Simply Recipes

I am blessed to have been raised by two parents who both love to cook, and do it well. Mom was primarily self-taught, figuring out ways to feed her six kids healthy food on dad's teacher salary. Dad grew up during the depression and learned how to make use of anything available. He used to amaze us with stories about shooting squirrels in the forest nearby for squirrel stew. My parents know things that I don't - how to take a pheasant that has just been shot and make a meal out of it, how to gut a fish, or how to butcher a rabbit. Several years ago I moved to Sacramento from the Bay Area to be closer to my folks. Having been too busy with my career to cook much, I wanted to learn how to cook the foods I loved growing up, and document what I was learning for my siblings and friends. I started Simply Recipes, a food blog, that uses many of the recipes and methods of my parents, focusing primarily on home cooking with whole foods in season. I strongly believe that everyone should know how to cook and I especially love teaching the children of my friends the joys of cooking.

Roasted Chicken with Apricot Glaze

You know the easiest way to make...more

Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

Every fall, when the days get shorter and the nights colder, at some point I reluctantly give up wearing shorts and flips flops. Did you know there...more

Ginger Sesame Garlic Shrimp

In a hurry? I get it. Some days there just isn’t enough time to get everything done that needs to be done! ...more

Avocado Chicken Salad

The concept is simple—a quick, basic...more

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

Do you like broccoli? I LOVE, seriously love broccoli. Favorite way to eat it?...more

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

So, what’s your favorite burrito...more

Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp

What’s your go-to quick midweek meal? Mine often...more

Baby Bok Choy with Yellow Bell Peppers

There are certain routines in our family for which I am unendingly grateful. One is that at the dinner table there is always a green vegetable of some sort. I may not have loved some veggies as a child, but as an adult, I crave them ....more

Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

Have you ever had mulligatawny? Best soup ever! It’s basically a curry soup, most often...more

Eggplant Caviar

Please forgive the exalted name of this simple dish. Like its black-eyed pea cousin Texas caviar, “eggplant caviar” has nothing to do with salty sturgeon eggs. It is so named...more