10 Tips for How to Learn...

Recently I participated in a healthy living workshop for The Daniel Plan, manning the sm...   Read More

15 Reasons to Give Up Sod...

You’ve heard it before. That little voice inside your head that nags you to give up...   Read More

All About Nutritional Yea...

While it might not sound too appetizing, nutritional yeast has a pleasant, cheesy, savory,...   Read More

All About Quinoa and How...

If you are unfamiliar with quinoa, it’s time to learn about this amazing, ancient h...   Read More

Avocado Basil Dip

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

Barbecue Glazed Meatloaf...

Barbecue Glazed Meatloaf Classic American comfort food, meatloaf is enjoying a revival. Wh...   Read More

Basic Broccolini: A Fast...

For a quick, easy and healthy dinner side, make basic broccolini. In less than three minut...   Read More

Bison Bolognese Meat Sauc...

Pasta with meat sauce, a time-honored classic that never goes out of style. This traditio...   Read More

Black and White Sesame Sa...

Many people love salmon but are afraid to cook it at home. Try this easy, Asian-inspired r...   Read More

Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

In this busy season when days zoom by and temperatures drop, it’s comforting to have an...   Read More

Blueberry Brain Smoothie...

Making this year a success requires making good decisions. And we can’t make good de...   Read More

Braised Chicken with Cash...

Chicken with gravy. Just the mention might conjure up happy memories of a family dinner at...   Read More

Broccoli and Cabbage Slaw...

Spring weather is so unpredictable. Today is a cool spring day, but recently it hit the 90...   Read More

Brussels Sprouts with Bac...

Brussels sprouts. Those cute little mini cabbages. They make a great side dish to accompan...   Read More

Caprese Skewers with Basi...

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

Caramelized Sweet Red Oni...

Humble Onions Craving something sweet? Don’t turn to something sugary. As crazy as...   Read More

Cauliflower Colcannon

An Emerald Isle tradition, colcannon is a combination of mashed potatoes mixed with eith...   Read More

Cauliflower Rice with Par...

If you ditched white rice for a healthier, lower carb, grain-free diet, try making caulifl...   Read More

Chia Muesli Breakfast Pud...

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

Chicken Breasts Baked in...

Trying to figure out what to cook for Mother’s Day dinner? Look no further. Here is a te...   Read More

Chicken Tomatillo Soup

Get Ready for Thanksgiving While preparing for Thanksgiving is everyone’s focus, we...   Read More

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Here’s one of my favorite ways to use leftover chicken: Chicken tortilla soup. This sou...   Read More

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cre...

Rich, chocolatey and incredibly creamy, this chocolate coconut ice cream recipe is a knock...   Read More

Chocolate Cranberry Bites...

Chocolate Cranberry Bites. Everyone goes crazy over them, and they are so easy to make wit...   Read More

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

When dessert has to be chocolate, this recipe will knock your socks off. Decadent, rich, s...   Read More

Classic Cobb Salad

A much loved classic, the Cobb Salad was created in the 1930’s at the famous Hollywood r...   Read More

Classic French Mushrooms...

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

Cornbread Cranberry Dress...

Contemplating my holiday menu, I thought about many friends who have adopted a gluten-fre...   Read More

Cream of Broccoli Soup wi...

Bright green and velvety smooth, here is my latest soup recipe –  cream of broccoli...   Read More

Creamed Pearl Onions

Creamed Pearl Onions. I hated them as a kid, and love them as an adult who finally wised u...   Read More

Creamy Butternut Apple So...

Velvety smooth and vibrant orange, this creamy butternut apple soup is easy to make and h...   Read More

Creamy Dairy Free Asparag...

Asparagus is my spring obsession. Long considered a gourmet delight, I can’t get eno...   Read More

Creamy Leek and Mushroom...

Mushroom soup is one of my favorite soups, yet it’s one I’ve not made for ages because...   Read More

Creamy Quick Chicken Curr...

It was hard to decide whether to call this recipe easy or quick, because it's both! You ca...   Read More

Crispy Seared Duck Breast...

If you are considering what to serve for Valentine’s Day, here is an easy dinner th...   Read More

Curried Butternut Squash...

Warm, creamy, spiced and brilliant orange in color, here is a new soup for your fall enjoy...   Read More

Curried Chicken Salad

Creamy curried chicken salad. Classic chicken salad gets a tasty flavor twist with an Indi...   Read More

Dairy Free Carrot Top Pes...

