Camp Blogaway and Watermelon-Lime Mimosa Smoothie Recipe

May7-Camp Blogaway 2011

Spending a weekend in the mountains with fellow food bloggers at Camp Blogaway has been a real highlight of my year!  It's also part of what led me to this blog, so I don't want to go another day without writing about it!One day in April, I read a great article in the LA Times about Sarah Gim of  TasteSpotting, an … [Read more...]

Miso Marinated Black Cod Recipe with Bok Choy-Pepper Stir Fry

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So here it is:  the dinner I served for my dad's birthday.(That dinner was capped off with my Espresso Ice-Cream Pie.)This dish really is something special.  While the marinade is amazing and definitely adds incredible flavor, I have to tell you that black cod is simply a special fish on its own.  It's mild, … [Read more...]

Espresso Ice-Cream Pie Recipe

May6-Espresso Ice-Cream Pie

I have always wondered how an Oreo cookie crust would taste if I added a handful of espresso powder to it. Truthfully, I've actually been wondering this for about a year. Now I know. It's amazing!We had a birthday dinner for my dad this week (my youngest son guessed he was turning 25).  Well, for a bit more than 25 … [Read more...]

Apple-Bacon Roasted Chicken Recipe

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June gloom is starting a bit early in L.A., and yesterday was chilly and foggy.  While I love the sunshine, I also appreciate an excuse to cook warming foods!  And roasting a whole chicken with aromatic flavors is an easy way to create a delicious dinner for family or a group of friends on the weekend. This recipe is … [Read more...]

Plantain-Picadillo Empenada Recipe

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This recipe is insanely delicious. Really and truly delicious! (You'll learn I don't hold back when I like something.)  I love Latin flavors and I cooked up a storm for Cinco de Mayo this year.This Picadillo recipe was the hit of the night. And I must say, the sweet plantain "dough" is brilliant!  (Wish that had … [Read more...]

Mango Salsa Recipe

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I wanted to get this recipe to you sooner rather than later.  You see, I'll be sending you to it often because I love it with so many things. Summer's around the corner, mango season has begun, and we must celebrate this amazing tropical fruit!  Mangoes are definitely one of my favorite foods on the planetThis … [Read more...]

Avocado Fries with Agave-Chipotle Yogurt Dip

Avocado Fries with Agave-Chipotle Yogurt Dip

Avocado is one of my favorite foods in the world. Ironically, as a kid I hated it!  And I mean, hid-it-in-my-napkin-under-the-table kind of hate! I'm not sure when exactly my palate accepted it, but I think it was when I was about ten-years-old and a neighbor served me guacamole salted to perfection and full of … [Read more...]