How to Eat like a Kid?

Tots. How to eat like a kid isn’t that hard to do. It’s all in how you look at it.  For me it was manipulating left over tots from a brewery dinner the night before. I mean left over tots people! I remember being a freshman at the University of Redlands and experiencing my first…

Easy Curry Chicken

This easy curry chicken is created for those of you that like me, don’t always remember to plan ahead. This is for you that just need to “throw something together” for dinner. No matter how hard we try there will always be nights when it feels like you just can’t get it together. This is…

Nectarine & Avocado Salad

This nectarine avocado salad is something I honestly wasn’t sure about heading into dinner. But consider myself pleasantly surprised. This was the tastiest salad I’ve made in a while. Be sure to make this while stone fruits are still ripe for the season. Not only was this easy and quick to make, this was 100%…

Easy Orzo & Chicken Salad

Being a busy mom makes me want to hit the easy button – a lot. True confession, but really – a lot. So when I came up with this recipe for this easy orzo & chicken salad I just had to share. I know you want easy, kid approved, family friendly recipes just like I…

Easy Homemade Slice & Bake Cookies

I got a wild hair the other day and decided to try my hand at homemade slice & bake cookies. Brilliant, right? Totally – and a HUGE mom win. Not to mention this is EASY! So, to do this, I took the basic Toll House Cookie recipe (on the back of the chip package) and…

Summer Corn & Bell Pepper Salad

Summertime. Summertime is time for casual eating, dining alfresco, and making salads. To me nothing says summer more than a good salad like this summer corn & bell pepper salad with fresh summer corn & bell peppers. This was a creation because I had some  gorgeous summer corn and some equally lovely bell peppers and…

Great Pasta Salad

This great pasta salad is my favorite and a “must make” for summertime – picnics, bbq, beach, lake, camping – I’ve taken it everywhere. My favorite thing about it is it’s an easy one to alter depending on your personal tastes & depending on what you happen to have in your kitchen at that moment….

Watermelon Gazpacho

A few years ago we participated in a local food & wine event. Always one for pushing the buttons of traditional cuisine, I found a recipe for summer watermelon gazpacho. I was desperately not wanting to make yet another paella or crudités or canape on a bread base, or anything remotely typical. Sometimes you go…

Marinated Mushroom Caps

Oh my pretties. How I can’t wait to eat these marinated mushroom caps for dinner. Since I don’t feel like starting coals tonight just for myself I’m probably going to either broil or use the George Forman. MARINATED MUSHROOM CAPS 3 portobello mushrooms ¼ cup canola oil 1/2 large red onion chopped 3-4 cloves garlic,…

Culinary Rock Bottom

Since we’ve closed our business and are no longer catering crazy summer wedding seasons I thought I’d share with you a post I pulled off the old site of the day I officially hit culinary rock bottom and the kid had “crunchy banana” for dinner. I wrote this down about six years ago when we…

Individual Hawaiian Calzones

Anyone that has been following me since the beginning knows that there is a particular female host on the FoodTV that drives me bonkers. Not only is she loud and crass, but her recipes just don’t work. Many years ago my husband got me one of her cookbooks for Valentine’s Day, and I honestly doubt…

Lawn Mower Cupcakes

I thought these adorable lawn mower cupcakes are a cute idea to wish your favorite dad a happy father’s day. The kiddo and I made these a few years ago, sorry I don’t remember what magazine I found the idea. These are so sweet I just had to pull them from the archives. See for…

White Peach Lemonade

This white peach lemonade is too yummy to not share. Here on the central coast we’re finding delicious white peaches coming over from the San Joaquin Valley – you don’t want to miss these. This recipe is easy and a must have for summer entertaining.  Give it a try and drop me a comment telling…

Quick Pasta Salad

I came up with this quick pasta salad when we were living in San Francisco. This is crazy easy, and when I say easy I mean EASY! Feel free to adjust the vegetables you use. I’m partial to the ones listed, but cook to your taste. Remember there is no right or wrong when it…

Easy Sauteed Zucchini for Summer

Fresh fish makes my hubs happy. Spending the day on the water to get said fresh fish makes him even happier. We like to take the fresh rock cod, lightly flour it and sautee in a cast iron pan. Serve it with this easy sauteed zucchini – add a little onion, and a side of…