Thinking Outside the Box; A Breakfast Salad

You’ve heard of breakfast food for dinner so why not change things up and make a salad for breakfast! Every year I try my hand at a small garden attempting to grow a variety of heirloom tomatoes. This year I was determined to make it a success and even attended a Tomato Masters Program seeking out additional gardening advice. Everything began quite nicely as I followed the lessons to … Read more Thinking Outside the Box; A Breakfast Salad

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The Simpler you Make it, the Better it Gets!

Do you have a produce drawer filled with veggies and not a clue what to do with them? Don’t fret – I’ve come to the rescue! We were planning to head out of town and I didn’t want to leave my wonderful vegetables to rot in our absence. With an invite to a neighborhood party on our agenda, I knew just what to do. A … Read more The Simpler you Make it, the Better it Gets!

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“Catch” some Fabulous Food at a new Restaurant in Paso Robles

There’s a new restaurant in Paso serving a beautiful array of fish and seafood dishes as well as several grilled meat items. The chef, Chico Mora, isn’t new to Paso as he previously owned the space next door, named Chico’s Cafe. He created a wonderful space at his new restaurant, “The Catch“, by designing a large dining bar facing an open kitchen right in the … Read more “Catch” some Fabulous Food at a new Restaurant in Paso Robles

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Farm to Table goes Asian!

There are so many wonderful ways to combine natures plenty into scrumptious dishes! With my amazing Talley Farms CSA produce offering lots of goodies like Snap Peas, Red Sweet Onions, Brussels Sprouts and Sunburst Summer Squash, I decided to go Asian. I paired up a thick, hearty sirloin steak and all of the veggies and  created some grilled Teriyaki Madness! A simple marinade of soy sauce and … Read more Farm to Table goes Asian!

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Ponzu and Fresh Ahi Tuna create this Terrific Starter!

Ponzu is a citrus based sauce commonly used in Japanese cooking. It is a perfect compliment to seared fresh Ahi Tuna. I used this combination to make Ponzu Ahi Tuna Martini’s! I really liked the recipe that I found for ponzu sauce in The Lemonade Cookbook. What made it unique and bursting with flavor was that they blended whole oranges in the sauce including the skin, … Read more Ponzu and Fresh Ahi Tuna create this Terrific Starter!

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A Cool Appetizer for your next Party!

Want to serve something healthy and refreshing at your next get together? Here is a super cool idea! This recipe is so simple and presents beautifully. You can prep it ahead and plate it just before your guests arrive. It is healthy and low in calories so it won’t have your guests leaving feeling overstuffed! Salmon Sashimi Spoons! Purchase sushi grade salmon at your local … Read more A Cool Appetizer for your next Party!

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A Modern Twist to the Intoxicating Flavors of Morocco

Looking for inspiration for my upcoming Moroccan themed party, I booked us for dinner at Mourad Lahlou’s restaurant; Mourad in San Francisco. A native of Marrakesh, Mourad opened his first San Francisco restaurant called Aziza, earning him a Michelin star. His newest restaurant, Mourad is a modern interpretation of a cuisine deeply rooted in the past. Their food showcases the rich and vibrant flavors of Morocco with a modern twist … Read more A Modern Twist to the Intoxicating Flavors of Morocco

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Fruit isn’t only for Breakfast and Dessert!

  I received the most amazing apricots in my Talley Farms CSA box! They are a perfect combination of tart & sweet. Left on the counter to ripen for only a day, they became tender yet not mushy – the perfect texture! Being my creative self, I wanted to do something different than just snacking on them or cooking them in a tart or pie. So … Read more Fruit isn’t only for Breakfast and Dessert!

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Carbs that are Good for You!

Not all carbs are bad for you.  If you want to get the most from your workouts and train at your peak, quality fuel is critical. Carbohydrates are your body’s preferred fuel source. In addition the need for carbohydrates is not limited to the body. Glucose from carbohydrates is the fuel the brain uses to produce the energy that moves and motivates you.  According to Dr. Carol … Read more Carbs that are Good for You!

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Keeping it Simple!

I have been so busy lately with events and travel that I have been trying to keep things simple in the kitchen. What I have found is that it can be very rewarding to make uncomplicated dishes with minimal effort when they still taste awesome! I’ve been perusing through “The Lemonade Cookbook” lately and have adapted several of their recipes that have turned out quite well. A … Read more Keeping it Simple!

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