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!
We have been lucky enough to get a huge amount of rain this year on the Central Coast of California. It was much needed as we were in a pretty severe drought. So I’m not complaining at all about the weather. But when the skies are gloomy, my go-to meal is some sort of comfort food. One of my all time favorites is a Tuna … Read more Rain in the Forecast signals Comfort Food for me!
Brussels Sprouts are one of the most popular vegetables these days. You find them as starters on many restaurant menus, where most vegetables are relegated to only side dishes. They are very versatile and can be presented in a variety of ways. As a matter of fact, I have quite a collection of brussels sprout recipes on my blog that I will highlight below! Today I have made … Read more How do I Love Brussels Sprouts? Let me Count the Ways!!
I receive the most gorgeous, juicy, sweet and delicious fruit from Talley Farms. The natural beauty in their colors are so amazing that I wanted to make something to show off the contrast and brilliance of it all. I served this dish as a brunch meal and it was nothing short of spectacular! An array of citrus is the central attraction in this incredibly simple … Read more A Fruit Festival from Talley Farms CSA!
Showcasing my third bowl meal for the week, I am posting a recipe from my latest Cookbook Club book, Near & Far. It has an exquisite cover that is embossed with design and is filled with unique natural food recipes inspired from Heidi’s travels around the world and beautifully artful photos. As you can see by my slew of fuscia post-it markings, I really worked … Read more A Tribute to Heidi Swanson’s Cookbook, Near & Far
“Bowls” are my theme this week. A little pop of color goes a long way to make your dish look more enticing. My Salmon, Chard & Polenta Bowl with Basil Yogurt Sauce does just that! A burst of multiple hue’s in each ingredients’ natural pigment make it all the more alluring. It’s fun to create a one bowl meal out of interesting components that all work together and offer the … Read more The Exquisite Color of Food makes it More Enticing!
I hosted a large party last summer and where bowls were the theme of our meal. I enlisted each guest to bring something to put in the bowl and we created a buffet line out of it. It was so easy, so much fun, and everyone raved about it. So I’m revisiting that idea now and I’m loving it! It is a great way to serve an easy meal packed … Read more I’m in Love with Bowls (of food…)!
When you’re looking for a memorable ending to a meal that you want to serve on a special occasion, these Mini Apple Rose Tarts are just the ticket! They are absolutely adorable and not at all difficult to make. You can prep the filling a day ahead, making the assembly and cooking a simple process on the day that you want to serve them. A little dusting of confectioner’s sugar and … Read more The Cutest “Individual Serving” Dessert Ever!