Love a Beautiful Detox Salad!

I love a beautiful salad to inspire healthy eating and mix up my usual routine. This one is particularly beautiful and full of gorgeous chopped veggies and nuts. The secret to making uber healthy salads easy to eat and love is to pulse the veggies in the food processor a bit – it breaks down […]

Honey Dijon Chicken Sandwich

One of our most savory sandwiches is this chicken breast sandwich – it’s sliced thinly by Susan on our slicer so it’s super soft – nice touch! We typically put it D’Angelo’s fresh sourdough along with French feta, arugula and a generous drizzle of our honey grain Dijon. Yesterday we tried it on a soft […]

Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce

The Kitchn is a wonderful blog and they had a summer post outlining the best food for the beach. The post is full of great suggestions. One of their recipes for a vegetarian Spicy Lentil Wrap caught my eye and it’s perfect. Wraps need a bit of zing and this one has that. I added a bit of turkey since I […]

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 […]

The Sandbox: My New Co-Working Space

I absolutely enjoyed working at The Sandbox – Santa Barbara’s best co-working space. While I do most of my catering production in my commercial kitchen there is, of course, plenty of paperwork and marketing to keep up on. I often meet with Henry Rosas, a friend, and owner of Common Thread Digital. We plunk ourselves down at a spot […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Chic Pan Bagnat

This delicious veggie yum (recipe here) is full of all of those fresh wonderful marinated things you can pull from your pantry and make in a pinch: artichoke hearts, olives, roasted red peppers, olive oil, spices, vinegar – just add in the fresh herbs and a little lettuce if you wish and you’ll have a […]

Toasted Pecan & Cherry Chicken Salad

My grandma gave me some special tricks when teaching me how to cook. When she made her mashed potatoes she always told me that she added “something sweet and something sour to balance it all out.” I always took this to heart so whenever I cook I always throw in something sweet and something tart, […]

Thai Coconut Rice Salad – Delish!

This Thai Coconut Salad is amazing.  Such wonderful flavors and great on its own or paired with grilled chicken or fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. The cashews add a dash of extra flavor as well as a luxury factor that cashews always lend. It’s filling and chock full of fresh vegetables and herbs.  It’s a staple […]