Tag Archives: fresh ingredients

Early Summer Fruit Platter

Because good fruit is abundant and majorly in season right now, I usually offer to bring a fruit platter. A plate lets guests take what they want, and gives you some creative leeway with the arrangement.

Tuscan Kale Salad

The first time I ate this salad was at Il Buco on my New York trip, and my life was never the same again. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but I will say that after my husband and I got back to California, I craved Il Buco’s Tuscan Kale delight like you wouldn’t believe.


Over the years, I have made crostini in many different ways: in the broiler, in the over oven, and on the grill. The thing is, you don’t want to overcook the bread so it’s hard to bite into, but you also don’t want to cook it so lightly that it falls apart or is soggy. I’ve discovered that my favorite way to cook crostini is with my grill pan.

preparing prosciutto and fig appetizer

Prosciutto and Fig Appetizer

Since I have been harvesting Black Mission Figs for the last week, I thought I would share this fig and prosciutto appetizer recipe. It only has a few ingredients, is simple to prepare, and yet has a very elegant (almost decadent) flavor. These bite-sized morsels are great passed on a tray, or you can serve them with beautiful greens and herbs to make a lovely fall salad.

Mulberry and Peach Crumble

This cobbler recipe was adapted from Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way, a cookbook that is a great resource for easy and quick entertaining.

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 […]


Why have a garden? Especially If you live in Santa Barbara, with its great soil, weather, and diverse growing options, the real question is, what are you waiting for? There are a multitude of benefits to growing your own fruits and vegetables: fresh, organic produce, no pre-handling or washing, the therapeutic aspects of gardening, exposure […]

Zucchini and Zucchini Blossoms

I look forward to fried zucchini blossoms as soon as I plant the seedlings in the garden. Here’s a great recipe I hope you enjoy as much as I!