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Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash

These days we are all busy with the holidays, life, work, etc… When it comes to cooking, I look for quick and easy ways to prepare healthy meals with some variety. I had an acorn squash hanging around for a while that needed to be […]

Blistered Shishito and Scallion Biscuits with Smoked Sea Salt

Blistered Shishito and Scallion Biscuits with Smoked Sea Salt

I would jump at the chance to have a platter full of plain buttermilk biscuits and gravy any day, anytime. The reality is, I rarely get to indulge in this particular favorite, but when I get the chance, I go for it. Really, I just […]

Potato and Meatless Chorizo Hash

Potato and Meatless Chorizo Hash

Most mornings are nothing special since I’m not much of a breakfast person. I guess not being a morning person plays a huge part in this. I’m generally content with a cup of coffee and an occasional cinnamon roll from the local bakery.  I could […]

Handmade Pasta: Trofie

Handmade Pasta: Trofie

The first time I tried trofie pasta was at this place. I didn’t even know how to pronounce it but every single element in the menu description sounded delicious. There was also rock shrimp. Sold! One bite and I knew I ordered the right dish […]

Pioneer Cemetery {Julian, CA}

Pioneer Cemetery {Julian, CA}

In the spirit of Halloween and all things spooky, I decided to post the Julian cemetery separately from the previous post. Aside from apples, cider and apple pie, I was looking forward to visiting the cemetery as soon as I was sure we would be […]

A Trip to Julian, CA

A Trip to Julian, CA

Don’t you love when things get “done”? I can now cross “visit Julian and buy apples” off my mental list. Not sure why it took so long to make the 1 hour drive up the mountain since it’s a relatively close trip from San Diego. […]

Apple Pie Moonshine Donuts

Apple Pie Moonshine Donuts

Last weekend, we visited Julian, CA for the first time (more to come in a separate Julian post) and came home with a bag of local apples, several varieties too. I already knew what I wanted to do with some of the apples and that […]

Farro, Soyrizo and Kale Tostadas

Farro, Soyrizo and Kale Tostadas

Leftovers are almost the best thing on a weeknight. Knowing dinner will come together in a snap any Monday through Thursday is music to my ears. Leftovers mean dinner is on the table in minutes, not an hour. It also means minimal clean up, far […]

Hummus with Sumac and Aleppo Pepper

Hummus with Sumac and Aleppo Pepper

Last week, while scrolling through one of my favorite websites and daydreaming about all the recipes I’d like to try, kitchen remodeling ideas to note, marathon cooking sessions for make ahead meals, I zeroed in on the hummus recipe. Why? Two reasons. 1) it was […]

Quinoa and Kale Salad with Grilled Veggies

Quinoa and Kale Salad with Grilled Veggies

This past weekend was a hot and humid one. Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t deal with the heat. I complain non-stop to anyone who will listen. Add humidity on top of that and it’s a recipe for a very cranky and miserable […]

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