Friday Flowers: Wisteria, My Mom’s Ginger Applesauce Recipe and her Kitchen


My parents have the most gorgeous Wisteria growing in their backyard. Years ago, a family of little doves lived in this pretty vine.  My mom loved going outside everyday to check on their nest and see how they were doing.  She was so sweet and nurturing, just like the mama bird. In addition to baby birdwatching, my … [Read more...]

Creamy Miso Noodle-Gai Lan Soup Recipe with Poached Eggs


My Dad was stationed in Japan in the late Fifties.  He fell in love with everything:  the country, the people, the language . . . and the food!He had me counting in Japanese when I was just san (three),  and he had me eating sushi well before it was popular.So when I create Japanese food, I always think of my … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bread Recipe


Do you ever find yourself wondering if your morning muffin or breakfast bread might be so sweet that it could actually qualify as a dessert?This happens to me all the time! And I'm totally okay with it!Remember the Lemon Coconut Muffins I made a while ago?  You know, the ones I said should really be called … [Read more...]

Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Garlic Orange-Sesame Sauce


Yesterday my super sweet six-year-old wasn't feeling his best so he stayed home from school. After spending an incredibly cozy morning on the couch under a blanket, reading books and watching TV, we decided to do some art. He used oil pastels to make this beautiful picture.  I love it!  Do you know what it is?  Come … [Read more...]

Spiced Tangerine Grilled Tofu Recipe


Shortly after I got married, I awoke one morning to the wonderful aroma of what I thought might be bacon.  Since my husband’s a vegetarian, I thought it couldn't be.  And I was right.When I went to the kitchen I found him eating what looked like long, rectangular, pinkish crackers.  Um . . . fake bacon?  … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie for a Passover Potluck


Want to see what I filled this gluten-free, perfect for Passover, potato latke-like crust with? And guess what?  It's delicious every day, special holiday or not!I was super excited when my friend and fellow LA Food Blogger, Tori Avey asked me to "bring" something to her virtual Passover Potluck she's hosting on … [Read more...]

Herbed Garlic Bread Recipe


If you've been following me for a while you know my eight-year-old son has Celiac Disease and is therefore 100% gluten-free.  And that my sweet husband became gluten-free, too, to stand in solidarity with him.When my son was diagnosed close to three years ago, our house became pretty much totally … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Begonias and Puréed Corn Soup Recipe with Adobo Sauce


A dear friend of mine is going through a very hard time.Here's what I do:  I try to be there, listen, and cook.  Of course I cook.This soup would be a tasty part of your brunch,  lunch of dinner this weekend.  Or you can pack it up and bring it to someone who might need a boost.   Either way, spend time with … [Read more...]

French Fry Frittata Recipe with Chipotle Chorizo Sauce


Do you remember when we made Smoky Chipotle Parmesan French Fries?I sure do!Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they kind of put me on the map!  The food blog map that is!  I'm very grateful to those tasty fries!You know by now that chipotles are one of my favorite ingredients, and I love developing … [Read more...]

Caramelized Banana-Coconut-Chocolate Chip Muffins {Gluten-Free Recipe}


You know that I adore a lovely brunch, right?  Well let's make it a gluten-free brunch this weekend.  And not just because -- but because that way my oldest son and husband can partake in all of it!I think the best gluten-free treats, are those that are inherently gluten-free.  So I try to develop my gluten-free … [Read more...]