Thanksgiving is the Super bowl of holidays for cooks everywhere.  There is so much planning, shopping, recipe testing, and decorating all for that one meal.  Before we even begin to cook the “big meal” we have the pre game show - appetizers and cocktails to keep everyone happy while you cook a giant bird that ends up tasting well... like turkey. Don't let my football talk fool you into […] Read More

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It's so hard to believe that it's almost Halloween! You know what this means don't you?  It's time to...well... put away your scale.  I've already begun to have conversations with myself about NOT dipping into the trick or treat candy.  The conversations go something like this: "You don't need that, you've had it before, it tastes the same" - and then I eat it anyway - AUGH!   Halloween marks […] Read More

Do you ask yourself,  what's in season? Do you know the difference between availability and seasonality? Have you been to the farmer's market lately? Answering these simple questions can change your direction as a cook and you might even find your food tastes better, much better.  Here in Southern California, because of our Mediterranean climate, the transition from summer to fall is a little slower than most other places […] Read More

Inspiration is a funny thing.  I've heard of bloggers who have weeks of recipes stored up in a queue, that's not me.. I never know what I'm going to blog about until just days before. Inspiration cannot be planned, it just happens when you least expect it, at least that's how it is for me.  I find inspiration in a plate, a piece of fabric, a trip […] Read More

Cinnamon, cloves, apples, squash, caramel corn, pumpkins, stews, chili, sage, rosemary, roasts, braised short ribs and simmering veal stock- the flavors of Fall are intoxicating and nostalgic. I surrendered this week; threw in the white "dish towel" and said goodbye to Summer.  I'm jumping in feet first into the stock pot, and I'm ready for some hearty slow cooked comfort food; bubbling soups and slow braises.  I bought my […] Read More