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Wedding Feature

So it’s been pretty quiet over here as of late. And I offer up my sincere apologies for that. To keep everyone satiated I though I might share a quick blog post featuring my wedding, there is a picture of a gorgeous cake that my lovely friend made (check out her blog here: so […]

Fettuccini with Lobster Mushroom and Scratch-Made Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Sometimes the food gods leave and you’re left with an empty soul; endless nights of takeout and a heavy reliance of going back to your tried and true recipes….every single night. True I have excuses, and pretty good ones at that. There was a house move, a wedding, a honeymoon, a million house remodeling projects […]

Perfect Roast Chicken with Citrus Gravy

So, we all know my life is a little hectic right now. I may be flying off the grid for an undetermined amount of time in the very near future. Be that as it may, I thought I would share one last recipe before full scale madness ensues. We are packing up and moving, we […]

Watermelon and Queso Fresco Salad // Grilled Oaxaca Style Chipotle Corn

Life has gotten busy. Not full time job, family, and puppy busy; but full time job, family, puppy, mid-escrow on our first home, and 4 weeks from my wedding crazy. Oh wait…did I mention my munchkin also turns 5 tomorrow?! Needless to say that quality time in the kitchen has been few and far between. […]

Grilled Sirloin Flap with Strawberry Salsa and Chipotle Balsamic Reduction

Some friends are family; you have no choice but to have them in your life. You love them, you hate them, you would hurt whoever hurts them, love whoever loves them. Let’s go back in time and space to Lake Nacimiento, CA, 1986…say, October-ish. A close group of married couples and their young kids are […]

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cauliflower Purée and Savory Cherry Compote

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cauliflower Purée and Savory Cherry Compote I am sick in bed for the second day (which is always such a bummer when it is glorious outside, isn’t it?) and I figured I might as well get to it and post last weeks recipe (apologies for the delay).  So here I am, […]

Pan Seared Scallops with Whole-Wheat Pasta and Fresh Pesto

Pan Seared Scallops with Whole-Wheat Pasta and Fresh Pesto serves two Ok, so I get that there is more than one way to cook a scallop, but who are we kidding to deny that there is quite simply one BEST way to cook a scallop. Cast iron my friend. Cast-Iron. Nothing gets that perfect sear […]

Grilled Chicken and Blue Cheese Pear Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken and Blue Cheese Pear Salad with Apple Vinaigrette recipe serves two as a main dish, 4 as an appetizer/side It was a gluttonous weekend for my love and I. Delicious, but gluttonous nonetheless. Needless to say that come Monday afternoon and the proverbial “What shall we have for dinner tonight…” conversation that occurs […]

Lemon Curry Brick Chicken with Spicy Kale and Curry Mashed Potatoes

Lemon Curry Brick Chicken with Spicy Kale and Curry Mashed Potatoes Ok, let’s be honest here. This recipe and post really only exist for one reason, and that reason is the word spatchcocking. I think it’s a pretty awesome word…it just rolls of the tongue in a fun way. Spatchcocking. Say it.  Love it. Moving […]

Citrus Soy Ahi Sashimi with Ginger Gremolata

Citrus Soy Ahi Sashimi with Ginger Gremolata Yesterday was Thursday, which for us means local farmer’s market day. Most Thursdays the hubby usually picks up a few essentials; farm fresh eggs, strawberries, and some killer local fish. This usually means I get to have some fun on Thursday nights playing around with whatever he brings […]