Carrot top pesto made with fluffy green carrot tops. For years they ended up in the tras...   Read More

Dairy Free Cheesy Sprinkl...

Cheesy-tasting but no cheese? Yes! This versatile, dairy free cheesy sprinkle tastes sort...   Read More

Dairy Free Creamy Corn Ch...

At end of summer good fresh corn is in abundance. Golden kernels and pale, soft green hus...   Read More

Dark Chocolate Dipped Str...

A dessert that is actually good for you? That would be dark chocolate dipped strawberries....   Read More

Dungeness Crab Salad with...

Prized for its sweet, delicate flesh, Dungeness crab is a west coast specialty. It needs l...   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 Roasted Brussels Spr...

My little cabbage might be a French term of endearment, but many people are not in love wi...   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

Easy Tips to Detox Every...

Doing a detox after the holidays is a great way to kick off the New Year, an effective way...   Read More

Easy White Chicken Chili...

When your family is hungry and time is short, make this hearty white chicken chili. Done i...   Read More

Eat Fat Get Thin | Dr. Ma...

For decades, fat has been imprisoned, falsely convicted in the court of public opinion b...   Read More

Eggs Benedict with Smoked...

Whether Mother’s Day, New Year’s Day or I Survived Another Week Day, Eggs Benedict mak...   Read More

Fast and Flavorful Chicke...

In the heat of summer, hot soup is the last thing most people think of eating, much less c...   Read More

French Market Vegetable B...

French market vegetable beef soup is a meal in itself. It’s got everything from the mark...   Read More

Fresh Fig and Green Salad...

With deep purple skin and pink flesh, fresh Black Mission figs have a unique texture and s...   Read More

Gluten-Free Cornbread wit...

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

Golden Chicken Cutlets

Need a fast dinner? Here’s a recipe, really more of a technique for golden chicken cutle...   Read More

Greek Pasta Salad

The fresh air off the Pacific Ocean cleared not only our lungs but our heads. Camped on 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 Bean Salad with Swe...

I had a friend whose idea of green bean salad meant draining canned green beans and dousin...   Read More

Green Beans Almondine

Since just about every body loves green beans, it’s fun to create new ways to serve...   Read More

Green Juice Recipe

With a new juicer in my kitchen, I’ve been concocting all kinds of healthy juice recip...   Read More

Grilled Artichokes

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

Grilled Chicken Salad wit...

A good salad must have great dressing.  What’s a Caesar without the Caesar dressing or...   Read More

Grilled Hoisin Chicken Ka...

Kabobs, kebabs, or skewers: they go by many names. Food on a stick is part of the fun of s...   Read More

Grilled Lemon Mint Chicke...

Fragrant emerald mint growing outside my kitchen door beckoned with the freshness of sprin...   Read More

Grilled Shrimp Salad with...

Crisp salad greens and grilled shrimp are the basis for a new grilled shrimp salad with fr...   Read More

Hawaiian Goat Cheese and...

Getting a golden tan and playing golf is many peoples goal for a vacation on the big islan...   Read More

Hawaiian Green Smoothie

It must be the anticipation of our fall trip to Maui, because I am in a Maui state of min...   Read More

Healthy Homemade Tomato S...

Say Goodbye to Store Bought Soup Do you have canned or boxed soups in your pantry for mea...   Read More

Healthy Protein Smoothies...

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

Healthy Yogurt Hollandais...

Creamy, buttery, and as thick as mayonnaise, Hollandaise is a much-loved, classic French s...   Read More

Herb Roasted Cherry Tomat...

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

Herbed Baby Dutch Potatoe...

Little golden orbs of buttery delight, that’s what I call Baby Dutch Potatoes. You eat t...   Read More

Homemade Cashew Milk

Homemade cashew milk. Make it: don’t buy it. It’s so easy. Soak raw nuts over...   Read More

Homemade Herbed Mayonnais...

The simple emulsion of oil and egg yolks, a little mustard, vinegar, spices (and herbs). W...   Read More

Homemade Hoisin Sauce

Years ago, I loved Hoisin sauce for barbecue, slathering it over grilled chicken or seared...   Read More

Homemade Vegetable Broth...

If you want to follow a more plant-based diet, try using homemade vegetable broth instead...   Read More

How to Make Clarified But...

