Table Talk Video

This past Thursday I jumped into my first television appearance on Table Talk, a local show focused on food and wine. I was a little nervous starting out, but I actually had a great time and am excited to return. Check out the video feed below — my segment starts at about 12:00! If you […]


Quick and Easy Tablecloth Tip (video)

No matter how carefully you iron and store your tablecloths, there are always creases when unfolding and draping them across the table. Here’s a quick and easy video tip that works to get those creases out—without having to drag out your iron and ironing board.

Cooking Class with Chef Mollie

We had a so much fun at our cooking class. Mollie is beautiful, bubbly, feisty, fun, and funny. As you can see in the video, I was having a blast the entire time!

Valerie’s Birthday

I had the best birthday! Wonderful friends, amazing food and drink, a little late night craziness — what more could you ask for? My husband arranged for Chef Cal Stamenov, along with his trusty sidekick and amazingly talented pastry chef, Ben Spungin, to come down to Santa Barbara with the mission of cooking a non-traditional […]

Summer Garden Walk

A quick stroll through my garden — this summer we are enjoying many varieties of tomatoes, stone fruit, herbs and greens, and anxiously awaiting arrival of eggplant, corn, yellow heirloom bell peppers and more! Editing and Motion Graphics by Matt Walla.

Chefs in My Kitchen: Maili Halme Brocke Video

I recently hosted Chef Maili Halme Brocke in my kitchen for a lesson in preparing tempura-fried squash blossoms, and when we discovered there weren’t enough blossoms in my garden for the recipe, we gave stuffed basil leaves a try! They were delicious and a big hit with my guests. For more information and recipes take […]

One Simple Egg

A simple but delicious omelet-style preparation of an egg using fresh grated parmesan cheese, garden-fresh chives and sea salt. I originally learned this method from Chef Donald Link. Enjoy! Editing and Motion Graphics by Matt Walla.

Preparing Mangoes

My kids love mango. With its vibrant color and juicy, tropical sweetness, I can see why it is such a favorite with my girls. Mango does not grow in Santa Barbara, but thankfully they are currently flourishing in Mexico. One difficult thing about the mango is cutting it without hacking the fruit and your fingers! […]

Chefs in My Kitchen: Peggy Markel Video

When my friend, Chef Kim Schiffer, told me that Chef Peggy Markel was coming to town (Peggy has a cooking school in Morroco) I jumped at my chance to buy a Morrocan Tagine and learn from a master. Here’s a look at our recent Morrocan cooking lesson! See my recent posts Chicken Tajine with Lemons, […]

Chefs in My Kitchen: Benedetta Vitali Video

Here is a glimpse of our very fun night with Chef Benedetta Vitali! See my recent posts Tagliatelle with Duck Ragu and Chicken Liver Crostini for recipes and more information. Special thanks to my dear friend Joanna Kerns for the video footage. Editing and Motion Graphics by Matt Walla.