30 Minute Pasta Sauce

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

Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

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

Chicken Cutlets with Sauc...

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

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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

French Market Vegetable B...

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

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

Homemade Vegetable Broth...

If you want to follow a more plant-based diet, try using homemade vegetable broth instead...   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 Braised Chicken T...

Made from economical chicken thighs and a few pantry items, this chicken dish is a basic,...   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

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

Nectarine and Tomato Chut...

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

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 the soul. The Tuscan bean and vege...   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 Vege...

Always looking for a way to get more vegetables into our diet and knowing my husband will...   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 10 Minute Taco Fill...

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

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pe...

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

Thai Shrimp Soup

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

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie...

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