Monthly Archives: August 2011

Book Deals + Pork Chops

  Last week, I received my first inquiry from a book agent! Truth be told, I can’t say I’ve been anxiously sitting around just waiting for this to happen.  While I hope to write a cookbook someday, I often tell myself I’m not ready … just yet. Maybe it’s because I’m not sure I’ve  paid […]


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 […]


Rosewater Whipped Yogurt + Pluot-Star Anise Compote

What a whirlwind summer this has been. A couple weeks ago, C and I took a road trip down to LA to visit my younger brother and celebrate his younger brother’s 40th birthday.  It was a rowdy bash, full of Mai Tais, Margaritas and blaring music.  We also saw my sister-in-law who recently finished treatment […]


Fine-Tuning :: Peach, Basil + Golden Tomato Gazpacho

Much like the economy, life has its ups and downs, detours, roadblocks and periods of time where massive growth occurs.  If we’re lucky, we’ll experience moments where we’re able to take full inventory and fine-tune.  With even more luck, we’ll be able to go through a complete process of reinvention on a path to greater […]


Grilled Apricot, Brie + Rosemary Panini

The pink blush of the apricot skin begins to slowly fade as the sugars gently release and the interior begins to crackle and caramelize on the grill.  Thinly sliced and tossed with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and a hint of freshly grated nutmeg, the coy summer apricot is ready for its […]

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