Author Archive | Kristen Desmond

Lentil Salad: No Recipe Required!

I am mildly obsessed with lentils. Low in calories, high in fiber and protein, they are a go-to of mine for soup, salads, and sides. This Lentil Salad requires no recipe. It wants whatever you’ve got and only gets better sitting overnight in your fridge. See below for how I pulled mine together and for […]

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Quick Breads: Cranberry Nut

Quick bread is my go-to when the weekend rolls around or when guests arrive. It’s so easy to make and serves as a great breakfast, snack, or after dinner treat with tea. I’ve got citrus on the brain and cranberries in the freezer – which can only mean one thing – Cranberry Nut Bread. This is the […]

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

This salad was a big hit at Flagstone Pantry. I came home from the gym today, saw the Brussels Sprouts in the fridge, and made it immediately. It comes together in minutes. It’s perfect for a day like today but equally up to entertaining. The recipe calls for a Pomegranate Vinaigrette, which is delicious. Today […]

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Lentil Soup

Whenever I purchase a wedge of Parmesan cheese, I cut the rind off and put in the freezer. Then, on a day like today, when I want to make soup – it’s right there waiting for me. Adding a Parmesan rind to soups while they simmer provides depth to the flavor. It’s that simple – […]

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A New Chapter – and Baked Oatmeal!

In 2018, I closed Flagstone Pantry to relocate to Washington, D.C. – again. I’ve had a little time to reflect on my experience owning and operating Flagstone Pantry, which I’ve concluded was equal parts rewarding, challenging, fun and terrifying. Being featured on Cooking Channel’s Cheap Eats: Santa Barbara for my Cowboy Cooking was simply the […]

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Summer Soup Recipes

Some folks think there is a certain season for soup, but we make soup year ’round at Flagstone Pantry.  Summer is a great time to serve cooling gazpachos and other soups that feature seasonal produce like squash, corn and basil. At summer gatherings, we like serving colorful gazpachos in shot glasses as appetizers. Here are […]

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2017 Thanksgiving Menu!

It’s that time! Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  We have a delicious à la carte menu that will allow you to spend more time at the table. Order forms are available online and at our counter. Please visit or call today to place your order by November 19th! (805) 617-4568.

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The S.B. Questionnaire: Kristen Desmond

Monday, October 16, 2017 By Roger Durling When asked what quality she likes most in people, Kristen Desmond, the owner of Flagstone Pantry, answers, “Sincerity. What you see is what you get. No hidden agendas.” She might as well be talking about her business. Flagstone is the open kitchen and deli counter at the Santa […]

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Pumpkin, well, everything!

This time of year brings out the pumpkin lover in all of us. We’re having fun with it and want you enjoy the seasonal pumpkin madness as well. If you’re feeling inspired, try making one of these dishes at home! Shake up your breakfast parfait with our Pumpkin Parfarro Stir up some Pumpkin-Peanut Soup Prepare a Spiced Pumpkin, […]

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