Monthly Archives: February 2011

Luxe Creamy Avocado + Radish Toasts

Avocado always reminds me of lazy afternoons lounging by the pool in sunny San Diego.  We had an incredibly vibrant avocado tree in our backyard and couldn’t eat them quickly enough.  Often times, I’d whip up some spicy guacamole for a snack and an omega-rich masque to soothe the sun-kissed (okay, more like sunburned) skin […]


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 […]


Torched Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cakes

  Nothing says “I love you” like oatmeal.  Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch for some, but I can guarantee there will be no complaints about this brown sugar torched version. And, although it looks as if you slaved to make something extra special, it couldn’t be simpler. If you don’t have a kitchen […]


Quick fix :: Tarragon-Lemon Chicken Salad

One of my very first, and most favorite, jobs was when I was about 16-years old.  I worked at a traditional boulangerie, full of artisanal breads, croissants and muffins.  People were generally happy as they popped in for their freshly baked goods. Then again, how could they not be?  The place always smelled of cinnamon, […]


Seduced by Endive: The Sweeter Side of the Notoriously Bitter Vegetable

There are generally two sides to every story.  The same rule applies to many foods.  The interpretation of the truth lies in the palate of the person enjoying the food in question.  And, sometimes, the verdict can change. My palate picks up on bitterness immediately.  It sends in the troops alarming all critical functions to […]

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