Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Its certainly not because of the triple digit heat or the annual brush fires burning out of control in Southern California. It is because Hatch Chile season is just around the corner! Yes, I love Hatch Chile season, because I love […]

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt is actually the ingredient list. Brown sugar + vanilla + yogurt = creamy and tangy goodness. As I am writing this the temperature outside is nearing 110°, and my entire duct system, furnace and air conditioner are being replaced. Considering the old Day and Night system was new when my parents […]

Olive Oil Cake with Pine Nuts and Currants

Olive Oil Cake with Pine Nuts and Currants

I’ve been teaching cooking classes at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, and recently we did a series on Italian regional cooking. One of the recipes that made an impression on me was a Tuscan Pine Nut Cake. Very moist and flavorful, this was the kind of cake to serve not just after a meal, […]

Spicy Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Spicy Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers #tryturkey

  Turkeys and I are good friends. Well, friends in the sense that I love to eat them up. So maybe frenemies is the better term, but either way I love turkey. From Succulent Spiced Turkey Carnitas,   to Mini Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers,     to Turkey Chili Pasta, and Cherry Chipotle Glazed Turkey […]

Cilantro Pesto Sauce

Cilantro Pesto

  Basil does not have a lock on pesto. Pesto can be made with any number of herbs, nuts and green vegetables. In this case, cilantro and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) take the lead in this Cilantro Pesto Sauce. While the flavor profile of this pesto is very different than basil pesto, it can be used in […]