Southern California grows an amazing selection of summer fruits. I love them all, but the nectarine is currently my favorite. They are a no-fuss succulent fruit that can quickly star in your summertime sweet or savory creations. Continue Reading →
I love picnics. It is that time of the year when we move our feasts to the great outdoors. One of my favorite picnic items is marinated olives. They are easy to season and bursting with flavor.
Great ingredients are key to any recipe, and olives are no exception. For today’s recipe I prefer Spanish green olives, also known as Manzanillas, which translates as ‘little apples’. They have firm textured meat with a delicate almond flavor and are slightly smoky in taste. Continue Reading →
Warmer weather is finally approaching and with it comes delightful spring vegetables. One of my favorites is asparagus: it’s stylish, bright and addictive.
There are so many simple ways to cook asparagus, and today’s recipe won’t heat up your kitchen or take much of your time. It is also perfect for a picnic or potluck as it travels well.
I took this delectable “Raw Asparagus Salad with Shallots, Pine Nuts & Cheese” to my monthly LA Food Blogger’s Meet-Up. This month’s theme was salads, and what a fabulous array of spring inspired dishes we had. Here are just a few.
If you haven’t tried a posset, I encourage you to try this easy dessert that has an incredible WOW factor built in. I usually put all of my energy into appetizers and the main course when I entertain, which means I usually find myself “spent” by the time it comes to dessert. So when I find a recipe that I can make in advance with minimal effort that commands rave reviews from my guests, I call that recipe a keeper. And that is exactly what this recipe is for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as my company does. Continue Reading →
In honor of National Animal Cracker Day (April 18th) I decided to use creative license to craft a recipe from one of my favorite childhood classic songs, “Animal Crackers in My Soup” sung by Shirley Temple in the 1935 film Curly Top.
If this movie was before our time, most of us remember the Barnum animal crackers from our childhood, which are alive and well, with 40 million circus train boxes sold each year. Long gone are the days that a box sold for just 5 cents back in 1902. Today a box costs around $1.25. Continue Reading →