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Veggie Pasta in Peanut Sauce

15 May

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately.  Different spices, different vegetables, different everything really.  I was really intrigued by the documentary, Forks over Knives (click here for the trailer), and have been trying to incorporate the philosophy – a whole food, plant based diet, in to my meals…at least a few days a week. The removal […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Miso-Shiitake Mushroom Tofu

2 Aug

My husband has been on a mission to take his fitness to the next level, so I’ve been looking at protein packed recipes and for some reason, miso recipes have been grabbing my attention.  So in the spirit of simple and healthy, I whipped up some Miso-Shiitake Mushroom Tofu. {Gina’s Take} I like my tofu with a […]

Stovetop Chicken Tikka Masala

25 Jul

I was really hesitant to make any references to “official” Indian cuisine in the title of this dish as I am no expert in the nuances of Indian cooking.  That said, I love Chicken Tikka Masala – an Indian dish with chunks of chicken, tomato sauce, and enough spices to fill the room.  So, I  stripped down the technique, making a Stovetop […]

One Pot Paella

16 Jul

When your mom brings you back the largest jar of saffron you’ve ever seen in your life from her trip to Turkey, you’d better find a reason to use it.  Now that I’ve made this dish, using a whopping 1/8 tsp of that jar, it looks like I’m going to be eating paella for the […]