Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Meatloaf during chilly weather always pleases a crowd. For special clients who regularly order lunch for large groups we create individual little meatloaf portions and wrap them in bacon for extra love. Glazed with a tomato/cider vinegar/brown sugar sauce, these little guys are insanely popular and delicious. We serve them with smashed potatoes and a […]

Mom’s Cranberry Sauce

My mom’s cranberry sauce is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving.  It’s also unique – no stovetop cooking necessary. You just pulse fresh cranberries, oranges & sugar in a food processor and it’s wonderful & melded the next day.  Lately we’ve been pairing it with Tillamook cheddar & turkey on D’Angelo’s whole wheat to celebrate […]

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 […]

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 […]

Charred Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Oranges

This delish chicken recipe from Bon Appetit checks a lot of boxes – delicious, beautiful, colorful, perfect for a Fall weeknight dinner and perhaps impressive enough for company. The recipe has that double whammy of salty (olives & feta) and sweet (oranges & sweet potatoes) working for it. It’s the perfect thing to surprise your mate […]

Tip for Roasted Veggies

Pure Wow offers up a great tip for adding immense flavor to your roasted veggie pan. You just drizzle some white vinegar for extra *pop* on them prior to roasting and watch the flavor intensify in the pan. It’s a great tip; I’ve seen balsamic vinegar used occasionally but the beautiful thing about the white […]

Salmon & Farro Grain Bowl

  Bon Appetit has a great new batch of recipes that highlight “no recipe cooking” wherein they just briefly describe how to throw something together. It’s wonderful for just getting into the confident mindset of cooking without a recipe and using your best instincts to create a wonderful dish. Buddha bowls are a great way […]

18 One-Skillet Meal Recipes

  I love an easy dinner and less dishwashing makes me even happier. The Kitchn published a post on their readers’ 18 favorite one skillet meals and they all look pretty delish. I love this simple Chicken & Bean skillet, above – it looks like a simple perfect dinner. And with the kind of leftovers I […]

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.