Smoky Red Lentil “Hummus” Recipe

Smoky Red Lentil Chipotle Hummus -- This is an earthy dip full of warm flavors. Perfect for fall!

Creamy, rich and smooth like hummus, this dip is full of earthy, warm flavors and is perfect for fall.Where I live in Los Angeles -- the Santa Monica mountains are on one side of me and the ocean is on the other.  I know I'm fortunate to be surrounded by all of this beauty.  Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Smoky Poblano Enchilada Sauce and Pasta Para Duros

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Cinco de Mayo recipes are here, there and everywhere at the moment.  And frankly, there can never be too many recipes for this delicious holiday.I love creating sauce recipes using different chile varieties, and the smoky flavor of the dried poblanos makes this recipe incredibly delicious!  Now I'll switch off … [Read more...]

How to Make Perfect Crispy Oven-Roasted French Fries: A Photographic Guide

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Do you love French fries?  Me too.Wanna make them today?  Me too.Yet, do you want to make a big pot of oil super hot and risk making a big greasy mess?  Me neither!Not only are oven roasted French fries mess-free, they're also very easy to make and they're absolutely just as delicious as those dunked in … [Read more...]

Ginger-Carrot Soba Noodles


Are “spiralized” vegetables to the food world what “bedazzled” shirts are to the clothing world? The word “bedazzle” is funny.  Right?  Are you with me?   And then there’s the “bedazzler” (yes, this makes me giggle, too) — which you need if you’re to bedazzle anything! Still a little funny to me, though not quite as … [Read more...]

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Soup Recipe

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There's Cream of Mushroom Soup and then there's Creamy Mushroom Soup.Both are delicious, but the Creamy Mushroom Soup is made sans cream -- though you'd never know it.  Never.The super creamy texture comes from the puréeing process, which is best achieved in a powerful blender.  This, plus the earthy flavor of … [Read more...]

Chile-Lemon Roasted Purple Sweet Potato French Fries

Chile-Lemon Roasted Purple Sweet Potato Fries |

I love strolling through a Farmer's Market or the produce section in stores to see all of the stunning colors.  Everything from broccoli and mangoes to Dragon fruit and apples -- and there are so many gorgeous shades of purple! A couple of years ago I was introduced to -- and proceeded to fall in love with -- the … [Read more...]

Herbs de Provence Roasted Carrots

Herbs de Provence Roasted Carrots |

Does anyone you live with you often buy food you already have, not having looked around (including behind things) before shopping? I'm not going to name names, but suffice it to say it's not my boys (8 & 10 years-old), and clearly not the dog, so . . . . I love you, honey. This is why I found 5 (1-pound) bags of … [Read more...]

Spicy Quick Pickled Broccoli

Spicy Quick Pickled Broccoli | cookingontheweekends

I loved family dinner parties at my grandparents' house.My perception as a little girl, was that my grandparents were fancy.No matter what the occasion, Christmas Eve or a typical weekend evening, the table was set much like that in the upstairs dining room in Downton Abbey. Okay, so my grandparents didn't use … [Read more...]

Garlicky Coconut Gai Lan Recipe

Garlicky Coconut Gai Lan |

Gai Lan is Chinese Kale, commonly called Chinese Broccoli.  And the flavor reflects those names perfectly -- slightly bitter like kale and slightly sweet like broccoli.At the Katie Chin book signing at Melissa's produce, I was given a beautiful bundle of Gai Lan and immediately pictured it in a sauté pan, sizzling … [Read more...]

Summer Hors d’Oeuvre Recipe: Minty Lime Granita Strawberry Cups

Summer Hors d'Oeuvre Recipe: Minty Lime Granita Strawberry Cups |

Delicious, pretty, refreshing and incredibly fun!  This is quite possibly the best summer hors d'oeuvre your guests will have ever had!  (In my humble opinion, of course.)If you choose to add the vodka, it's like a sweet, edible cocktail. So cool. … [Read more...]