Posts in Home Cooking
Springtime in the Farmers' Market

Seasonal produce gets me in the mood for creating something delicious in the kitchen. Lately I’ve been all about everything green and fresh, so a jaunt through the sunny bounty of vegetables and fruits in the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market was my idea of heaven. I’ve also been on the lookout for edible flowers to add a bouquet of visual beauty and aromatic taste to dishes as a special garnish.

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Quinoa + Veggie Salad: Healthy Eating Made To Go

When I'm hungry and want a quick bite, I take a look in the fridge and pantry to see what I can put together quickly. Easily done when at home, but most of the time I'm driving around the city, finding the quickest shortcut to avoid traffic while running errands, fitting in a workout in the gym, picking up kids from school. Oh, and that day job. Somewhere in the day I do have to work too. 

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Long Life Noodles with Garlic, Ginger & Sesame

Chinese noodles are symbolic of a long life during the Lunar New Year celebration. This inspired me to make garlic noodles with some fresh Asian veggies. I used Melissa's brand fresh Chinese noodles and Asian vegetables to make this special recipe. I love a rich, creamy sesame sauce mingled with lots of finely chopped garlic sticking to the long noodles. I want it gingery, garlicky and loaded with flavor. 

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Chinese Veggie Quinoa Bowls

This Chinese Veggie Quinoa Bowl is a citrusy, light and nourishing recipe of my own. I created this recipe as I sipped on tea this morning because I was excited to use the Napa cabbage, kumquats and snow peas. They looked so pretty in my fridge and I could not resist putting them on top of curried quinoa.

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Best Beauty Food Smoothie Ever

Aphrodisiacs are superfoods for our soul. We want to feel good by what we put into our bodies, but in the pursuit to eat healthy we sometimes forget to slow down and experience the pleasure of food. An aphrodisiac beauty smoothie is full of antioxidants, skin-plumping good fats and nutrients to add to our daily glow. 

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Spicy Love Affair

I know to feed my lover. It's true--- love is shown through cooking, and preparing a meal is giving love. I've poured out my full heart to overflow his cup, ladle, plate and bowl. He loves my cooking at home, sometimes more than dining out, which is a high compliment coming from a professional food critic.

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SUPERFOOD APHRODISIACS: I Heart Hemp Hearts

The other day I wanted to make a batch of creamy pesto and searched the kitchen for ingredients. Pesto is an easy way to get some good stuff into your body and tastes absolutely delicious. I was preparing dinner and wanted my youngest daughter to eat some greens, so I used what moms do best-- nutrition in disguise! 

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Love is in the Clay Pot

The Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day are a few days apart this year. My love is Chinese, born in Taiwan. He's a food critic and writer, so cooking for him isn't an easy task. When I want to show my love most, it's with a chef's knife, a saucepan and pot.

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Eggs & The Cheese Omelette Fantasy {RECIPE}

There's something sensual about feeling the weight of an egg in your hand. As I hold it carefully with my fingers, caressing the cool delicate shell, cracking the egg open, I marvel as the gelatinous white spills out along with its yellow yolk. The fragile ball of the yolk settles within the bottom of the mixing bowl and looks completely perfect. It's fascinating while tempting my palate in a multitude of ways. I love eggs.

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Carrot Orange Cardamom Soup with Citrus & Spice

This is a wonderful soup to make when everyone is catching colds around you. It contains a lot more than the title suggests, such as ginger, sweet potato, golden beets, cashews and turmeric. It has sunshine from oranges, vitamin-boosted with the squeezed juice and zest, and you can put lots of fresh ginger in it if you are crazy for ginger like I am. This recipe could just be the thing to make your healthy menu planning better---- just veggies, oranges, spices, a soup pot and ladle. 

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Walk on the Wild Side

I'm walking through a park near the foothills of the Angeles Crest Forest. The warm afternoon sunlight softly dapples through the leaves of trees as my two daughters run ahead. My youngest daughter is percolating with delight over climbing trees. She leaps upon rocks and skips through the brush, climbing up the lower trunks and limbs within her reach. 

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SUPERFOOD APHRODISIACS: Aphrodite's Ambrosia with Cranberries, Chia, Goji & Blackberries

I’ve been on the go and busy this holiday. There are articles and blog posts just bursting in my mind as I drive, usually while I'm hungry and stuck in traffic, having waited way too long to eat something. Like sugar plums dancing through my head this holiday season, I dream of beautiful raw whole foods and recipes. 

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SUPERFOOD APHRODISIACS: HOLIDAY SMOOTHIE

It's the holiday season. We've had a lot of celebrating at my house which, of course, involved cooking and eating. If you're feeling thank-full like I am, make superfood smoothies. Even though my Thanksgiving menu at home was mostly vegan (everything vegan but the turkey) I've been feeling fatigued from all of the fun events and family time. 

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Give the Gift of Tea

On my shopping list for those inclined to take tea instead of coffee is a beautiful box of tea by Palais des Thés. A gift box assortment of 8 single origin teas arrived on my doorstep the other day and within minutes my kettle whistled in jovial preparation! 

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SPICE UP THE HOLIDAYS: CINNAMON, NUTMEG & GINGER

Thanksgiving time has us all searching for recipes to cook, eat and share. Spice up your holiday with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. These romance enhancing spices please the senses and get you in the mood. Here's some inspiration for your Thanksgiving recipes.

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Love Soup

As Thanksgiving is at the end of the month, the kitchen beckons. I’m dreaming up side dishes and figuring out what to make for the gathering at my table. But menu planning requires something good to satisfy your belly and soul, so make a pot of nourishing soup while you plan your holiday feast.

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It's November

Here in Los Angeles, it's still warm and balmy. I wore a sundress to have dim sum at the newly reopened Empress Pavilion in Chinatown with my sweetheart, and while walking down Chung King Road to Hill Street, I bought a parasol to protect my face and bare skin from the sun's strong rays. 

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Black Rice Salad with Pomegranate, Cucumber & Oranges in Dijon Vinaigrette

Black rice. It's exotic and beautiful, earthy with flavor. I make a big bowlful, toss the sticky rice around, drizzle in the mustard vinaigrette, watch the rice loosen into shiny grains. The diced cucumber and pomegranate give it texture, the oranges, juice.

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Sweeter Than Honey

"L'shana tovah u'metukah," or as we now say simply, "l'shana tovah," the Hebrew wish for a sweet new year. Food shared during Rosh Hashanah is symbolic--- such as honey--- for a happy and prosperous new year. Typically honey is eaten with apples during this holiday. 

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Sensual Summery Sangria with a Juicy Twist

Bursting with juicy flavor, a twist on Spanish Sangria and the Italian Bellini fills your glasses with sensuality from the farmers' market using fresh seasonal produce. 

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