Category Archives: Entrées

A Time to Thrive :: Noodles with Crab + Citrus-Chili Oil

  A friend recently reminded me that happy people are often grateful, while ungrateful people tend to look at life from a “glass half empty” perspective.  I’m guilty of both.  Sometimes I believe the realist in me needs to see life for its misgivings — that this somehow helps anticipate the bumpy road ahead, work […]


Flamingo Peppers :: Stuffed with Grilled Chicken, Black Beans + Smoked Mozzarella

  If it isn’t glaringly obvious, few things excite me more than a really good food find.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be something eccentric or exotic like, say, grasshopper kidney.  Anthony Bourdain can captain that league.  An heirloom fruit or hybrid vegetable is much more my speed. The Flamingo Pepper, for example, is a […]


Garlic Prawn Kebabs + Sticky Chili Dipping Sauce

He glared down at the pristine, coral-colored salmon sashimi that was just placed in front of him with dismay. “This looks good, but where’s the ponzu sauce I ordered with it?”  He whimpered. It didn’t take long for me to fully comprehend the critical importance of sauce when it comes to my husband and his […]


Fennel + Thyme Crusted Cod with Meyer Lemon, Oil-Cured Olives & Black Forbidden Rice

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  Forget spring cleaning.   There will be plenty of time to thoroughly organize, dutifully purge and wholly shine the winter-beaten windows. For now, it’s all about the collision of food as winter makes its hasty exit and spring breathes new life into everything … literally.       The highlight of this dish, wild […]


Saturday Night + Wild Shrimp Scampi

  When I was a teenager my parents had a date night each Saturday. They’d make trips to the farmers market and local purveyors to pick out the freshest ingredients, make an elaborate meal together and share a bottle or two of wine.  Even though I was a typical teen and thought most adults were clueless […]

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