Posts in Home Cooking
Espresso Smoothie {RECIPE}

I've always found the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to be so intoxicating. Perhaps it's just the idea of coffee that appeals to us tea drinkers, but the actual taste lacks that verve we were so promised. Like that handsome Italian boy that seduced you during your Roman holiday adventure, he didn't quite live up those romantic words he whispered in your ear, but you fell for it anyway.

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Valentine's Day {RECIPE}

Sometimes we finish each other's sandwiches. (That's a Frozen quote.) Sentences, sandwiches, and strawberries. We have a lot of things that we share, romantic and ordinary.

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Breakfast in Bed | Valentine's Day Ideas

Breakfast in bed could be a good way to begin your Valentine’s Day this Sunday. A handwritten love note, your sweetheart’s favorite breakfast, hot tea or coffee, fresh juice. If you haven’t found the perfect gift, this breakfast in bed plan may suffice. Omelette? Breakfast bowl with coconut yogurt, fresh berries, cacao nibs? Strawberries? Dip them in dark chocolate. 

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Sunday Supper

On Sunday I look forward to making a family dinner. The farmers' market is open in the morning, and that gives time to shop for fresh produce, plan a menu and cook. As I'm in the kitchen preparing a meal for my family, I recall the Ang Lee film, Eat Drink Man Woman. The scene opens with a the main character preparing Sunday dinner for his family.

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Homemade Veggie Tamales

The holiday season in Los Angeles means tamales are made by grandmas, mothers, daughters, and sometimes the entire family. Living near a Mexican mercado, the masa and corn husks are displayed in abundance, as the time to bring family together means putting tamales on the table. 

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Chocolate Truffles

These chocolate truffles are one of the simplest raw vegan treats to make. They're lovely to look at, full of delicious ingredients, with a rich, decadent taste. I think this recipe may cause me to introduce the catch phrase "naughty and nice eating" (and I'm sure Santa isn't into 'clean eating' anyway). Maybe leave some of these truffles with those cookies and milk by the Christmas tree? 

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Hot Chocolate

Chocolate. Its temptation, dark, rich, like a forbidden kiss, lingers on the tongue and exists in our memory, where it lives forever. We remember our first taste. A piece stolen from the fridge in the middle of the night. A chocolate bar given to us as a child. A box of truffles for Valentine's Day. 

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The Blonde Salad

Earlier this year I became fascinated with The Blonde Salad. I’m not talking about an actual salad, but an Italian fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni, who's blog, The Blonde Salad, began with a simple post of her in the nude holding a naked Barbie doll (head and shoulders view, of course.)

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Farmers' Market Inspiration: Roasted Carrots {RECIPE}

Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite cooking methods come fall and winter months. This recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish as well as a Sunday dinner at home. Carrots are the sweetest just plucked from the earth. My local farmers' market inspired this fresh out of the grocery tote and into the roasting pan recipe. 

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Love is All You Need in a Breakfast Bowl {RECIPE}

I’VE BEEN IN THE MOOD for overnight oats. It’s easy to make, all ready to eat by morning, and absolutely delicious whether I’m on the go or have a moment to savor breakfast awhile. I’ve made different recipes so far using oats as a base, but creating and discovering new flavor mixtures has become even better because I’ve added buckwheat.

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Luscious Lemon Cheesecake {raw vegan recipe}

One of my favorite desserts is lemon cheesecake with an irresistibly luscious tangy lemon flavor. I'm not saying that because I want to tempt you with this raw vegan recipe, because even the best cheesecakes cannot compare to the fresh taste of this lemon cheesecake, so convincing is not necessary. Nothing but good stuff is involved here, though you'll think you're being naughty. 

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CanBech Gourmet Giveaway & Kitchen Inspiration

I've been inspired in the kitchen by CanBech sweet sauce. These little jars arrived all the way from Fontanilles, Spain, to my door in Los Angeles. Intrigued by these sweet sauces (or what I'd call jelly) I began opening each package.

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A Midsummer Night's Dinner: Cold Sesame Noodles {RECIPE}

It's a hot summer day. The sky is brilliant blue and birds are singing. July heat. I'm drinking a lot of coconut water mixed with sparkling soda and a squeeze of lime while planting in my garden, hands in the soil. The kids will be home from camp later (and they are always hungry!). I'm too hot (and lazy) to cook anything up tonight. The backyard patio is the place to dine on nights like this, with a big bowl of cold sesame noodles for everyone to share.

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My Steamy Egg Fantasy {RECIPE}

There's something sensual about feeling the weight of an egg in my hand. I cradle it carefully with my fingers, caressing the cool delicate shell before cracking the egg open, allowing the gelatinous white to spill out. The slippery yolk settles within the bottom of the mixing bowl. It looks completely circular and perfect.

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Thai Tom Yum Vegetable Soup

Thai soups are plentiful in their many variations and flavors. The base of this vegetarian soup recipe, known as Tom Yum, is lemongrass, galangal root, lime juice and kaffir lime leaves, plus tomato and spices. I simply used whatever veggies I had at home--- bok choy, broccoli, tomato, orange and red sweet peppers, zucchini--- and I just could not resist adding coconut milk. I tend to shop at Asian supermarkets as I love the selection of vegetables. 

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Aphrodisiac for Wellness: Turmeric Almond Milk Chai Lattes

This turmeric milk tea recipe is a soothing, warm and comforting chai latte made with turmeric, fresh ginger, manuka honey, homemade almond milk and chai spice.

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How To Make Veggie Breakfast Wraps Without a Recipe

I've been a little obsessed with this supermarket in my neighborhood. It's definitely not at Whole Foods level by any means--- and quite thankfully there aren't constant eyefuls of gluten-free, organic, farm fresh, dairy-free, vegan reminders to prod health-oriented purchases--- but it has me captivated nonetheless. Perhaps it's the choice of music they play --- The Bee Gees, Barry White, Earth, Wind and Fire --- while I scoop up a bounty of avocados into my bag for .79¢ each. 

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Chai Impérial Pears

This is one of the most elegant desserts to make. It may take an afternoon or a day to poach these pears properly, but the rest of it is absolutely simple. I wanted to feature the beauty of tea in a dessert, so pears gently poached and steeped in chai tea was the perfect recipe. Palais des Thés Chai Impérial is a delicate black tea blend paired with an aromatic melange of green cardamom, pink peppercorns, cinnamon, ginger and orange zest.

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La Primavera Frangipane Tarte

In celebration of spring, I've been creating recipes using edible flowers and experimenting with desserts. This tart was inspired by a raw vegan dessert cookbook and the beauty of all the flowers in my garden. The orange tree in my garden bloomed a few weeks ago in a magnificent perfume of orange blossoms. It seemed so sudden, but the fragrance! I'd open the sliding door wide to the backyard and the beautiful smell filled the house.

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