30 Minute Pasta Sauce

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

A Feast with Friends | Gr...

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

Avocado Toast with Tomato...

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

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

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

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

Bread Stuffing with Herbs...

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

Caramelized Sweet Red Oni...

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

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

Chinese Chicken Salad wit...

Crunchy, colorful vegetables team with shredded chicken and a creamy sesame ginger vinaigr...   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 Avocado Basil Dip...

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

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

Cucumber Mint Salad

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

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 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 Zucchini Casserole

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

Endive Leaves with Green...

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

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 Bean Salad with Swe...

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

While fresh summer corn lingers at the market, grill a few cobs, cut off the caramelized...   Read More

Grilled Lemon Mint Chicke...

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

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

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

Big sea scallops, also called diver scallops are a wonderful treat when you can find them....   Read More

How To Steam Salmon

With time-starved schedules and the desire to eat healthy, everyone needs fast recipes the...   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

Jalapeño Mint Grilled Sh...

For a quick and healthy dinner, marinate shrimp in a zippy combo of citrus juices, fresh m...   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

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 Chicken Salad Pita...

Hot weather calls for cool salads, and here’s an unbeatable classic with a twist – lem...   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

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

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

Orange and Fennel Salad

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

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

Pork Tenderloin with Blac...

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

Quick and Easy Green Bean...

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

Raspberry Balsamic Seared...

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

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 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 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

Scalloped Potatoes

Whether you call them cheesy scallop potatoes, scalloped potatoes, potato au gratin or au...   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 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

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 Deviled Egg...

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

Smoked Salmon Nicoise Sal...

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

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoe...

There are some subjects in the world of cooking that elicit firm convictions about how som...   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

Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo...

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

Steakhouse Roasted Mushro...

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

The California Shrimp Lou...

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

Turkey Tortilla Wrap with...

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

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