My Favorite Things #7

Pack your bags, peeps — vacation season 2015 has arrived! But living in San Diego, I’ve discovered that it’s ridiculously easy (not to mention FUN) to enjoy STAY-cations virtually every weekend. So I’m leaving my luggage in the closet for now, and dedicating this particular post to vacationing at home, wherever that may be … This Milagro’s Mayan Mule is a delightfully refreshing Mexican version of the…

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Tart

IT’S MAY ALREADY! How does time race by sooo quickly? And on May 2nd, Louisville’s Churchill Downs will host the Kentucky Derby for the 141st time. Just think — in a mere two minutes this Saturday afternoon, millions of dollars will be won, and millions will be lost. Countless millions of people will be glued to NBC to watch this spectacular race…

Tarragon Chicken Salad with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Hello Spring! Tree branches are bursting with bright green leaves. Warm, moist ground gives way to bulbs that spent the winter resting deep below, as they push toward the sun, transforming into yellow daffodils, pink tulips, violet hyacinths, and white jonquils. Warm, sunny days have arrived and there is no better time than now for celebrating mom with Mother’s Day Brunch,…

Peanut Butter-Honey-Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Granola bars are a pantry essential around this household, but it sure does seem to me that the ones I buy at the market these days continue to shrink whilst the price tag steadily rises. At the very least, I would be grateful to feel just a tad bit satiated after consuming one of those tiny little store-bought bites. So then, in part out of frustration and partially out of…

The 9-Minute Gourmet Grilled Cheese

I love me an epic grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. And I’d do about anything (other than missing a meal) to avoid a big sloppy mess in the kitchen, especially when I’m chasing the clock … which is pretty much every day. Therefore, a fast, one-skillet, two-utensil deliciously gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is often a welcome lunch. Thankfully I am a…

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Garlic Chicken, Lemon Bars & My Battle with The Barefoot Contessa

Rue the day — my man has fallen for another woman! A Contessa. A barefoot one. It’s wretchedly disgusting to witness him drooling over that dame. (I’m reasonably certain her name is Ina.) Perched in her beautifully appointed kitchen, Ina smiles and speaks every so gently to him as she whisks a glistening champagne vinaigrette, or delicately spoons a tantalizing sauce of shallots, lemons, white wine and cream onto…