to get up early and go to the farmers market on Sunday mornings. I thought it might only last a few weeks but the produce has been inspiring me so much that I’ve now gone five weeks in a row!

By doing this, I start the week off with healthy and fresh ingredients and cook with what’s in season.  The freshness and flavors are unsurpassed and I’m directly supporting the farmers who grew the produce.

This week I’ve decided to try something outside of my comfort zone. I’m not known for my baking talents – so this was a stretch for me.  Let me tell you, I was so surprised with the results that I had to share this recipe with all you. Plus, it’s easy and your family or guests you make this for will be wanting more than one!


Pie Crust – I used a ready-made piecrust that was delicious. Check your local bakery to see if they sell the dough.  If you want to prepare your own, this is my tried and true recipe.

- all purpose flour (to dust the rolling of dough)

- 6 to 8 apricots

- one small box of strawberries

- 1 T cornstarch

- 2/3 cup granulated sugar

- dusting sugar


1. Using one 9-inch piecrust, roll pie crust out to create four squares about 1/8” thick. I always dust my surface as well as my rolling pin with flour so it sticks less.

2. Chop the apricots in long strips and slice the strawberries.

3. Combine fruit with sugar and cornstarch.

4. Add ½ cup of fruit into center of each piece of dough

5. Turn sides up and pinch folds.

6. Lightly brush with water and sprinkle the dusting sugar on top of the galettes.

7. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper and place the galettes on the cookie sheet.

8. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place galettes in oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until they are beginning to brown. Reduce heat to 375 degrees for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the filling in bubbling.

9. Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy this delicious summer treat!

TRecipe and photos by Caitlin Flemming

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