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 garden -- and what she … [Read more...]

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, and getting culinary … [Read more...]

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! So I've gathered here my top ten salsas!  Some are … [Read more...]

Watermelon Cucumber Salsa Recipe


This salsa says poolside snack, it screams early summer barbecue appetizer, it cools me off just to look at it, and it happens to be one of my favorite weekend recipes in the summertime!Culinarily speaking, this Watermelon Cucumber Salsa is the best, most delicious way to celebrate summer! And today is the first … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Decadence


I love the month of June!It's the month I married my husband (10 years ago).It's the month my brother was born.It's when we celebrate our fathers.It's when summer begins and when mornings are foggy.Last weekend, my husband and I shared an incredible dessert the night of our anniversary.  It was so … [Read more...]

Grilled Romaine Anchovy Salad Recipe


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!) On the other hand, my good … [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day


Today I'm so happy and fortunate to be with my dad -- and, my other favorite dad on the planet, my husband.   We're all eating delicious food and hanging out together.  (I'll be sharing some of what we're having later this week -- I know, you're on the edge of your seat!) Wishing you all a very happy, warm, and … [Read more...]

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 "rustic."  When it's used to … [Read more...]

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!)How excited are you that it's pretty much that time again?And it's that time when corn is so sweet, it might as well … [Read more...]

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! Also, I know I my … [Read more...]