Blog 2017-03-28T22:18:51+00:00

Challenges of Owning a Business pt. 2

This is the second (and final) post about the challenge of owning a business. Please read the first post here Beginning a business is long hours and hard work. There is also a lot of advice out there, but this advice is what I wish I had paid more attention to. Network. When I first began my company, I set up meetings almost daily. These meetings were for me to know who was in the [...]

Easy Rice Pilaf

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If [...]

Avoiding Hidden Corn Ingredients

After I got diagnosed with food allergies, Celiac Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I enrolled in a certificate program for nutrition and health to learn how to eat and understand what is happening in my body. This was also around the time that I discovered that I am not alone; many people are affected by the food that we consume. One of the largest hidden components of the food we eat is corn--something that [...]

The Challenge of Owning a Company + Groundnut Sauce

This is the first of a two part blog series. Do you have a hard time figuring out who you are or what defines you? I do. I think we all do. I am a person who believes in sustainability, but I will buy a plastic food container. I try to eat locally, but sometimes I crave mangoes. The challenge of balancing all of my feeling plagues me daily. One of the largest challenges I [...]

Elizabeth and Ashley’s Herb Tips + Tricks

No matter where in the country you are, the days are getting warmer. Here, in Pasadena we had temperatures in the 90s last week! Naturally, our minds turn toward making fresh and light foods in the springtime, particularly with fresh herbs. Ashley and I have small containers of herbs that we grow year round, so naturally the herbs act as a complement in our cooking. Below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to [...]

Domenica Restaurant: Where Community Happens Around Food

In the Spring of 2012 two friends and I were traveling to rural Georgia for a wedding. To save money, we decided to do a partial roadtrip. Liz and I, were going to fly to Austin and meet up with Megan, then drive the rest of the way. I took an earlier flight than Liz because she flying standby. So when she couldn't get a flight out of Southern California into Austin, we told her [...]

Wendell Berry is One of My Favorites + Sweet Potato Tartelette

One of my favorite author-poet-farmers is agrarian writer Wendell Berry. He addresses food growth and production with a prophetic voice that denounces consumerism and commodification of food. Instead of treating what we eat as just another consumer good that can be used or wasted as we please, he urges readers step back and look at the larger picture. In his zoomed out perspective, the health and particularity of land and communities is the basis for [...]

Finding Food Tradition

  Tradition, even those involving food, eluded my family of origin. Our religious community shunned rituals, holidays and feast days. My family abandoned the most benign practices—although their absence may be best explained by busyness rather than piety. One notable exception, limiting food consumption to instances wherein no more than two of five family members occupied the same room, became a de facto tradition. As tradition in the “traditional” sense infrequently occurred but repetition and [...]

Food On Level Ground

*disclaimer: This piece is an opinion piece and has a different of a format than most of our pieces. There is a recipe below. This butternut squash recipe can be found after the article. I spent the afternoon talking with the Executive Director of Level Ground, Samantha Curley, a non-profit in Los Angeles that “creates safe space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts.” We talked about how her non-profit [...]

Our Thoughts on Community + Fall Green Salad w/Pistachio Salad Dressing

  Ashley: Community is the bedrock of daily life, providing a foundation for living. By this I mean that community, family, friends, and acquaintances, is the context in which people craft their lives. Here rituals and traditions emerge, forming us and our lives into rhythms. Here we make meaning out of both the challenging and enjoyable moments of life. It is against the backdrop of these meaningful connections that we find and make our places [...]

Four tips to help discover new foods

Yesterday was a holiday that for many in the United States represents the possibilities of adventure, discovery, and exploration. Institutions closed to honor Christopher Columbus and children across the United States learned about European explorers and Columbus’s journey who “in 1492 … sailed the ocean blue.” There is another side to this exploration story. Recognized in some parts of the United States the holiday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day points us to the other side of [...]

Falling into a food allergy fad? We discuss the stereotypes that some people have about food allergies

I had a recent encounter with a restauranteur who informed me that the only reason they carry Gluten Free or Vegan options is because it’s a fad. I informed her that I am a person who suffers a great deal from gluten and then left the conversation frustrated. These kinds of interactions happen often. A friend of mine, who has been Vegan for years encounters these sorts of conversations too. Folks ask her, “Does that [...]