Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon Vinaigrette There are never enough salads in my world, and certainly not enough great dressings for all the wonderful salads. Maybe it is a California thing, but we really like salad and take salad eating very seriously. There is no reason why you should not make your own salad dressing at home. They are…

Gluten Free Orzo Chicken Salad

This was my very own creating and it turned out so well, that the family asked me to keep it around. Bonus, this was a crazy easy recipe to make.  When I first made it I was not eating gluten free, but have since given it a tweak to match my gluten-free cooking needs. When…

Salad in a Jar

This past summer we went dry camping with my husband’s family and had to keep all our foods in coolers. I really was not in the mood to do a lot of food prep onsite and was trying to keep our dirty dish needs to a minimum as well. I researched various foods that could…

Black Bean and Corn Salad

In trying to eat healthier I have been trying to incorporate beans into our diet more. I have been playing with cooking my own beans – like my earlier recipe for cooked black beans. I have also made my own homemade re-fried beans! This recipe for black bean and corn salad came from one of…

Hawaiian Sweet Potato Salad

Hawaiian Sweet Potato Salad I went on a tropical theme a few months back. The warmer weather we were having made me want to eat things from warmer locations. My husband has traveled to Hawaii many times and really enjoys it when I cook food from there. I hope you enjoy this recipe for Hawaiian…

Shrimp Salad

This recipe for Shrimp Salad with Mint-Chili Dressing was a total hit. This year I’m starting off with healthy cooking to get the husband in the groove for the rest of the year. Between the two of us, he lacks willpower and caves to the call of a bag of cookies. Though I shouldn’t complain…

Mexican Street Corn Bowls

I’ve been hoarding recipes and thought it was time to spend some quality time in the kitchen testing them out. This recipe for Mexican Street Corn Bowls is delicious, easy and a family pleaser. I tried this in January – but imagine how tasty this would be with summer fresh corn! My absolutely favorite part…

Italian Bean Salad

Italian food is on my mind. Sometimes more than others. This recipe for Italian bean salad was a requested favorite while we were catering. It’s hard for me to acknowledge, but we’re coming up on the 1st anniversary of our closure. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year. There have been so many changes….

Sicilian Orange Salad

This recipe for Sicilian orange salad was another winery even recipe. One of my best friends from home has a brother that’s a local winemaker here on the Central Coast. If you’re ever looking for delicious Italian varietals look no further than Clesi winery in Templeton. If you go tasting, tell them Heather Pesco sent…