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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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Home + Garden

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

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Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies These cookies are perfect for when you want a quick, tasty, less-guilt sweet treat. Just mix in a bowl and bake. I'll be the first to tell you that these cookies probably won't win any blue ribbons at your local fair. They have no butter, no eggs and ... Read More

How to Care for Aeoniums

How To Care for Aeoniums Aeoniums might not readily come to mind when new gardeners think of succulents but besides being a great waterwise plant, they are also decorative and are surprisingly easy to care for. Image 1 If you ... Read More

Tofu, Pea and Herb Fritters

Tofu, Pea and Herb Fritters Here's a spring-perfect way to enjoy tofu--turn them into fritters with peas and herbs. I used scallions and dill but use your favorite spring veggies and herbs. They're super easy, too. When you’re craving salmon cakes and crab cakes but you can’t shake ... Read More

Instant Pot Carnitas

Instant Pot Carnitas Carnitas made in the Instant Pot is the perfect no-fuss dish to prepare for a crowd. Meltingly tender, flavorful pork gets crisped up under the broiler and in just over an hour you are ready for a taco party. My husband and I were on full-on couch potato mode on a ... Read More

Pancit Palabok Made Easy

Pancit Palabok Made Easy This is one of the Philippines' most popular noodle dishes but it's usually saved for special occasions (or enjoyed as takeout) because of its reputation for being hard to make. My version is authentic, flavorful, skips the sodium-loaded flavor packets and bouillon cubes ... Read More