Kumamoto Oysters on the Half Shell with a Cucumber and Winter-melon Granita 

Can what you eat affect your happiness?  Forget what came first, the chicken or the egg. Looking for a great conversation starter at your next social gathering? Open with the latest hot food topic: Can what you eat affect your happiness? According to research substantiated by Torrey Pines, Institute for Molecular Studies, certain flavors in… Continue reading Kumamoto Oysters on the Half Shell with a Cucumber and Winter-melon Granita 

Fresh Summer Cherry Vinaigrette

It’s easy to speed through the Central Valley of California or roll along the farm-bounded country roads less traveled, and find some great fresh fruits, nuts and delicious vegetables, especially during summer.  If you find yourself in the heart of some of the world’s most productive farmland, grab yourself  some fresh delicious cherries,– season is… Continue reading Fresh Summer Cherry Vinaigrette

Think Outside the Sauce. What to do with this Summer’s Tomato Harvest.

Tis’ the season. If your garden is abundant with beautiful sun kissed tomatoes— you have plans. Fresh, homegrown garden tomatoes are so delicious, and carry a depth of flavor.  If you grow your own, most-likely, you are busy making sauce or canning whole, gift giving your neighbors, and of course— noshing your harvest. Regardless of… Continue reading Think Outside the Sauce. What to do with this Summer’s Tomato Harvest.

Jarring Summertime! Smoked Nectarine Jam.

I love Summer-time. I love grilled foods. I love Summer’s sweet gifts of locally grown stone fruit. Today, I decided to make a recipe to combine both of my family favs (  just in case I  want to relive this very day in upcoming fall- around Thanksgiving.) So I am packing these memories all up… Continue reading Jarring Summertime! Smoked Nectarine Jam.

Chilled Green Bean and Grilled Nectarine Salad with a Warm Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette

If you have never grilled fruit before, you are in for a great treat!  listed are the top five tried and true tips for grilled fruit success — followed by a delicious recipe to make for your next smoke out! 1- Timing.The most important task to begin with is choosing the correct time in the… Continue reading Chilled Green Bean and Grilled Nectarine Salad with a Warm Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette

Vegan Baked Apple Pastry Roses

I wrote this recipe for my friends over at #30SecondMom. Thought I’d share with you too if you don’t follow me there. You’ll need: 6 red apples, cored, halved and sliced 1/4-inch thick 1/2 cup melted vegan butter or regular butter 1 package phyllo dough nonstick spray water or nut milk, to seal equal parts cinnamon and sugar 1/2… Continue reading Vegan Baked Apple Pastry Roses

10 Minutes to Creamy! Chocolate Avocado Mousse! 

Chocolate Mousse has never been healthier …or faster! When choosing Avocados use Haas variety- they tend to have a rich creamy finish.  Ingredients:  4 ripe avocados 3 Tablespoons honey, maple syrup or optional liquid sweetener. ( do not use granulated )  3/4 cup good quality cocoa powder ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Small pinch of Himalayan… Continue reading 10 Minutes to Creamy! Chocolate Avocado Mousse!