A few years ago, Chris and I went to Belize. We had an incredible time and can’t wait to go back! Part of what made the trip so unforgettable was our wonderful hotel in Ambergris Caye, The Phoenix resort. To this day, it’s one of the most comfortable and beautiful hotels we’ve ever stayed at. It…

The “I broke my ankle and need comfort food” excuse continues: I’m craving rich, creamy, tomatoey Italian pasta that will take me back to my childhood in Rome. I want the house to smell like Italy and for it to rain delicate flakes of Parmesan and Pecorino Cheese on a hearty pork ragu sauce that has…

Whenever Chris leaves for a work trip and it’s time to cook for one, I get the craving for all things that he doesn’t like. First thing I do, is roast some beets (he hates beets!), and then I usually make something briny with ingredients like anchovies, capers, pickles, marinated peppers or artichokes…you get the…

I miss walking. One week ago, while on a fabulous outdoors activity-filled vacation in Oregon, I was playing tennis and fractured my fibula just above my left ankle. Not the way I imagined my vacation (oh yes…it happened at the start of it) or the rest of my summer to go. We came home the next…

I love summer more than any other season for many reasons, and fresh, super-sweet, fragrant strawberries is one of them. I buy them in bulk and make gorgeous tarts, macerate them and eat them with some vanilla ice cream, use them as a topping for mini vanilla cheesecakes or throw them into a healthy salad…

Filet tails taste just like filet mignon but are a lot cheaper…they’re perfect for this Moroccan beef stew recipe! When Chris and I drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we stop at Harris ranch, the halfway point of the five hour trip. If headed in the direction of home, I stock up on steaks…

Looking to make a delicious picnic salad? Or a yummy make-ahead recipe that tastes even better the next day? This curry chicken salad with grapes and mango is it. Although, mine rarely makes to the next day. Just make a batch, put it in the fridge and watch what happens. Anyone in search of a…

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I bought a beautiful 3 lb pork shoulder at my Saturday market from one of my favorite bay area meat sources (Fallon Hills Ranch) with the intention of preparing a succulent 5 anchor Sunday pork roast complete with garlic mashed potatoes and crusty homemade bread. However, on a last minute whim, we ended up trekking…

Recently, while perusing vegetable stands at my favorite farmer’s market, I came across some gorgeous, as fresh as can be, bright green Dandelion greens. I bought a big bunch without any clue as to what I was going to do with it. And a few hours later, after devouring one of the most delicious salad…

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I can just see it. Chris and I floating on turquoise water, with the lush green Hawaiian coastline in the distance and a warm breeze hitting our smiling and tan faces. We’ve been out on the water since noon trying to catch our dinner almost giving up hope, when Chris finally reels in a beautiful…