Thursday, February 11, 2016

Roasted Beets with Burrata and Blood Orange Vinaigrette

You know how hearing a certain song can transport you back in time?  Instantly, you’re in the 7th grade, or on a family vacation, or having you’re first kiss all over again.  We produce our own life’s soundtracks through our experiences.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Everyday Whole Grains; Part 2

As Steph recounted recently, French & Farrar had a wonderful day in the kitchen with Ann Taylor Pittman, executive editor of Cooking Light Magazine a few weeks ago.  She joined us at Steph’s house on a Sunday morning to cook a few recipes from her gorgeous and enlightening new cookbook, Everyday Whole Grains.  We had a blast.  With no pressure to feed a waiting party of people, the three of us were able to just casually cook, swap stories, and enjoy ourselves.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Greek Salad with Tomato-Water Vinaigrette

Here’s the deal…

I was spoiled rotten by a tremendous vacation to Greece this summer.  It was truly life altering for many reasons.  I was blessed enough to get a much needed escape.  I thickened some very cherished friendships.  I developed some sure-thing life-long new relationships.  And, I fell in love with the Grecian way of life.  It really is so transforming to get out of your constant.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Braised Artichokes

I heart-a-chockes.  Yep, nothing like one of my favorite vegetables to bring out my really good “dad jokes”.  No shame here.  “What did the green bean say to the eggplant?”…ok, no, not really.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Turkey Burger Salad with Basil Glaze & Vinaigrette

I love what the sun brings out in people. Our bare arms and short shorts, flip flops and personal days off. It brings out the best in our spirits and our goals; a sunny day brings a new chance to produce or encourage change.

I was in a terrible mood all day on Wednesday this week, for no reason (other than the obvious mom, family, career stuff). And I almost took that mood to bed with me until my husband miraculously helped me refocus.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Something in the air

Ah, Southern Cali.  We might not have the turning of the leaves or a first frost, but I swear, we do have Fall.  The seasonal shift is ever so slight, but it is there.  We get it right at the end of September. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Skip the Mashed, go with Scalloped

You might be thinking, well this is a little late. Wasn’t Thanksgiving last week? Why didn’t I know about this recipe like 10 days ago? That way I could’ve skipped mashing all those damn potatoes.

Don’t fret. I’m cooking Christmas dinner for our entire family this year, and this scalloped potato dish will reign. I still have three weeks to plan the menu, but there is no way I’d leave this recipe out.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sweet Summer “Succotash”

Lately, even breathing has been hard work and uncomfortable.  The slightest movement adds to the sticky stress of the heat.  I’m a native Angeleno, and yet, I still complain (and act surprised and overwhelmed) by the inevitable summer heat that strikes us every single year without fail.  And, on top of being one of the weather whiners, I’m a hypocrite.  I beg for all of the booty that the sun gods provide us, and then I carp about the seasonal circumstances that help to create the harvest.

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