4th of July Healthy Menu...

If you are trying to figure out the fireworks of your 4th of July menu and what will make...   Read More

Ahi Tuna Salad Lettuce Cu...

The Sears Chef Challenge – Week 1, Cerritos, CA What an exciting weekend! I was selecte...   Read More

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wrap...

Perfect for hungry Superbowl guests or a busy weeknight dinner for family, Asian turkey le...   Read More

Avocado Basil Dip

Creamy and bright green, this avocado basil dip is terrific for holiday entertaining, afte...   Read More

Avocado Hummus Wraps

Like wraps? Here is something new to try. A Wrawp. Smear with hummus, layer in some avocad...   Read More

Avocado Pomegranate Guaca...

For the love of avocados, here is a twist on traditional guacamole you’ve got to try...   Read More

Avocado Toast with Tomato...

Beautiful California avocados. I eat them every day. Buttery, creamy, healthy, and totally...   Read More

Baked Corn Tortilla Strip...

Details, details. The right little garnish can make a simple soup or salad a lot more fun,...   Read More

Baked Crab Cakes

A plate of crab cakes with a big green salad and a glass of chilled rose wine make for a w...   Read More

Baked Goat Feta Cheese|Me...

For a new twist on the traditional cheese and crackers, try this beautiful Mediterranean-i...   Read More

Caprese Skewers with Basi...

Featuring juicy summer tomatoes, creamy mini mozzarella balls and fresh, bright green basi...   Read More

Cherry Tomato Tart

Maybe it was the fresh cherry cakes I’d been baking weekly at the request of visiting fr...   Read More

Chia Muesli Breakfast Pud...

While I’ve called this chia breakfast pudding, it’s really something called Bi...   Read More

Chocolate Chip Granola Bi...

. Who doesn’t love granola. Crunchy, nutty, maple-y, spiced and a great way to start the...   Read More

Classic French Mushrooms...

Mushrooms Duxelles – The classic French mixture of finely chopped mushrooms, herbs, garl...   Read More

Creamy Deviled Eggs

Musing over my non-traditional Easter menu of roast salmon, I was missing an appetizer. I...   Read More

Creamy Golden Hummus

Homemade hummus is a mainstay snack in my kitchen. When I made a batch this week for a vid...   Read More

Deviled Egg Lettuce Wraps...

What to do with all of those pretty eggs you’ve hard boiled for Easter? Make egg salad o...   Read More

Easy Healthy Party Dips

While the Superbowl is synonymous with great football and must-see commercials, snacks a...   Read More

Easy Lemon Hummus

We spent last weekend visiting family and friends in beautiful Colorado. It was so nice to...   Read More

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

A few years ago I posted my recipe for an easy smoked salmon dip. It’s a recipe I make r...   Read More

Endive Leaves with Green...

Crisp, refreshing and pleasantly bitter, endive leaves make the perfect palette for herbed...   Read More

Fig and Goat Cheese Crost...

With fresh figs at the market and friends in for dinner three nights this past week, I ass...   Read More

Gluten-Free Cornbread wit...

With cornbread baking, the aroma wafting from the kitchen was wonderful. Who can resist a...   Read More

Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bo...

Here’s a quick bowl I’ve been making recently as an alternative breakfast to m...   Read More

Green Mojito Smoothie fro...

Do you love smoothies? I do, and have had one most mornings for the last fifteen years. Sm...   Read More

Grilled Artichokes

See that platter of grilled artichokes? After we shot the photos for this post we were hun...   Read More

Healthy Protein Smoothies...

Smooth, creamy and bursting with nutrition, smoothies are easy to make for a healthy break...   Read More

Herb Roasted Cherry Tomat...

Sweet and rich with concentrated tomato and herbal flavors, these herb roasted cherry toma...   Read More

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

This homemade cocktail sauce is quick to make and sure beats anything out of a jar. Smoked...   Read More

How to Choose and Cut a W...

Watermelons are the quintessential summer refresher. And since watermelons are more than 9...   Read More

How to Make Perfect Hard...

Frustrated by hard boiled eggs that are hard to peel then look like a train wreck? Here is...   Read More

How to Toast Pumpkin Seed...

How to toast pumpkin seeds. Such a simple thing. So tasty. And do you know good for you t...   Read More

Ingredients A-Z: Artichok...

Artichokes – the vegetable version of a pinecone. My thanks to the brave soul who first...   Read More

July 4th Healthy Menu Pla...

If you are trying to figure out the fireworks of your holiday menu and what will make it s...   Read More

Maple Glazed Pecans

Crunchy, rich, and lightly sweet with warm spices. From breakfast through afternoon snacks...   Read More

Mint and Melon Kabobs

With a wide variety of melons at the market, you know the end of summer is near. Their jui...   Read More

Nectarine and Goat Cheese...

Nectarines are beautiful. My favorite of the stone fruits. Big burgundy baseballs of summe...   Read More

Not-ella Carob Butter | T...

If you suffer from migraine headaches, vertigo or Meniere’s Disease, chocolate migh...   Read More

Parmesan Gougeres Cheese...

The irresistible French cheese puffs called gougeres (goo-zhare). They are great with a g...   Read More

Pomegranate Seeds and a D...

A friend recently offered me fresh pomegranates off of her overflowing tree. What a gift!...   Read More

Quick and Creamy Guacamol...

Cool and smooth, this creamy guacamole dip whips up fast in a food processor for a healthy...   Read More

Rainbow Vegetable Spring...

Whether you call them vegetable spring rolls or summer rolls, these little vegetable-fille...   Read More

Roasted Garlic Shrimp

It was not until this weekend that I thought to share this recipe with you. One I have use...   Read More

Roasted Maple Granola

After years of baking boatloads of homemade maple granola for my family, friends and clien...   Read More

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus...

Don’t labor in the kitchen on Labor Day. Make this roasted red bell pepper hummus ahead...   Read More

Rosemary Maple Roasted Ca...

This holiday season, share a gift from your kitchen – rosemary maple roasted cashews...   Read More

Smoked Salmon Deviled Egg...

Creamy, tangy, eggy bites of deliciousness. Deviled eggs and I go way back. So much, my mo...   Read More

Steamed Artichokes with L...

Steamed artichokes with dipping sauce, one of my standard friends-are-coming-for-dinner ap...   Read More

Stuffed Mushrooms with Su...

Stuffed mushrooms are a quick way to quiet growling stomachs while you are getting dinner...   Read More

Stuffed Portobello Mushro...

Mushrooms. I’m crazy about their rich, meaty taste. When I learned about the fifth taste...   Read More

Summer Gazpacho Tomato So...

Summer in a bowl. Take the edge off of summer’s heat with a chilled, refreshing bowl of...   Read More

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pe...

Our friend and fellow photographer, Ron Goldman, has been growing organic heirloom tomatoe...   Read More

The Best Gluten Free Bana...

This Mother’s Day, remembering my mom and all of the baking we did together, I decided t...   Read More

Watermelon Goat Cheese Ap...

Watermelon, the essential summer refresher teams up with creamy goat cheese and crisp cucu...   Read More

Zucchini Applesauce Muffi...

Zucchini in muffins? Yes! Zucchini applesauce muffins. If the thought of that throws your...   Read More

Zucchini Roll Ups with Go...

Creamy, bite sized vegetable bombs. When my neighbors kids wolfed these down for an aftern...   Read More