Recipes

Seasonal fare, creative uses with your garden.

crackers

Buttermilk Whole Grain Crackers

One surefire way to impress your guests is to serve homemade crackers. Kim and I concocted these in preparation for Donald Link’s visit and they were amazing!

christmas-lima

Christmas Limas

Fresh shell beans are something that I do not grow myself but love to buy at the farmers market.

bb-soup

Broccoli and Bok Choy Soup

This creamy soup is rich and satisfying and is perfect for a brisk fall day! I was tempted to add ½ and ½ at the end of the recipe, but after I blended and tasted the soup I realized it wasn’t necessary.

chicken-stock

Chicken Stock Sundays

Sunday mornings I almost always make chicken stock. Usually, I manage to have it simmering on the stove before the kids wake up. A batch of fresh stock gets me through the week for making rice, risotto, soups and beans. Typically, my menus for the week allow me to freeze half of the stock. When […]

pumpkin-bread

Pumpkin Bread

Nothing perfumes my kitchen more than a beautiful spiced pumpkin bread baking in the oven.  With fragrant cinnamon and ginger, this bread just feels like fall to me. Here is my twist on this seasonal bread that your whole family will love. I love to add coconut flakes and golden raisins which combine to give […]

lobster

Spiny Tail Lobster

The season is here for Spiny tailed lobster! These local lobsters are absolutely worth every ounce of effort. The tasty and tender meat is a reward. Kim and I served our spiny tailed lobsters with a lobster saffron broth (recipe below) and homemade ricotta gnocchi for Donald Link. An alternate, and albeit easier preparation, would […]

Donald, Val, AJ

Donald Link: The Beginning

A few years back we were lucky enough to befriend Donald Link through a mutual friend in the restaurant business. Donald is the chef/owner of the stellar New Orleans restaurants, Herbsaint and Cochon.

roasted pumpkin seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These roasted pumpkin seeds made with coconut oil are delicious; crunchy and salty with a hint of sweetness.

Rica

Rica’s Tortilla Soup

Every time she cooks I am excited. Here is Rica’s wonderful and easy tortilla soup. It is delicious!

tomatoes

Tomatoes…and more Tomatoes

All summer I have been waiting for a garden bounty of tomatoes. Santa Barbara finally got some nice summer heat and ta-da!…I found myself with five enormous plants all heavy laden with beautiful, delicious tomatoes at the same time. Great! Great. Great? My tomato windfall coincided with school starting, a full calendar of non-profit events […]