Chicken Pasta Primavera

19 Jun

Since springtime is upon us, I wanted to capture some of the seasonal goodness that is available either in your garden, or for us city folk, in the organic section of the produce department.  So, this week, I opted for pasta, filled and tossed with tons of veggie goodness.  The backbone of the pasta primavera, by definition, […]

{Pretty Personal} ~ Discovering the D.O. Wines of La Mancha with SurfAndSunshine

13 Jun

Wine Tasting?  Swanky Hotel?  Delicious restaurant?  No, I couldn’t find a single thing wrong with the offer I got this week from Jeana, who runs the blog SurfAndSunshine. I was flattered to be asked to do some food and wine journalism {is that really the right word for drinking at noon?} on her behalf, so […]

Tropical Granola

30 May

My work-life balance has been seriously challenged over the past 6 months, so I decided I needed to reset, and on a whim thanks to a $400 drop in flight prices, I decided to crash my parents trip to the Philippines.   When I informed my coworker, originally from Manila, who was covering for me while […]

Pretty Personal: Fancy Bowls

10 May

I know…it’s been a while…work…life…travel…and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down, but I do have some recipes in the queue ready to go when I get back from my next adventure.  Speaking of adventures, I’ll share most of that when I return or you can follow my instagram feed. But, before I hit the road, I […]

Frosted Mint Chocolate Brownies

8 Mar

There are some fun things happening around here this week.  On a personal note, the in-laws are in town, so I get to hear fun stories about my husband that he pretends to have forgotten…{ha!}.  From what I can tell, they are happy to escape the MI winter to our sunny CA weather. On the Pretty […]

Roasted Chicken Orzo Salad

21 Feb

Yet another week in Vegas for a conference, followed by a sweet wedding on Valentine’s Day, and another resulting cold from the hectic schedule.  Lucky for me, I only have one more work week in Vegas this year, but I’m looking forward to the 2 month break between now and then…as is my immunity.  Doesn’t […]

Couscous Chicken

1 Feb

I’ve been watching the chaos on the news in the southern US, seeing friends’ instagram feeds, and my heart really goes out to the folks impacted.  My inlaws in MI have reported school cancellations and -40F with the windchill temps.  Here in L.A…well, we escape most of the winter calamities, minus a drought, so we’re […]

Coconut Curry Risotto

26 Jan

I finally feel like a human again…I spent all last week sleeping 10-12 hour nights due to some crazy bug I picked up while attending CES.  Thankfully that’s out of the way, so I rolled up my sleeves and had a cooking extravaganza starting with this dish. Truth be told – I started this post […]

Pretty Under the Weather

13 Jan

As I mentioned in my last post, this week I went to CES.  As to be expected – it was a whirlwind…it was filled with keynotes, press events, and tech stuff on one hand…and DJ sets by Lil Jon and somehow finding myself being filmed and syndicated before 7am by NBC…no coffee…no early notification.  No do-overs are […]

Baked Chicken & Squash with Parmesan Farro

3 Jan

When my husband talks about his Michigan relatives this time of year – I hear the words, “they are on shut down.”  Ditto for many of our local friends as they work as either educators or in the aerospace industry.  It’s this magical time where they don’t have to work the last two weeks of […]