Goat Cheese Quinoa Cakes

Are you getting tired of quinoa?? Is your family secretly or openly loathing the nights you serve quinoa to them. “Quinoa again!!”, they say. Do not despair, not all hope is lost. Ok, enough with the silliness....more

Thai Basil-Walnut Pesto

It seems like I say this too often, but I’ll say it again: Go to your local farmers market!!!! You can support local agriculture, purchase fruits and vegetables that were just picked, and have a good time. Every market is different, but there’s usually some kind of entertainment, live music, various food trucks, and more....more

Curried Beluga Lentil and Pebble Bean Salad

  A Whole Foods opened last month in Laguna Niguel. It’s shiny exterior, perfectly lined produce, and very cheerful staff keeps beckoning me from afar. This particular one is humongous. I’ve never seen a Whole Foods(WF) this impressive before!...more

Banana Walnut Ice Cream

I was in a hurry, pushing my gigantic cart through Costco while trying to convince the munchkin to sit still long enough to do some actual shopping, when I saw it.  It was a bright red cuisineart ice cream machine for only $23!!! I bought it. Of course I bought it....more

Red Pepper Chickpea Salad

This month I’m helping fundraise for the moms club of Laguna Niguel by putting together a cookbook. It’s nothing crazy, just some of the moms’ favorite recipes and the stories behind them. I’m currently collecting the recipes and testing them at home....more

Strawberry Empanadas

My little sister has always loved strawberries. When we were kids my mom couldn’t buy the strawberries fast enough. Her love affair with strawberries hit a bump in the road though, when she ate so many of them in one sitting that she broke out in hives. This happened despite her not ever experiencing an allergic reaction to strawberries. She had to quit for a while before she could enjoy them again....more

Dinner at the French Laundry

Thomas Keller and the French Laundry don’t need an introduction, but for those of you out there who don’t know about them you can read his story here....more

Lunch at Chez Panisse

Waking up at 3:30 am was not what I had in mind for the start of our vacation, but if we wanted to make our lunch reservation at Chez Panisse we had to....more

On our way....

Easter is here, which means I can now go back to enjoying all those potentially cancer causing animal products that I’ve been avoiding. So what happens now? I’m going to be completely honest, I love food and everything that makes it a true pleasure, and the thought of limiting myself to eating just certain foods threatens to take all the fun out my gastronomical experiences. For example, this week we will be eating at the French Laundry (yes, I am bragging), but if I was 100% committed to a plant based diet I believe dinner at such an iconic restaurant wouldn’t be the same....more

Zucchini & Chayote Pozole

  The plant-based journey continues.This week we ate:Mon-  Zucchini & Chayote Pozole & Traditional ToppingsTues- Ate outWed-  Bean Gorditas, Salsa, Guacamole & Quinoa Stuffed Poblano PepperThurs- Spring Vegetable & Quinoa Bowl (favas, peas, kale, mushrooms, peppers, garlic, & new potatoes)...more