Shoko’s Sesame Chicken Salad

A wonderful friend has just come out with her second book and I’m thrilled to be able to share one of the recipes with you. I first met Deb Samuels via email as we shared the same publisher, Tuttle Publishing. We finally got a chance to meet in person and shared a lobster dinner in [...]

Peanut Butter Pie – a Pie for Mikey

Peanut Butter Pie recipe.

Warm Bacon Potato Salad

One of my husband's favorite salads in the world - this Warm Bacon Potato Salad is a showstopper.

Zucchini with Lentils and Roasted Garlic

A recipe for Zucchini with Lentils and Roasted Garlic by author of My Indian Kitchen, Hari Nayak.

Pan Seared Trout with Pecan Browned Butter

Meet my friend, Virginia Willis, former Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart Living Television, award-winning author of Bon Appetit, Y’all and this week celebrating the release of her brand new book, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all. I first met Virginia a couple of years ago at an IACP conference in Portland and I asked her to speak [...]

Roasted Carrots with Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette

On Monday, I celebrated the completion of our brand new raised bed garden that my rockstar husband built for me (and as a bonus, he also made a organized compost heap thingy too. oh yes, this man is definitely a keeper) by planting 48 onion seeds and 48 carrot seeds.  It seemed like a good [...]

Honey Soy Glazed Chicken

This year, I vowed to travel a little less, do a little less to give me more time with the family and building our little farm. That sounds like a great plan UNTIL you get an offer to visit Oregon and Washington wine regions to dine, sip and savor on a press trip courtesy of [...]

Black Pepper Steak

One of my very first blogging friends is Bee from Rasa Malaysia. In the early days of the blog, we used to chat on the phone after my kids went to bed about the technical side of blogging — silly acronyms like SEO, PHP, CSS and HTML. Back then (I say “back then” like it was [...]

Grilled Fish with Citrus Herb Crust

Last week my kitchen got more action than I think it’s ever gotten in its life. The previous owners weren’t big cooks and since we’ve moved in, cooking has mostly been at our outdoor kitchen by the pool. Last week’s occasion was a 5-day visit from Adam and Joanne, a couple who cooks, blogs, commutes and [...]

Kalbi Ribs with Macadamia Nut Rice

Lucy Lean shares a Peter Merriman recipe for Kalbi Ribs with Macadamia Nut Rice from her cookbook, Made in America.

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