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Table decor for Cinco de Mayo

Table Décor for Cinco de Mayo

In front of our home we have a drought tolerant garden filled with, among other things, Agave plants. Agave is a cactus plant in which tequila is derived. It’s hardy, sculptural and no green thumb is necessary to plant or grow. In keeping with our Cinco de Mayo “get your drink on” fiesta on Wednesday, […]

Moroccan Egg Dish

Holiday Egg Dish from Morocco

This is the most delicious egg dish! These ingredients might seem like unusual combinations but they are a marvel in your mouth. I can’t wait to serve it in the summer with freshly picked tomatoes from the garden. If you can get you’re your hands on some good tomatoes this spring (I just found some […]

green-garlic-dip

Green Garlic Dip

Recently, I created this green garlic salad dressing or dip and couple of nights ago, I served it to some friends for dinner. They wanted the recipe, so I figured why not pass it on to you too? It’s tangy, garlicky and keeps you coming back for more.

Ranunculus bouquet

Beautiful Ranunculus

Ranunculus are currently in season and so beautiful, I often think of them as the winter sister of the rose. They bloom in a variety of gorgeous colors from (canary yellow to deep crimson).

castagnaccio - Tuscan "poor man's" dessert

Castagnaccio – Traditional Tuscan Dessert

known as a Tuscan “poor mans” dessert. It is a typical dessert for this region- not too sweet, crusty on the outside and soft and pudding-like in the middle. You know it’s done when the top cracks!

Red Chicken Curry

Red Chicken Curry

I was inspired to make this easy version Red Chicken Curry…normally when I make curry’s I prepare it from scratch. This one ended up being an easy and excellent dinner at home for the family. I was able to prep everything in the afternoon while the girls were at school, so the actual cooking time pre-dinner was super quick. We have snow peas in the garden so I got to use up some of those, too.

chocolate

Marcona Almond Clusters

The last couple of years I usually make some kind of chocolate candy around the holidays to give as hostess gifts or to have for after dinner treats if friends stop by the house. This recipe is a total winner, and so easy to prepare it’s scary! Together, we have gone through a metamorphosis of […]

tamarillo-and-prociutto

Fall Dinner Menu

We always travel to my family’s house for Thanksgiving, so I’ve never had true ownership of the holiday. Knowing this, I often host a festive dinner right before the Thanksgiving holiday for close friends here in Santa Barbara. No turkey, but fall fare straight from the garden and farmers market, and this year, seasoned with inspiration from our recent trip to Piedmont.