30 Minute Pasta Sauce

Whether you call it spaghetti sauce, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, or marinara, it is a stapl...   Read More

Asian Almond Butter Sauce...

Sauces are power tools in your kitchen. Sauces are transformative. Sauces can turn a basi...   Read More

Asian Flank Steak with Gi...

When you’re in the mood for Asian flavors, don’t head for takeout. Try this recipe for...   Read More

Barbecue Glazed Meatloaf...

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

Basil Pesto Chicken and P...

When I’ve got a hungry husband in need of a fast dinner, here’s one of my “go-to”...   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 Bean Pumpkin Soup

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

Braised Cabbage with Leek...

Humble cabbage becomes a savory side dish in just minutes. It’s nice along side roast ch...   Read More

Braised Chicken with Cash...

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

Bread Stuffing with Herbs...

Stuffing or dressing? My mom and I used to go round and around about what its called. She...   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

Chicken Cutlets with Sauc...

I close my eyes and see purple rolling hills and endless rows of lavender, fields that con...   Read More

Chicken Noodle Vegetable...

As we start a New Year,  its time to return to healthy, comforting foods to ward off the...   Read More

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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

Classic Basil Pesto

Classic basil pesto instantly transforms ordinary dishes into something delicious and diff...   Read More

Cornbread Cranberry Dress...

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

Curried Butternut Squash...

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

Easy Chicken Parmesan

When your schedule is hectic (and when isn’t it?) and you need a hot, comfort food dinne...   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 White Chicken Chili...

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

Easy Zucchini Casserole

Got zucchini? At the end of summer, markets and gardens have it in abundance! Skip the bre...   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

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

French Market Vegetable B...

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

Garlicky Caesar Salad wit...

Caesar Salad: A Great Classic Created by an Italian chef in Tijuana, Mexico around 1924, C...   Read More

Ginger Molasses Baked Bea...

July is National Baked Bean month, so what better reason to make a pot of baked beans. Ins...   Read More

Golden Chicken Cutlets

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

Golden French Onion Soup...

A steaming bowl of French onion soup topped with melted Gruyere cheese – classic comfort...   Read More

Green Quinoa Salad with S...

Shopping at a favorite health-food market my tummy was rumbling, so I headed to the fresh...   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 Corn on the Cob w...

The crunch when you bite into golden kernels. An occasional squirt of corn juice when the...   Read More

Grilled Flank Steak Mexic...

Planning to fire up the grill for Father’s Day? Treat dad to a great dinner with grill...   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

Grilled Shrimp Wrapped wi...

Now that my Tuscan Blue rosemary bushes are big, I trim long sprigs and soak them in water...   Read More

Grilled Swordfish Kabobs...

Fire up the grill for Father’s Day and serve these easy, tasty swordfish and vegetable k...   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

Hearty Turkey Bean Soup

What to do with leftover turkey? Make soup! Here is a hearty turkey bean soup with lots of...   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 Cocktail Sauce

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

Homemade Hoisin Sauce

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

Homemade Turkey Broth

The best Thanksgiving gravy starts with rich, homemade turkey broth. Make your turkey brot...   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 Steam Salmon

With time-starved schedules and the desire to eat healthy, everyone needs fast and easy re...   Read More

Italian Chicken Marsala

When I want to serve a special chicken dish that I know everyone will love, I make Chicken...   Read More

Kale and Ricotta Stuffed...

With many people looking for meatless recipes to serve for Meatless Monday’s, I decided...   Read More

Kale Salad with Roasted V...

Here’s a delicious way to get more veggies on the table and change up your usual sal...   Read More

Lighter Whole Wheat Lasag...

Working outdoors on folding tables plating lunch for 130 hungry guests I almost froze. Wi...   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

Mediterranean Potato Sala...

If it’s 4th of July, then there MUST be potato salad. That was true when I was growing u...   Read More

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

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

Moules Mariniere | Mussel...

Cooking with liqueurs brings unique flavors and flair to dishes. Adding Pernod, the famed...   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

Nectarine and Goat Cheese...

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

Nectarine and Tomato Chut...

Strolling happily into my favorite grocery store, I was drawn magnetically to a display of...   Read More

Oven Baby Back Ribs with...

There’s something about the flavor of charred meat that makes our primal instincts kick...   Read More

Pan Seared Halibut with M...

Go fish! Does anyone still play that card game? Anyway, for Valentine’s dinner, here is...   Read More

Panzanella Salad

Mid-summer markets are overflowing with beautiful, colorful, heirloom tomatoes. Need a gre...   Read More

Parmesan Potato Wedges

Crisp, golden and lightly crusted – baked Parmesan potato wedges. Great for Mother...   Read More

Pasta with Chicken Sausag...

When time is short and you’re hungry, here is a quick dish I turn to over and over again...   Read More

Poached Eggs with Quinoa...

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

Pork Tenderloin with Blac...

Dark purple, finger staining, sweet summer blackberries. Everywhere I turned it was blackb...   Read More

Preserved Lemon Sauce

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

Quick Grilled Zucchini

Can you tell that I’m in grilling mode? Flank steak, rotisserie chicken, corn on the cob...   Read More

Quinoa Tabouleh Salad

When one of my best friends said “tell me what to do with quinoa”, this is first recip...   Read More

Rainbow Vegetable Spring...

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

Risotto Milanese With Saf...

Therapy in a Pan Making risotto is like therapy in a pan. When the day has left you frazzl...   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

Roasted Butternut Squash...

Whole foods, prepared simply are tasty and healthy. Perfect for fall dinners, roasted butt...   Read More

Roasted Carrots with Thym...

The Richness of Roasting The house was filled with the rich aromas of roasting meat and ve...   Read More

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower that tastes so incredible you cannot stop eating it. No kidding. It...   Read More

Roasted Cauliflower and G...

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

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

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

Shrimp Scampi with Meyer...

Sweet Meyer Lemons With sweet, floral-fragranced Meyer lemons in season, here is a main di...   Read More

Simple Seared Salmon

If just thinking about cooking fish makes you nervous, try this simple way to cook perfect...   Read More

Southwestern Black Bean S...

Everyone loves recipes that are easy and quick to put together, healthy, and versatile in...   Read More

Southwestern Turkey Chili...

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

Spicy 10 Minute Taco Fill...

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

Steakhouse Roasted Mushro...

Mushrooms this good are often served alongside a thick, juicy steak at a fancy steakhouse...   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

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

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pe...

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

Tenderloin of Beef with C...

Easy But Impressive Easy to roast to perfection and serve with flair, it’s hard to compe...   Read More

Thai Lemongrass Chicken

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

Thai Shrimp Soup

Perfumed with aromatic lemongrass and ginger, zing from lime juice, and heat from a jalape...   Read More

Thanksgiving Green Beans...

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

The California Shrimp Lou...

She taught me to scramble eggs, make perfect white sauce and chicken soup. How I miss bein...   Read More

Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed...

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

Turkey Meatballs

From A to almost Z (actually Afghanistan to Vietnam), all cultures around the world have r...   Read More

Turkey Tetrazzini Cassero...

Turkey Tetrazzini is an American classic and a favorite dish to make with leftover Thanksg...   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

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

Zucchini Noodles with Pas...

Zucchini noodles? Yes! They are terrific. If eliminating pasta is too much of a switch all...   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