Cooking Archive

  • Braised Lamb Shanks with Polenta

    A warm and comforting meal, perfect for winter

    Vegan Morning Glory Muffins

    Vegan muffins that are light yet filling

    Roasted Brussel Sprouts

    Beautiful and tasty roasted brussel sprouts

    Delicious Roast Chicken

    The only roast chicken recipe you will ever need


    Tamales: a holiday labor of love

    It’s Soup Time

    Two soul-satisfying soups

    Changing It Up

    Without fear of criticism, I try something new

    Apple Crisp

    The perfect dessert for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Potato Gratin

    Find out what makes this uniquely delicious

    Wet vs. Dry Brining

    Learn about the magic of brining

    An Ottolenghi Feast

    Lauren and I are both enamored with Yotam Ottolenghi. A chef that has revolutionized the way vegetables are cooked and presented. His recipes are inspired by his Middle Eastern heritage and incorporates many spices and ingredients found in that part of the world. He has become a prolific cookbook author since his first publication of […]

    Halloween Cupcakes

    I had so much fun making these kooky cupcakes for Halloween. The recipes are based on Martha Stewart vanilla cupcake and buttercream recipes. Have fun! 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2 1/4 t baking powder 1 1/4 t salt 2 1/4 sticks softened unsalted butter 2 1/4 cups sugar 6 large eggs 1 3/4 […]

    Spicy Pumpkin Loaves

    When Halloween gets close, it reminds me every year to make my favorite pumpkin bread. This is a recipe I have tweaked over many years to get just right. It’s moist and delicious with spice and sweetness that screams “FALL IS HERE!” I make many mini-loaves to share with friends and family and it’s a […]

    Crispy Pulled Pork

    Last week I was digging through my overflow freezer and came across a Pork Shoulder that was about 3 1/2 lbs. and I started doing some research for a recipe. When I was opening my e-mails that morning, I remembered a recipe I had seen from my Food 52 daily feed about the 10 Roasts […]

    Yeasted Pear Upside Down Cake

    Our recent purchase of a little yellow house on one acre of land in Lone Pine, netted us with an Apple tree and a Pear tree. The last time I visited Lone Pine, I picked a bushel of ripe Pears and wondered what to do with them. Since Family Night was coming up, I decided to […]

    Oven Roasted Kalua-Style Pig

    As summer fades, here is a great outdoor style main dish to plan a barbecue around. Inspired by a Hawaiian luau and created by Hawaiian chef Sam Choy, it takes some time but not much effort. 5 pound boneless pork shoulder/butt roast 2 1/2 T Hawaiian sea salt or coarse sea salt 3 frozen banana […]

    High Protein Muffins

    I don’t really know if these are “high protein” (although a number of the ingredients are) but I do know that they are absolutely delicious. The beauty in a recipe like this is that you can switch some of the ingredients out for things you prefer or may have in your pantry, and still get […]

    Chocolate Beet Cake

    I was intrigued when I saw a recipe on my weekly feed from Food 52 for Chocolate Cake with Beets which is a sophisticated version of Red Velvet Cake. It is a recipe from Nigel Slater who has written a couple of cookbooks featuring creative ways to use vegetables. I eat dark chocolate almost everyday […]

    Cracker Thin Crust Pizza

    I am always experimenting with making Pizza dough. My husband is a big fan of Roman style cracker thin dough while I like mine thin but toothsome more Neapolitan style. We built a Pizza Oven in our outdoor living space at our Beach house and love to invite people over for a day of Pizza […]

    Vietnamese Spring Rolls

    I love this dish and had it as often as I could on my recent trip to Vietnam. It’s delicious, of course, but also easy, healthy, light and versatile. This recipe is a version I created from a little research and experimentation. I think these are especially suited for summer and spring, but I will […]

    Southwestern Grilled Chicken

    This chicken recipe has been in my summer repertoire for years. Tweaked from the original that was handed down from somewhere, it is universally loved. Easy but not ordinary, try this recipe on your grill before the summer fades. 2 medium tomatoes, quartered 2 cups chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper 4 garlic […]

