We are a big rice family, mostly because I am a big rice gal. Rice is definitely my favorite side, so my family is subjected to it a lot. I can eat rice completely plain. A drizzle of tamari and sriracha definitely brightens it up, but I’m not picky.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
These roasted summer vegetables are perfect for a family dinner and the lemon Tahini dressing adds a fun Middle Eastern flare.
So my babies went back to school today! They are both attending the same school for one year (high school) and then my son Jake flies the coop and heads to college. It was so fun watching them leave for school together. Jake is driving Eva and her “bestie”. My goodness where did all the time go? They seem so adult!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Virtually Homemade - Easy Sweet and Spicy Mexican Slaw
It’s one week until school starts and I have officially hit the proverbial wall! I have been hit with piles of back to school forms, volunteering requests, sports pick up and drop offs, etc. As well, I have been struggling with my new gluten and dairy free diet restrictions, as well as some other health issues that have come to light. Plus, it’s been a really warm summer in San Diego that keeps me from wanting to cook. A huge problem for a food blogger!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The most amazing thing happened while I was photographing this flatbread; my 17 year old son said “Mom that looks amazing – so summery”. What? My 17 year old paid me a compliment? That just made my day.
I do agree with him. This flatbread with grilled shrimp and cilantro pesto is super summery. It’s light, crunchy and herbaceous. Organic cherry tomatoes along with goat cheese help create a beautiful and tasty lunch or dinner.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This lime margarita with a swirl of sangria is just about the most refreshing summer cocktail I’ve ever had! The addition of Casa Noble tequila takes it to the next level of margarita heaven! #NationalTequilaDay #TequilaDay
Last week I was on vacation in Victoria, British Columbia. My in-laws own a lake house just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. It’s one of the most relaxing places on Earth. I literally wake up in the morning and have only a few concerns – how much time I should spend on the dock, lying on a lounge chair, soaking up the sun, staring at the water and enjoying my favorite summer novel. Sometimes I throw a hike and dinner prep into the mix.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
There are three flavors that just sing summer to me; tomatoes, basil and corn. The perfect warm weather trifecta. Not only do I love the taste of these foods, but I also love the smell. Basil is obvious. That sweet herbaceous anis scent suggests wonderful dishes such as Caprese salad or pesto on fresh pasta.
The smell of fresh tomatoes and corn is a little less obvious. The specific aroma of corn silk while shucking the ears brings me back to childhood and performing this simple task on our back step to help my Mom out while making dinner. As well, I don’t love the smell of tomatoes specifically. I love the smell of tomato plants and the warm red fruit plucked on a beautiful sunny day.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I call this my pretty post. Blackberries are so photogenic and the deep violet color of this homemade blackberry syrup is beyond gorgeous – nature at it’s best.
Every summer my daughter dusts off our snow cone machine and indulges in this refreshing summer treat on a daily basis. Just so she’s not always using sugar laden syrups, I’ll make a few fresh fruit syrups to keep her going all summer long (Fresh Raspberry Lemonade Snow Cones).
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
This spicy and sweet Mexican cole slaw will brighten up any summer dinner with vivid colors and flavors.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Nothing says 4th of July more than a good backyard barbecue. Hamburgers and hot dogs are always fun and what better accompaniment than traditional potato salad. I know that everyone has their own version of potato salad that they love and adore, but for me this recipe prepared by my Mom is the best.