Welcome to Bijouxs Little Jewels from the Kitchen. I am Lynn Marie Gray, a designer turned private chef, now sharing my collection of favorite recipes. I bring you you little jewels for your kitchen – recipes, cooking tips, equipment and pantry items – a carefully curated personal collection of favorite recipes from my sunny California kitchen.

My Bijouxs recipe collection began over three decades ago while I worked aboard a private jet, coordinating food and wine. Since then it has been a non-stop journey with food, working as a private chef and catering parties for my clients.

The Bijouxs collection strives to bring simple, beautiful, accessible and surprising recipes for the home cook. My approach seeks an equal balance on creativity and classic cooking practices. Core to my mission is my desire to bring a fresh, simple take on cooking, never precious or fussy. These recipes are meant to be enjoyed any day, along with the everyday beauty all around us, right here in our kitchens. A sidebar feature, “FIND MORE LITTLE JEWELS”, allows you to conveniently search for recipes by ingredients, meal planning or categories.

I also filmed a series of cooking videos for the internet channel Eat Drink or Die, on the show “What’s for Dinner Tonight?” View the short videos  on your computer, with simple recipes you can easily prepare . There is also a printable recipe card for each video.

Bijouxs Little Kitchen Jewels takes its name from the French, “Bijou” means “little jewel.” For me, that means American classics like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, culinary basics like Café de Paris Butter, fresh California inspired recipes such as Potato Salad with Lemon & Dill, and travel inspired recipes such as Chicken Tagine with Green Olives & Preserved Lemon. An eclectic recipe collection, the Bijouxs are the recipes I reach for over and over. Food fads may come and go, but the Bijouxs remain.

Please join me as I share my collection of Bijouxs Little Kitchen Jewels.


Tortilla Española

Sometimes, what you have is all you really need. So it goes in the kitchen – a potato, a couple eggs and a few spices yield Tortilla Española – a little jewel for the Table of One. I can’t tell you how many times some form of a simple egg dish has saved my...more

Pan-Seared Steak with Sake Sauce

No grill required. Pan-Seared Steak with Sake Sauce utilizes two of the most basic kitchen tools to create a special celebratory dinner at home – a taste of teppanyaki in your own kitchen, a little jewel. June, tis’ the season to celebrate – ...more

Stir-fried Cauliflower

Vegetable versatility is always a great little jewel in the kitchen. Here’s a quick way with the old friend cauliflower that changes things up – a stir-fry ready in minutes for a quick, healthy side dish. Stir-fried Cauliflower, another little jewel from the collection ....more

Italian Rice & Peas

Cooking with economy & grace, plus dinner in 15 minutes – Italian Rice and Peas, what are you waiting for? ...more

Stuffed Tomatoes with Basil Sauce

Mother’s Day – Italian Style. Stuffed Tomatoes with Basil Sauce make a warming addition to an easy-going luncheon with a sampling of small plates – casual dining with Mom. La Dolce Vita ....more

Greek Lemon Chicken

Let’s sail away to the Greek Islands – sounds great, and it will only take 15 minutes. Greek Lemon Chicken transports your taste buds to the warm sunny islands any day of the week – a travel inspired little gem. My little jewel collection of recipes that I bring to you is anchored by a group of all-time favorites – the go-to, ‘I know ‘em by heart’ recipes – Greek Lemon Chicken is one ....more

Flatbread with Ricotta, Prosciutto & Snap Peas

Life…and eating in the fast lane, no time to pull over, it happens – so, what to prepare for dinner? Perhaps this irresistible combination of crispy flatbread topped with creamy ricotta (maybe via last week’s recipe?), rich prosciutto with crispy spring snap peas and herbs – a quick fix for a racing hunger. It won’t take long – just put on the blinker and pull over for a quick stop at the market ....more

Fresh Ricotta-style Cheese

When fresh traditional ricotta disappeared from local Italian markets, it was time to consider making my own ricotta, well sort of… This basic, simple ricotta-style cheese recipe makes a wonderful alternative to store bought–lovely for a sweet treat or part of your favorite lasagna–fresh ricotta a favorite little kitchen gem. I think Bijouxs is perhaps the only remaining food blog/website that has not yet featured a post about making fresh ‘ricotta’ cheese…well, because traditionally ricotta (which means re-cooked in Italian) cheese is made using the leftover whey by-product from making other cheeses, such as mozzarella. It takes a whole lot of whey to yield a substantial amount of ricotta ....more

Baked Ziti with Sausage

It’s Spring Break time for kids of all ages, and that includes me. But I thought I would share another image from my Family & Friends Cookbook, No. 10 – Baked Ziti with Sausage – the secret is in the spices ....more

Gaspacho Soup

How’s your kitchen economy? After taking an accounting of food costs, I decided to pause, head back to my cookbook library for wisdom, wit and simple, fresh meals. To begin, who better than MFK Fisher and her simple Gaspacho Soup–cooking with grace and economy ....more