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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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Apple-Grape Galette

Apple-Grape Galette Lightly spiced and with the natural sweetness of the apples and grapes with a crumbly, flaky crust this galette has all the homey goodness of a classic apple pie. The light snoring of my 17-year old cat snoozing next to me was the only sound in the house and music to my ... Read More

Fig-Vanilla Buttermilk Scones

Fig-Vanilla Buttermilk Scones Golden, craggy and tall, not too sweet, flavored with figs and vanilla, these buttermilk scones are a tasty mash-up of the American and British cousins. It has been one of those frenetic weeks around here, things happening all at once, having to run from one ... Read More

Essential Tools for your Succulent Garden

Essential Tools for your Succulent Garden My succulent tool kit includes both conventional garden tools and other handy items you might not expect. Find out what they are and how I use them. When my husband began to see that the succulent bug might become a long-term condition, he gifted to ... Read More

Vegetable Paella with Shiitake Bacon

Vegetable Paella with Shiitake Bacon Seafood and chorizo aren't necessary for a great paella but there are important elements to make sure you get tasty and satisfying results every time, socarrat and all. I share them here along with this fall-inspired vegetable paella topped with my favorite ... Read More

Baked Turon – Filipino Banana Spring Rolls

Baked Turon | Filipino Banana Spring Rolls Merienda, a late morning or afternoon snack, is a Philippine tradition and Turon is a popular snack time treat. My version of the classic banana spring roll is baked so you can enjoy all the goodness without the deep-fried guilt.  Merienda, ... Read More

Filipino Chicken Adobo

Filipino Chicken Adobo A good Filipino adobo is all about the proper vinegar/soy sauce ratio. I also share some cooking tips to make this throw-it-all-in-the-pot recipe a winner. I woke up this morning with a dry, itchy throat. I had been dreading this since the past weekend when I first ... Read More