Sprouting Mung Beans

16 Mar

Mung beans.  I mean, when you say it out loud, they sound uninspired at best.  Definitely not something I’ve ever heard anyone say they are craving late at night.  But, if you’ve never tried them, they are actually a pretty versatile legume that can be used in everything from stews to desserts.  If you are wondering […]

Pink Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin

29 Dec

Between a broken oven – which took 8 weeks to get parts – and a gnarly triple duty work schedule, posts have been sparse, but I’ve kept the kitchen filled with aromatic goodness. As I had a 4-day weekend and a working stove, I’ve been on overdrive – prepping and freezing my grandmother’s pasta sauce […]

Cedar Plank Salmon

23 Nov

I’m always up for a good remodel event, so when I was invited to cover the El Segundo McCormick & Schmick’s unveiling party, conveniently located between my office and home, I was on board.  I’ve spent many a happy hour at McCormick & Schmick’s, so it was a real treat to get to spend some […]

Apple Cinnamon Cider Pancakes

28 Oct

My husband and I got married 4 years ago in one of California’s wine regions and as this month was our anniversary, we wanted to get out of town.  Because we’ve hit the wineries many times over the course of our 10 year stint in CA, we thought we’d be consistent in the theme with orchards….same idea, […]

Cheesy Squash Risotto

8 Oct

Even though Los Angeles generally lacks most real seasons, we’re really bucking the trend this year with the Santa Ana winds and 90+F temperatures over the past couple of weeks. Regardless of what was going on outside, I have been determined to bring at least the smell of Fall in to our home.  So do […]

What’s the Dish at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

23 Sep

I recently traveled to the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove {hotel review here!} and was fortunate enough to get some time with the Director of Food and Beverage, Paul Maddison.  And when someone really likes what they do, you can tell…and you could definitely see that in Paul. I met Paul in the Trinitas Wine Bar, stocked with […]

Sweet and Savory Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

13 Sep

I think it’s a fair assumption that if something tastes delicious and requires very little work, it’s an all around win-win.  That’s what this dish is – smearing on a rub, a little grill action, and serving with some fresh rosemary, goat cheese, and honey…delicious!  And, though I rarely eat pork, my husband has a, “That time we […]

Spiked Shrimp Pasta

30 Aug

Life has so many funny coincidences if you are looking for them.  Last Sunday, I prepared and photographed a Spiked Shrimp Pasta dish {read:  Vodka Sauce} to blog about this week and then I rolled in to my Monday yoga class and the instructor cued us something to the tune of, “Open your hips like you’re opening a […]

Sweet Miso Marinated Sea Bass + Giveaway

17 Aug

My husband is a pretty cool guy, and as it turns out, a pretty cool boss too.  Why you ask?  Well, a vendor of his offered up an all expenses paid  trip to Alaska to go deep sea fishing and instead of saying, “Heck yeah, sigh me up!” {like I would have}, he paid it forward […]

Mud Hen Tavern Dining at the Kia K900 Test Drive Experience Event

6 Aug

I’ve never driven a Kia and truthfully, other than seeing the funky Kia Soul’s around town and hearing that they were a, “high value car,” {aka:  good bang for the buck}, I didn’t really know much about them.  So when the invite from Kia Motors American and OpenTable hit my inbox, I considered the event my formal […]