Easy Planning

guacamole

Guacamole

I start by chopping all the secondary ingredients first, before slicing open the avocados. This little trick will yield a brighter green dip. Be sure not to over mix, as you want to taste the chunks of avocado.

roasted-veggies

Roasted Summer Veggies

My favorite way to prepare eggplant is to roast it in the oven with a few other summer compatriots. It’s an easy and delicious side dish that will have your family eating their veggies and asking for more. Any bell pepper will do but I prefer colorful dishes, so if you use Italian zucchini, choose an orange or red bell pepper. I love the white balsamic in this recipe, as it adds a bit of sweetness and a bright kick.

yellow squash recipe

Yellow Squash, Two Ways

These recipes for squash appetizers are so easy to make and look beautiful when served. Exact ingredients are not necessary. It’s really just a matter of taste but be sure to use the best possible ingredients. I can’t reiterate enough about using the best quality ingredients you can find. Everything about these ingredients together is so classic and delicious, radiating summer in every bite.

Flageolet dip and arugula pesto

Flageolet Puree

I took this platter of veggies and dips to a BBQ recently, using jam jars for the dip holder — it made it easier to transport by fastening the tops to the jars. Side note: For those of you who have ever driven in Montecito, you would know why you have to secure your dip […]

Rica

Rica’s Tortilla Soup

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