30 Minute Pasta Sauce

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

Arugula Salad with Quinoa...

Terrific Toronto. That’s what we now call this fabulous Canadian city. We just got back...   Read More

Avocado Hummus Wraps

Like wraps? Here is something new to try. A Wrawp. Smear with hummus, layer in some avocad...   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 Goat Feta Cheese|Me...

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

Baked Lemon Amaretto Shri...

With sweet Meyer lemons in season, try this easy baked lemon amaretto shrimp scampi recipe...   Read More

Baked Parmesan Potatoes

Crisp, golden and lightly crusted – Baked Parmesan Potatoes. serve them for dinner a...   Read More

Basic Broccolini: A Fast...

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

Berry Salad with Strawber...

A heavenly summer salad of cool crisp greens, sweet berries, crunchy pecans, plus a little...   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

Braised Italian Chicken T...

Made from economical chicken thighs and a few pantry items, braised Italian chicken thighs...   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

Brussels Sprouts with Bac...

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

Caesar Salad with Homemad...

Created by an Italian chef in Tijuana, Mexico around 1924, Caesar Salad is one of the grea...   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...

Craving something sweet? As crazy as it sounds, just roast some onions. Sweet vegetables a...   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 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 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

Cream of Broccoli Soup wi...

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

Creamy Dairy Free Asparag...

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

Cucumber Mint Salad

Crisp, almost sweet, mini Persian cucumbers make a cool, refreshing salad. Toss with fresh...   Read More

Curried Butternut Squash...

Warm, creamy, and brilliant orange in color, here is a new soup for your fall enjoyment. C...   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 Creamy Corn Ch...

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

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

Fresh Fig and Green Salad...

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

Greek Pasta Salad

The fresh air off the Pacific Ocean cleared not only our lungs but our heads. Camped on a...   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 and Quinoa S...

Friends recently came for dinner and I served this salad along with grilled shrimp, aspara...   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...

Fire up the grill for Father’s Day and treat dad to a great dinner with grilled flan...   Read More

Grilled Lemon Mint Chicke...

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

Grilled Scallops Wrapped...

Great food makes for great bribery. With the promise of a fabulous feast, we invited ourse...   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

Hawaiian Goat Cheese and...

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

Healthy Homemade Tomato S...

Tomato soup is a great classic soup and as a classic commercial taught us, it’s mmm...   Read More

Hearty Turkey Meatballs

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

Hearty Turkey White Bean...

My favorite use for leftover Thanksgiving turkey is making soup.  Here is a hearty turkey...   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 Herbed Mayonnais...

Mayonnaise is the simple emulsion of oil and egg yolks, a little mustard, vinegar, spices...   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

How To Rotisserie Chicken...

Crisp, juicy and golden. Rotisserie roast chicken is a staple in our house during summer a...   Read More

Huevos Rancheros and the...

A relaxing weekend away is a rare thing for us, and probably for you too. Life is so crazy...   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

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

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

Lobster Salad with Creamy...

Recently we spent a few glorious nights at the beautiful Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, Ca...   Read More

Maple Glazed Pecans

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

Mashed Sweet Potatoes wit...

Considered a superfood, sweet potatoes are a powerhouse vegetable packed with flavor and...   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

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

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

Nectarine and Goat Cheese...

Nectarines are beautiful, my favorite of the stone fruit family. Big burgundy baseballs of...   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

Panzanella Salad

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

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 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 and Easy Green Bean...

Fresh green beans in just five minutes? Yep. That’s all it takes, excluding the time for...   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

Ribollita | Tuscan Vegeta...

There is nothing like a warming bowl of soup to satisfy both the tummy and the soul. Memor...   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 Beef Tenderloin wit...

Easy to cook to perfection and serve with flair, it’s hard to compete with the buttery r...   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

Roast Pork Tenderloin wit...

One cut of meat  I turn to for a fast, tasty and satisfying dinner is pork tenderloin. Po...   Read More

Roasted Butternut Squash...

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

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

With the end of summer, farmers markets are overflowing with beautiful tomatoes. Romas, be...   Read More

Roasted Vegetable Ratatou...

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

Rosemary Maple Roasted Ca...

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

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 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

Spiced Turkey Burgers wit...

If you’re looking to grill some burgers this weekend, try spiced turkey burgers as an al...   Read More

Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo...

Have you ever made Shrimp Fra Diavolo? While it sounds fancy, it’s an easy, no-fail...   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 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

Sun Dried Apricot Vinaigr...

If you peak into my pantry you will find more than a dozen flavored vinegars. Flavored vin...   Read More

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pe...

Our friend and fellow photographer, Ron Goldman, has been growing organic heirloom tomatoe...   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 Quinoa Stuffed Pep...

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

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 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...

Spiral vegetable slicers are great for spaghetti-style zucchini noodles, but what about t...   Read More

Zucchini Roll Ups with Go...

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