Charred Eggplant – Yes Please!

Charr Grilled eggplant is a great idea for a side dish in lieu of the normal starch side.  Not only is it savory and delicious; it’s also gorgeous gorgeous and a bit healthier than say, your typical mashed potatoes or pasta side.  Love how the chef dressed it up with some carrot top pesto.  And […]

Hummus with Cucumber & Tomatoes

Smitten Kitchen is one of my favorite go-to websites for inspiration on a lazy weekend. This particular recipe of hummus smothered with a summery cucumber-herb-tomato-onion salad looks particularly delicious and perfect for my upcoming Sunday: a late afternoon lunch with friends and a good bottle of white wine I’ve been saving for some time. Recipes like this […]

Blackberry Mojito Recipe (!)

A simple summertime cocktail by the fine folks at Kitchen Swagger – their Blackberry Mojito is delicious and easy peasy.  Or if you live in Santa Barbara then just head over to Tupelo Junction to check out their own Blackberry Mojito at their tasty Happy Hour.

Two Lovely Coconut Mojito Recipes

My book club loves an island style Mojito with fresh mint and lime – but using coconut water in this Coconut Mojito Recipe from The Food Network Kitchen is a genius idea and on my list of summertime cocktails to whip up when friends come over. I also found this recipe which uses Cream of Coconut from a great […]

Food 52’s 50 Best Salads

Food 52 is full of wonderful recipes, but this collection of Their 50 Most PopularSalads is a favorite post. I keep it on my bookmarks bar for inspiration. I first tried the above Thai-inspired dish – Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Lime Coconut Vinaigrette. The range is impressive and not a single recipe is likely something you’ve seen before. Their Crunchy […]

Curried Hummus with Vegetables

  Putting out a healthy & delicious snack before dinner is always appreciated by guests. If you fill up on cheese & crackers (I’m always guilty of this) then it’s harder to enjoy the main event. Veggies with Hummus are yummy but putting this slight twist on it – curry – makes it much more […]

Chilled Melon, Lime, Mint & Chile Salad

This Melon Salad with Chile & Lime at Smitten Kitchen is wonderful for summer (I love the generous use of mint!) and has some surprise ingredients that make it better than average: lime juice, chile flakes & pepitas (!). I just made the classic prosciutto and melon dish and essentially used this recipe but left out the pepitas. […]

Topo Chico Bubble Water – Yum

Epicurious just posted this article on Topo Chico Mineral Water. I’m intrigued by the rave reviews. Bubble water for entertaining and basic summertime sipping is key and a new option would be welcome; plus the bottle is pretty.  La Croix is one of my current favorites but hey – it’s not like we’re going steady. There are also […]

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Pecorino

This shaved Brussel Sprout salad received rave reviews by the editor at Food 52 so naturally, I am trying it this weekend.  It probably takes all of 15 minutes to make and would be wonderful with roasted chicken which is what I’m making tonight.  Like so many hearty greens that are good for us, Brussel Sprouts are […]

Local Events, Calendars & Links

Santa Barbara, Goleta & Wine Country have a lot of events on the horizon so I decided to post a few different calendars in one place for your bookmarking ease. Whenever I take the time to look at the event calendars I’m always happy to be in the know at what is coming up. There […]