While I cook mostly with olive oil and coconut oil, sometimes only butter will do. Someti...   Read More

How to Make Homemade Brea...

You might scratch your head and wonder why I would post a recipe for homemade bread crumbs...   Read More

How to Make Preserved Lem...

With three simple ingredients – lemons, salt and lemon juice – learn how to m...   Read More

How to Poach Chicken Brea...

How to poach chicken breasts: a simple, classic cooking method that really comes in handy...   Read More

How to Roast a Whole Chic...

Whole roast chicken is a Sunday dinner tradition in our house. Golden-crusted and crisp-sk...   Read More

How to Roast Asparagus

I am crazy about asparagus.  Always have been. I have to apologize to my husband for my l...   Read More

How to Roast Beets

Beets are a love-hate vegetable. People seem to be either in the “dirt” camp (hate the...   Read More

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

After being gone for a month with spotty internet access, it’s good to be back in t...   Read More

Lemon Almond Polenta Cake...

From the first bite, you experience the soft crunchy texture from cornmeal and ground almo...   Read More

Lemon Pasta with Kale, Ri...

One of the highlights of our trip to New York City was a visit to the incredible Italian m...   Read More

Linguini with Clams | A F...

Steamed Clam on Malibu Beach The first time I remember eating steamed clams was at Gladsto...   Read More

Maple Glazed Pecans

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

Mediterranean Chicken Thi...

Recently I grabbed chicken thighs at the store with no idea what I was going to do with th...   Read More

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

With holiday madness in full swing, you’ve got better things to do than worry about than...   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

Mushroom and Herb Pasta S...

This is an amazing tasting sauce with a rich and hearty flavor.  My favorite pasta sauce....   Read More

Mushroom Stuffed Sole

If you are pining for spring when more fresh wild fish comes into season, make use of a l...   Read More

My Tour at Sub-Zero Wolf...

Who could resist an invitation to a culinary playground? Not me. Last week I had the oppor...   Read More

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies...

With Christmas right around the corner, I just had to bake cookies. It’s like an it...   Read More

Orange and Fennel Salad

Sweet oranges, tart ruby pomegranate seeds, buttery avocado, peppery arugula and licoricy...   Read More

Pan Roasted Halibut with...

Pan-roast halibut filets in a hot non-stick skillet and finish them with a brief steaming...   Read More

Pearl Onions with Brown B...

Pearls. Lovely to wear and delicious to eat. That would be pearl onions. Petite when compa...   Read More

Pineapple Mango Salsa

When temperatures soar and you’re melting into a puddle, cooling dishes don’t just sou...   Read More

Pistachio Crusted Roast S...

Constantly on the run, the first half of the year went by in a blink. With trips to Santa...   Read More

Poached Eggs with Pumpkin...

Creamy and hearty for a healthy fall breakfast, try poached eggs with pumpkin polenta. It...   Read More

Poached Eggs with Quinoa...

Seems like everyone is rediscovering the simple joy of poached eggs. After being demonized...   Read More

Preserved Lemon Sauce

So you started your jar of preserved lemons last week, right?  If so, keep this recipe ha...   Read More

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes Here’s a colorful last minute update for your Thanksgiving t...   Read More

Quick & Crispy Chick...

With leftover roast chicken in the refrigerator, chicken quesadillas became the lunch solu...   Read More

Quick Strawberry Muffins...

Roadside strawberry stands are a common site in Southern California during spring and earl...   Read More

Raspberry Balsamic Seared...

Crisp seared salmon and a ruby red sauce made with frozen raspberries, raspberry balsamic...   Read More

Raspberry Shrub

Need a refreshing, thirst-quenching drink to combat the heat of summer? Here is your answe...   Read More

Ribollita | Tuscan Vegeta...

There is nothing like a warming bowl of soup to satisfy the soul. The Tuscan bean and vege...   Read More

Rice Salad with Corn and...

We seldom eat out, but I can’t resist Gulfstream in Newport Beach, CA. You can always ge...   Read More

Roast Chicken Breasts –...

The store is out of what you need, creativity is running low and dinner hour is looming. W...   Read More

Roast Halibut with Roast...

Mild flavored and pearly white, there is nothing like fresh Alaskan halibut.  I’m alway...   Read More

Roasted Cauliflower and G...

Toss cauliflower florets and whole garlic cloves with olive oil, then roast and puree. It&...   Read More

Roasted Red Potatoes with...

