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Inspired by Local Flavors

My aim is to share uncomplicated, unfussy recipes with a healthy twist--perfect for everyday and for entertaining. Let's cook!

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This is where I share my love for succulents, home, entertaining and everything in between.

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Sourdough Rye English Muffins

Sourdough Rye English Muffins Wondering what to do with your sourdough discard? These English muffins minimize starter waste and they're the easiest bread recipe you'll have in your repertoire. Our 17-year old kitty has taken to demanding breakfast around 5:30 each morning. Without fail, ... Read More

Thai-Style Carrot Soup

Thai-Style Carrot Soup Silky and light with just enough creaminess to elevate a humble vegetable. Though subtle Asian touches play a supporting role, the carrots remain the star in this simple but winner of a soup. My husband was a serious skier for many years. I've heard all the stories ... Read More

Chicken, Quinoa and Vegetable Soup

Chicken, Quinoa and Vegetable Soup Soups are one of my go-tos for a quick, comforting meal and leftovers are always welcome. This one is packed with protein and vegetables with a pleasantly bright kick from lemon. Typical of Bay Area winters, the streaky clouds against the sky show no ... Read More

Cardamom Raisin Scones

Cardamom Raisin Scones The fragrance and mild spiciness of cardamom lends an exotic touch to these scones. The raisins anchor them as a classic tea time treat. Towards the end of 2018 I told myself that 2019 would be the year to conquer new frontiers, the year to push myself to do things ... Read More

Filipino Turkey Embutido (Meatloaf)

Filipino Turkey Embutido (Meatloaf) Embutido, or Filipino meatloaf, is a holiday tradition but it's so easy to prepare that there's no reason not to have it more often. The sausage and egg stuffing are optional and this version is a little leaner with ground turkey but this recipe would work ... Read More

Thai-Style Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Thai-Style Coconut Curry Chicken Soup This version of a Thai classic uses light coconut milk and ingredients that you can find at most local markets but the flavor is just as bold, comforting and authentic as the original. My husband and I spent the week between Christmas and New Year in ... Read More