Spring + Green Bean Salad

By | 2018-05-10T17:27:48+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I am not sure why, but spring makes me want to eat more brunch. I mean, I love brunch year-round...but when the spring veggies come into their own, their more delicate structure (as opposed to the heartier fall and winter veg) makes me want to eat breakfast foods and light dishes all the more. All winter long I crave heavier food, but as soon as the sun comes out and the temperature warms up, I shed heavy foods like layers. [...]

Raspberry + Toasted Almond Parfait

By | 2018-07-15T17:01:19+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. Between getting the flu, a huge work conference, and traveling for a wedding, I have been left with little time to prepare for my life. For example, I began a clean out project two weeks ago, but was leaving the next day, so I didn’t have time to finish it...and STILL haven’t found the time to do so. Nor have I found time to do food prep, [...]

Thanksgiving Reflections + Gluten Free Pumpkin Granola

By | 2017-03-10T11:59:18+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday for me. I love the gatherings of friends and loved ones, but I am not always full of thanks, especially these past few years. My husband and I have had a really rough time trying to figure out our careers, our faith, where to live, family life, and a lot more stuff--which can be pretty common to all of us! The hardest part is that I am not with my family for the holiday. Ever [...]

Dinner in Istanbul + Mediterranean Couscous Salad

By | 2016-07-01T18:47:36+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the roof of a 6-story building, the hostess led me to my table. As I sat down, I took in the sights and sounds around me: the other diners, the kitchen, the bar, and beyond that, the sprawling city of Istanbul. It was dinner time in late May, so the sun was low in the sky, casting an enchanting orange glow on hundreds of minarets as far as I could see. I knew with a setting like this, dinner [...]

It’s Getting Hotter + Blueberry Almond Salad

By | 2017-10-29T19:49:48+00:00 June 28th, 2013|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It is getting so hot in Southern California. When I moved out here 3 ½ years ago, I wasn’t ready to not have central A/C in my home, but not a lot of homes or apartments in Southern California actually have central A/C. This makes for a very frustrating and irritable cook! When I cook in the kitchen during the summer time, I have to think about what I can make that won’t turn my house into an oven. This [...]