Friday Flowers: California Poppies and Creamy Avocado Gazpacho Recipe

Photo taken by Jim Kenney, during the peak of California Poppy season (March-May)

I’ll never forget the first time my Spanish “sister,” Pilar, came to visit and made gazpacho in my mom’s kitchen. Pilar literally added “a little of this and a little of that.”  At the time I didn’t know what the “this” or the “that” was, but the kitchen smelled amazing — like a ripe vegetable […]

Meyer Lemon Basil Pizza Recipe


Back in the day, I used to subscribe to at least four food magazines at a time.  (The day in question here was when I was single, had no kids, no pets, and had a whole lot of reading time.) I’d spend hours and hours reading my magazines — learning, taking notes, adding book marks, […]

My Top Ten Summer Salsas!


Salsa is perfect in the summertime.  Summer is the time when a great variety of fruits are in season and can be used to make delicious, unique, and memorable salsas. Berries, stone fruits, melons — paired with spicy peppers and fresh herbs — oh my — I just love it!

Grilled Romaine Anchovy Salad


I have to admit that sometimes I’m disappointed when someone doesn’t like an ingredient that I find delicious. I remember someone I met who didn’t like coffee, chocolate, or peanut butter.  I mean, seriously?!  How could that person be trusted?!  (And it turned out, he couldn’t be!)

Friday Flowers: Summer Lilacs and Gluten-Free Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies


These cookies have something of a rustic vibe to me.  You’ll have to try them to see what I mean. And believe me . . . you will want to try them because they’re crazy delicious — and not just “for a gluten-free cookie,” either.  Just crazy delicious for a cookie! I love the word […]

Summer Corn Chowder {Vegan Recipe}


Do you love eating fresh corn and tomatoes in the summertime — at the peak of their season?   What about fresh basil? And avocados, too? I know, who doesn’t!?  (Don’t even answer that, please!) 

Roasted Poblano Guacamole Recipe


Do you ever wake up with a particular ingredient on your mind? One that you must run out and buy immediately?  (Or in my case, have your husband run out for immediately — because you’d rather stay at home with a new puppy and two cute boys!) Welcome to my Sunday morning and poblano peppers! 

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