Forgotten Cookies

August 25, 2014

Softly leafing through an old, faded notebook, I came across a recipe that looked familiar yet at the same time different. The ingredient list I knew, but the technique was different. It was a simple cookie I baked growing up called a chocolate chip meringue, but this recipe was called the Forgotten Cookie.

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A Feast with Friends | Grilled Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto

August 21, 2014

Great food makes for great bribery. With the promise of a fabulous feast, we invited ourselves over to good friends for the weekend. They have a gorgeous home overlooking the California coast. Hey, what are friends for?

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Zucchini Applesauce Muffins (gluten-free)

August 17, 2014

Zucchini in muffins? Yes! If the thought of that throws your family, don’t tell them. Once they have gobbled one of these soft and moist golden goodies down, then tell them.

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Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad with Fresh Herbs

August 6, 2014

While fresh summer corn lingers at the market, grill a few cobs, cut off the caramelized kernels and toss it with some cooked quinoa, olive oil and herbs. Such a simple and delicious summer salad, and a great way to use extra grilled corn. 

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Avocado Toast with Heirloom Tomatoes and Microgreens

August 1, 2014

Beautiful California avocados. I eat them every day. Buttery, creamy, healthy, and totally irresistible. Of course they are good as guacamole, on sandwiches, in omelets, stuffed with crab or chicken salad, whirled into creamy dips or smoothies, added to green salads and about a million other ways…but have you simply tried them on toast? Yes, toast! Unbelievable. My new current addiction.

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

July 28, 2014

A good salad must have great dressing.  What’s a Caesar without the Caesar dressing or a classic steakhouse wedge without the creamy blue? For my latest grilled chicken salad, it’s all about a creamy, purple, blueberry balsamic dressing. 

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Creamy Citrus Mango Dressing and Sauce

July 19, 2014

Creamy, light, citrusy, easy – what more could you ask for? Oh, and it’s really versatile. It works as a dressing or sauce. Although I posted this recipe a few days ago as part of the lobster salad post, it’s too good not to highlight on its own.

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Lobster Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

July 13, 2014

Recently we spent a few glorious nights at the beautiful Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California. Lazily hanging out at the spa pool and not moving from the the plush, comfy lounge chairs, we had their fantastic lobster salad two days in a row for lunch.  I had to make this at home and share the recipe!

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Staycation at the Montage Resort Laguna Beach

July 8, 2014

  In desperate need of time off, time away and no time to go very far, we did what many people in Southern California do: we headed for the beach.  Not just any beach, but beautiful, charming Laguna Beach. The sea, the sand, and a wonderful spa. What a way to celebrate Kent’s birthday!

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Mediterranean Potato Salad

July 1, 2014

If it’s 4th of July, then there MUST be potato salad. That was true when I was growing up and I am bringing back the tradition. So much about food is what you grow up with.

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