Spending my days playing in the kitchen, testing and tasting recipes.

Autumn Inspiration

I dont know about you, but i have spent the last 4 weeks purging and cleansing after a summer full of indulging, partying and eating anything and everything. This time of year, after the fall equinox in late September, not only have I re-organized my pantry, kitchen cabinets and clothes closets, I have also committed to eating less sugar, less bread and allowing myself only 1 day a week to indulge and reward myself to…

National Fried Chicken Day

  Print Falafel Chicken Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 45 mins   Course: Main Course Cuisine: Mediterranean Servings: 4 servings Ingredients 4 cups garbanzo bean flour 2 tablespoons sea salt 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon Spanish pimentón smoked paprika 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons sea salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 2…

Goodbye Winter, Welcome Spring

Happy first day of spring! The days are getting longer and hopefully warmer. The day we’ve been waiting for, has finally arrived. Once the weather turns warm, I don’t want to be stuck inside putting a lot of complicated dishes together, I rather spend less time in the kitchen and more time in my garden. Herb’s, fresh and sweet flavor make any dish feel lighter. My spring recipe idea, toss coarsely chopped dill leaves into…

World of Wine

As I prepare myself for this weekends World of Pinot Noir event, Santa Barbara’s annual wine tasting seminar and weekend-long seaside celebration, I am playing around with different variations of chocolate truffles to make for the VIP Lounge. Coming to the conclusion, all you really need is good quality dark chocolate, red wine, cream, and a bit of butter. That’s it! Melt it all together, let your ganache sit overnight, then roll into truffles and…

New Year’s Eve Is All About The Grapes

In Spain, – Las doce uvas de la suerte – The twelve grapes of luck – is a Spanish tradition. It’s thought that eating one grape with every strike of the clock at midnight brings good luck for the New Year. It’s definitely more than a mouthful, trust me, I tried while living in Andalucia many moons ago. This sinful delicious Spanish Grape Tart lets you eat all 12 grapes in just a few sweet…

Giving Thanks

Wow!!! I don’t know about you? but this month raced by, i didn’t even have a chance to post my Thanksgiving recipes before the big day. Having been featured in 805 Living magazine this month, i want to share a delicious “not your typical” stuffed squash dish made with Italian farro, roasted grapes, red onions and scattered with toasted sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds and pomegranate arils. Good all winter long using earthy acorn squash,…

Falling Into Harvest

Leaves are falling, days are shorter and the temperature’s dropping, the time right now is perfect to celebrate Fall and grape harvest. Make one large tart or two to share with friends using roasted grapes with just a touch of sugar. Grape Crostata with Ricotta Cream   for (1) serves 8 2 cups unbleached white flour ¼ cup granulated sugar ½ teaspoon sea salt 8 ounces very cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 large egg  ¼ cup…