I sincerely apologize to my blog readers as I have been otherwise occupied much of the time lately. Over the last several months I have been volunteering my time helping to run a local restaurant out at Lake Nacimiento. It has been quite an undertaking scooping up most of my extra time and energy! Hence my lack of authorship as of late for my personal … Read more Where Have I Been Lately?
This was not my first rodeo…so to speak. I had previously been a fan of Binkley’s Restaurant in Cave Creek, AZ. When I heard he had opened a new venue in Phoenix, I thought it was certainly worth a visit. The setting for this restaurant is intimate and inviting. Due to the time of season, we were unable to begin the meal in their garden … Read more The Ultimate Foodie Dining Experience in Phoenix, AZ!
I often find myself craving some type of soup. I find it to be one of the most soothing, comforting things to eat. I tend to make soups more often in the fall and wintertime when the ambiance of a bowl of a steaming hot soup seems most tantalizing. This time I decided that a nice piece of fish cooked in a flavorful broth along … Read more Healthy Comfort Food is the Best!
One of the easiest and best ways to eat a whole artichoke is to steam it and serve it up with your favorite dipping sauce. There is very little prep needed to get artichokes ready to cook. I rinse them thoroughly running the water in and around all of the leaves to ensure I loosen up any dirt or critters that may be lurking beneath! … Read more Artichokes at their Best!
A friend of mine just returned from travels and was remarking about how she had this wonderful dish of orange slices at a restaurant that was remarkably simple but full of flavor. It was served quite simply with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of seasoning. Knowing that I had some magnificent Talley Farms CSA citrus in my produce drawer, I decided to experiment. The … Read more Simple, but Exquisite!
It’s Cookbook Club time again and this time I am making a recipe from two of my favorite bloggers/cookbook writers from The Kitchn Cookbook. It is an easy to follow cookbook with great every day recipes. The recipe I selected is for an adaptation of Mujaddara, which is a popular dish in the Middle East, and is generally made using brown or green lentils and rice, that is seasoned with cumin. It is … Read more And You Thought Vegetarian Dishes were Boring?
I’m pretty sure you already know that basil is not the only main ingredient that can be used to make pesto. In my blog, I have recipes for pesto with kale (kale sage pesto), fennel (fennel frond pesto), broccoli (broccoli pesto) and fresh peas (spring pea pesto) to name a few. I even have another recipe for spinach pesto that is an alternative to this dish. Pesto’s are a wonderfully fresh … Read more A Departure from Basil Pesto is Improved with Fresh Spinach!
We tried out a new restaurant for our first night out in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this year. I read some nice reviews and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed at all. Family owned; we were warmly greeted at the door and immediately seated at our reserved table. Abuelo, who was our waiter, couldn’t have been kinder or more accommodating. The dining room … Read more Adding “Maria Jimenez Restaurante Mexicano” to the Rotation!
Fennel is such an interesting vegetable. It has a pale bulb and long green stalks. Fennel can be grown almost anywhere. It has a licorice-like flavor and is a vegetable that you can use each and every part of. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible! Fennel has been used in natural remedies since ancient times as it’s nutrients are linked to a range of health benefits. In … Read more 3 Ways to use Fennel in One Dish!
It’s springtime and asparagus is ready to harvest! I often eat asparagus simply roasted or grilled with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. It is absolutely delicious that way and simple to prepare. However, today I wanted to make something different, so I am baking it in risotto topped with crispy chicken thighs. This Roast Lemon Chicken and Asparagus Risotto is simple to … Read more Easy Spring “One Pot Meal” you can make in Under an Hour!