Pepper-Glazed Goat Cheese Gratin

pepper glazed goat cheese gratin

I remembered at the last minute that I was supposed to take something to a neighborhood gathering this past weekend {oops!}. Thankfully, I had most everything on hand to throw this Pepper-Glazed Goat Cheese Gratin together in about 5 minutes. It baked while I got ready to go.  Continue Reading →

Apple & Pear Pancakes

apple pear pancakes

When someone mentions doing a “cleanse” I think sacrifice, suffering, and counting the days until I can get back to “real food.” So it was a nice surprise when a recent post-vacation “reboot” left us with a stack of recipes that still make regular appearances at the table. In fact, these yummy Apple & Pear Pancakes are on the griddle most every Sunday morning. Continue Reading →

Roasted Salmon with Black Pepper and Ginger on Celery Root Puree

roasted salmon black pepper ginger

On the night we wandered in to the original Spago restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, we were told the wait could be three hours. But it was Spago for crying out loud – we’d wait! Continue Reading →

Coconut Cookies

coconut cookies

If you remember the scene in Castaway where Tom Hanks first attempts to open a fresh coconut, you’ll get an idea of how much I went through to bring you these Coconut Cookies! {Don’t worry, the recipe doesn’t require you to do this!}

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Fig Spread

Fig Spread

I nearly knocked a lady over in the produce section the other day when I saw a display of fresh figs and made an abrupt U-turn with my cart. Continue Reading →

Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Smoked Almonds

chicken salad sandwiches with smoked almonds

Who knew a chicken salad sandwich could bring out the rudeness in me AND turn me in to a temporary stalker?! In my defense, it wasn’t just ANY chicken salad sandwich, it was a Chicken Salad Sandwich with Smoked Almonds…

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Pea Bruschetta with Lemon & Mint

pea bruschetta with lemon and mint

My friend Elaine isn’t in town that often, but when she is, we do our darndest to schedule lunch, as well dinner with our boys. A new restaurant opened in the cute little nearby suburb of Excelsior recently, and it sounded like a perfect place for a summer al fresco dinner with our dear friends. And when I checked out the menu beforehand, I knew I’d be ordering their Pea Bruschetta appetizer. Continue Reading →

Watermelon Keg

watermelon keg

Who knew that you could easily impress your friends with a watermelon, a knife and  $6 spigot?  Continue Reading →