    Creamy Spaghetti Squash

      It was after having lunch with some former colleagues at Baco Mercat in downtown L.A., that I first had this dish. It was so delicious I became obsessed with recreating it at home. I tried to analyze what the ingredients were based on the description in their menu and then improvised by adding other […]

    Vegetable Lasagne

    I am always looking for something large and hearty for family night when my kids and others come over for dinner with their respective families so we can see each other and catch up. Since everyone is on somewhat of a health kick, I decided to make a vegetable lasagne. I am a big follower […]

    Grilled Potato and Onion Packages

    I have been making this fabulous summer dish for years and everyone loves it. It originates from a magazine recipe I found somewhere but I tweak it for whatever herbs I have around. 2/3 cup olive oil 1 T dijon mustard 2 T fresh thyme (or 1 T dried) or rosemary, tarragon, parsley, chives …. […]

    Tuscan Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

    A good friend of mine brought this dish over during one of our family dinners and I loved it. It’s so easy, perfect for summer and I tweaked the recipe slightly to suit our tastes. Enjoy! 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 T fresh Italian parsley, chopped (or other herbs) 1/2 t thyme 1 t kosher […]

    5 Things I Like To Freeze

      I love to freeze food to prolong their shelf life.   My husband is always complaining that my freezers that I just keep adding to the freezer rather than take stuff out.   I don’t really buy a lot of frozen food and I have recently stopped buying a lot of meat or fish […]

    Sweet Spiced Pecans

    Whenever I want to make a quick snack for company that goes well with wine, beer or soft drinks, I make these nuts. I also make them for the holidays and give them as gifts.  Everyone loves them. Sweet Spiced Pecans INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 3/4 teaspoons black pepper 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper […]

    Un-Fried Chicken

    It’s summertime and some of America’s favorite pastimes are BBQ’s and picnics. And the comfort food that is synonymous with these activities plays such an important role. The only problem is: much of it is really, really unhealthy. So, do we indulge and feel guilty and unhealthy? Or do we deprive ourselves and miss out […]

    Macaroni Salad

    I continue to look for summer comfort foods that I can modify or create to enjoy without the guilt or deprivation. As a Hawaiian by birth, we love our macaroni salad (along with 2 scoops of rice and many other delicious food items). Here is my take on macaroni salad without the guilt! Macaroni Salad […]

    Sholeh’s Persian Eggplant Stew

        A week ago my husband and I were invited to a friend’s house for a Persian dinner party.  My friend Sholeh is an intuitive cook who rarely uses a recipe.  She made two main dishes and a couple of different Persian rice dishes.  This eggplant stew was fantastic and beautiful to look at.  […]

    Corn Dip with Tomatoes and Basil

    I was at a potluck affair this weekend when I ate this dip.  There were about 4 of us standing around the dip & chip bowl trying to discern what was in it.  We tasted something sweet and something citrusy but none of us could identify what it was.  I asked the person who brought […]

    Homemade Ice Cream

    I LOVE to make homemade ice cream! I don’t know how this passion started, but once hooked – I rarely buy ice cream in a carton. No additives or ingredients that I can’t pronounce! Just a simple few ingredients and a love for the process, and you can have homemade ice cream, too. A common […]

    Lemon Meringue Pie

    It’s family dinner night and another occasion for dessert. I made a Lemon Meringue Pie from a recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen. One of the problems I have had in the past with this pie is weeping meringue. When I cut into it, I usually have a sloppy mess from the meringue that somehow […]

    NOT Your Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

    New Recipes
    NOT Your Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies Posted in New Recipes on 11/12/12

    Make Ahead Grains

      Here is a technique that I have been using lately to incorporate more whole grains into my family’s diet: I cook a variety of whole grains that I have on hand over the weekend, simply and plainly with water and a touch of salt. Then I store them in the refrigerator in a covered […]

    What To Drink With What You Eat

    Here’s what I made for dinner the other night: gnocchi with homemade pesto. Now I must be honest – I did not make the gnocchi (DeCeccho). But I did make the homemade pesto – and it was fantastic! The dish was delicious, however the dilemma … what do you serve it with? This is an […]

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