Crusty on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, roasted red potatoes are irresistibl...   Read More

Roasted Tomato Marinara S...

Skip the stockpot and pull out your roasting pan for richly concentrated, flavorful roas...   Read More

Roasted Vegetable Ratatou...

Friday morning usually finds me shopping at a local farmers market. The vibrant colors, th...   Read More

Seared Scallops with Oran...

With Valentines being mid-week this year, I wanted to share a recipe with you for an easy,...   Read More

Seared Scallops with Vege...

Always looking for a way to get more vegetables into our diet and knowing my husband will...   Read More

Seasonal Fresh Fruit Sala...

Because we can buy citrus fruit almost year round, its easy to forget that it is a winter...   Read More

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Tender shrimp, quickly cooked in a bubbling, spicy tomato sauce, “brother devil̶...   Read More

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderl...

Looking for a wow dinner for your beef loving family and guests? Check out this slow roast...   Read More

Smoked Salmon Nicoise Sal...

Sears Chef Challenge – Week Number 2 – Brea, CA We had another fun weekend wit...   Read More

Southwestern Turkey Chili...

My leftover Thanksgiving turkey needed to be finished up. I debated what to make with it....   Read More

Spiced Chocolate Sorbet w...

When a cookbook automatically opens to a certain page, you know that recipe is often made...   Read More

Spicy 10 Minute Taco Fill...

Spicy, juicy, with choose your choice of ground meat, chicken, turkey, beef or bison. Use...   Read More

Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Tacos are one of our mainstay lunches. Sometimes I use leftover roast chicken, but our fa...   Read More

Steamed Artichokes with L...

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

Strawberries with Balsami...

Berries and vinegar might sound like odd partners, but they’re actually wonderful togeth...   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

Summer Tomato Zucchini Ca...

Layers of red ripe tomatoes and green zucchini baked with a crisp, cheesy tasting herb top...   Read More

Summer White Bean Salad

Whether canned or dried, beans are the backbone of any strong pantry. Strong, like silent...   Read More

Summer Zucchini, Corn, an...

When clients asked for this dish three times in one week, I knew I had to post it for you....   Read More

Superfood Blueberry Green...

Since we drink smoothies every morning for breakfast, I am continually in creative mode co...   Read More

Thai Lemongrass Chicken

Take a trip to the orient with Thai Lemongrass Chicken. One of the most important flavors...   Read More

Thanksgiving Green Beans...

Planning and preparing for a big holiday dinner can stress even the most seasoned of cooks...   Read More

Tomato Salad Caprese | Fl...

Lunchtime in Florence, Italy It was lunchtime in Florence, Italy. Touring the huge central...   Read More

Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed...

Traditional versions of stuffed peppers use green bell peppers, ground beef and rice. Here...   Read More

Turkey Tortilla Wrap with...

A nice change from sandwiches, wraps are easy to make. Fill with thinly sliced turkey (nit...   Read More

Vegan Cheese Sauce

No-cheese sauce. Vegan cheese sauce. Cheesy sauce. Non-dairy cheese sauce. I’m not s...   Read More

Vegan Chocolate Truffles...

Brightly colored Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs and sweet ca...   Read More

Vegetable Beef Stew with...

Beef and vegetable stew, a classic, hearty dish filled with chunks of top sirloin, carrots...   Read More

Vegetable Miso Soup with...

If your New Years eating plan includes lighter, healthier foods, this vegetable miso soup...   Read More

Vegetable Quinoa Breakfas...

Who doesn’t love a good casserole? A breakfast casserole is a comfort food kind if w...   Read More

Vegetarian Chili with Smo...

Park City, Utah Weekend We just returned from a long weekend at the Sundance Film Festival...   Read More

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie...

Packed with vegetables and beans, then topped with creamy mashed potatoes, don’t tell th...   Read More

Warm Kale Salad with Cran...

A simple combination of sweet and savory, green and crunchy all at the same time. Warm kal...   Read More

Warm Shaved Brussel Sprou...

Dining at a favorite local restaurant, my grilled fish arrived with a light and fluffy veg...   Read More

Whole Roasted Carrots

With year-round availability, carrots are dependable and budget-friendly vegetables. Not...   Read More

Zucchini Ribbon Salad wit...

A few weeks ago I was playing with my spiral vegetable slicer. Sure, I use it for spaghett...   Read More

Zucchini Roll Ups with Go...

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