Easy Planning

apples and figs

Roasted Apples with Figs

This recipe is a delicious, easy and an interesting way to serve up fall’s superstar: the apple.

bean dip

Val’s Bean Dip

This bean dip recipe is basically my variation of refried beans — it makes good use of whatever beans we have left over from the night before, and it’s delicious!

dahlias

Summer BBQ

The goal of summer entertaining is making it relaxed, fresh and enjoyable— even for the hostess.

Roasted Green Salsa With Tomatillos

Call me crazy, but I prefer the taste of the tomatillo salsa made in the molcajete to salsa made in the food processor. You can literally taste the difference. Amazing!

appetizer set-up

Summer Appetizer

I’m currently lusting over this basket ricotta cheese from Bellwether Farms. And like most recipes on the site, it’s all about combining well-chosen, in-season ingredients to create simple, delicious food…it just takes a “few good men” to make for some pretty happy women.

finished salad

Perfect Sherry Vinaigrette

It sort of surprises me now, but from a young age (I think I was about eight) my mom always let me make the salad dressing for dinner. It was usually some variation of Italian, sometimes creamy, sometimes not, but it always made me feel important.

chicken salad

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad. It’s pure comfort food– a surge of protein with a mayo chaser, what’s not to love? Here’s my latest take on this classic, inspired by the green spring onions and basil in my garden.