Roast Chicken with Thai-Chili Compound Butter |

Simple Sundays | Roast Chicken with Thai-Chili Compound Butter

Once in a while, I pick up items in the grocery store with absolutely no plan, without any idea how I am going to use it. Take a look in the back of my pantry and you’ll...

Five Little Things | April 11, 2014 |

Five Little Things

Five Little Things I loved this week: Life’s Little Surprises (and Macarons!) This week has been peppered with wonderful little surprises. Unexpected macarons from a local favorite was one of them, and so were surprise sushi dates,...

Toasted Quinoa Stuffed Artichokes | | Stuffed with wholesome quinoa & delicious feta cheese, this makes for a wonderful side dish, or a meal all its own!

Simple Sundays | Toasted Quinoa Stuffed Artichokes

Raise your hand if you’re intimidated by artichokes…or remember a time when you stayed away from them at the market because you weren’t sure how to handle them.

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancakes |

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake

Oh Wednesday. You’re such a hard day of the week! I wake up yearning for the weekend, when alarms don’t exist, and I can rise at my leisure. When mornings aren’t rushed, and coffee can be sipped...

Eggplant Rollatini with Pancetta and Spinach |

Eggplant Rollatini with Pancetta and Spinach

Is it possible to be a closet vegetarian…who loves pancetta? I’ve noticed a shift in my eating. The balance on the scales is weighing heavier on the vegetables, and lighter on the meats. Perhaps it is the...

Carrot Mango and Kiwi Smoothie |

Carrot Mango and Kiwi Smoothie

“Mom, you’re my BMF,” my son confided as he slid his hand into mine. “BMF?” I asked, my mind going through the possible abbreviations.

Bacon Leek Dip |

Simple Sundays | Bacon Leek Dip

We met in Chicago, where the river runs green on St. Patrick’s Day, where leprechauns brave the bitter cold, and where, it seemed, the whole city would go out for drinks, Irish or not. The first time...

Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Parmesan |

Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Parmigiana

Things sure have changed. One of my daughter’s friends was over the other afternoon, and as they munched on snacks and smoothies at the kitchen table, the chatter turned to their allowance. I was relieved to hear...

Apple Beet Salad with Endive and Baby Greens |

Simple Sundays | Apple Beet Salad with Endive and Baby Greens

When lunchtime rolls around, I reach into my refrigerator and pull out a variety of vegetables and fruit, anything to satisfy my craving for crunch and freshness. Lately I just haven’t had the appetite for anything heavy...

Smoked Salmon Phyllo Bites with Wasabi Goat Cheese |

Smoked Salmon Phyllo Bites with Wasabi Goat Cheese

I’ve been counting down. In 21 days, 15 hours, 36 minutes, 31 seconds, I will be back in my hometown, probably a blubbery mess,

Mocha Coconut Granola |

Simple Sundays | Mocha Coconut Granola

Wednesday morning started like this: 5:50 am: alarm 6:10 am: let the dog out, start the coffee 6:20 am: shower and dress for the gym 6:30 am: wake the sleepyheads 6:35 am: sip hot coffee 6:45 am:...

Brussels Sprouts and Baby Greens Feta Pie |

Brussels Sprouts and Baby Greens Feta Pie

I’ve been thinking of pies lately. Lots and lots of pies. Lots. Savory, mostly.

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto |

Simple Sundays | Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

It’s been a rough winter. For many of you, incessant snow has been your been your adversary. For those of us in California, the drought has been ours. Don’t get me started on the winter illnesses. My...

Raspberry Mousse |

Raspberry Mousse

Is it possible to be too nice? I should never complain, especially in an age where manners are a rarity,

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

Simple Sundays | Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie + A Giveaway

After all the chocolate and sweets from Valentine’s Day, I am ready to soothe my eyes and my tummy with something green and wholesome. How about you?