A holiday tradition in my home growing up was making little danish stuffed doughnuts called Aeblekivers with my German grandmother. The smell of these yeast doughnuts are intoxicating and are so delicious warm out of the pan. Stuff with whatever jam or jelly you would like!
Cobbler, Crisp, or Crumble? What’s the difference, anyway? All three are typically desserts with a filling consisting primarily of baked fruit; but what distinguishes them is the topping. Read more to find the recipe!
Healthy comfort food. Sounds impossible, right? Getting creative with ingredients is a great way to adapt any recipe to create something that is delicious, satisfying, and nutritious. I love taking classic dishes and using lots of fresh herbs and vegetables to add more flavor. This Zucchini Lasagna is an excellent example of that, and also happens to be paleo, gluten-free, and vegan!
This has always been one of my favorite vegan dishes to make for potlucks as it’s a great plant-based dish everyone will like. Being from Southern California ceviche is a dish that makes me think of sitting outside in the heat and enjoying a nice cooling dish. Hearts of palm is a very sustainable product and has a great salinity like fish. Enjoy this dish with crispy tortilla chips, sliced cucumber, sliced jicama, or just by itself! Feel free to add other veggies or spice up with your favorite hot sauce. This is a very versatile dish, and many items can be substituted.
I love fall. Who doesn't appreciate a new season and even in southern California, where the change may be subtle, I notice a slight coolness and a inimitable fragrance in the air at night. Maybe it's the eucalyptus blowing in the warm Santa Ana winds that get me. In regards to all things culinary, it's exciting to welcome the beautiful fruits of the fall. Winter squash can be so versatile from utilizing in lasagnas to tacos, it's perfect for a vegetarian/vegan palate, and can even satisfy the carnivore with some varieties having a meaty texture.
Shakshuka is the breakfast your day is missing! It's dairy-free, grain-free and fully customizable to your tastes. Here's the perfect started recipe and then let your culinary intuition take over.
Are you afraid to cook fish? I hear people say that a lot. It's not that difficult. When purchasing fish, make sure it's fresh and I suggest cooking it the same day as you purchase. This dish is a favorite of mine. Halibut is an easy fish to cook, it can get pricey so any firm white fish will do. I sear the filet in a hot pan to obtain a nice crust and finish it off in the oven. The sauce is a staple in my kitchen as it is very versatile. The tomatoes cook down to a saucey almost melted consistency and the more garlic the better. It's great for pasta and you can add anything to it, herbs, olives, capers are great too. I've even used it as a spread for sandwiches!! So, Don't let cooking fish intimidate you. Give it a try and impress your friends.
Here are my quick easy and healthy recipes I’m making today:
I love the aromatics that come off of the herbs I chop on my board!
I’m a little weird..as much as I love the smell of fresh basil, I don’t like the taste of it.. ☹
As summer is now in full swing and we can start to gather with friends and family again, it is time for lighter meals that are bright, vibrant, flavorful and pair with a nice white wine. This dish is one of my favorites because it is so easy to prepare even for a large group of 6 or 8, because it has essentially 3 components and it also allows you to feature great summer produce like squash. In this recipe I used bone in skin on chicken breast because the hard seard, crackling skin on chicken gives such a nice roasted flavor and leaves them meat tender and unctuous without adding a lot of unneeded butter or oil. For the Pesto I love to use Pine nuts or Pingole’s because they are so buttery and smooth when roasted and then pureed, which makes for a great texture to the sauce.
Thai cuisine has always been a go to of mine when it comes to explosions of flavor, from the shear depth and overwhelming umami flavors of Shrimp paste paired with the uplifting floral notes of lemon grass or the insane saltiness and incredibly pungent aroma of fish sauce paired with Thai basil and coconut. These flavors represent just a handful of the incredible array of spices and herbs Thai cuisine has to offer.
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