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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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Shiitake Mushroom Salsa with Wonton Chips

Shiitake Mushroom Salsa with Wonton Chips Inspired by classic Mexican chips and salsa, this is a dressed up version with Asian flavors. This is an old recipe on the blog that I'm making new again. It first appeared here nearly ten years ago and while it feels a little odd to be recycling a ... Read More

Pan con Tomate

Pan Con Tomate You need just a handful of simple ingredients to make this classic Spanish breakfast or tapa (appetizer). This time of the year, whenever I see my parents the visit always includes a tour of their garden. One one side are my mother's succulents, a lot of which got their ... Read More

Fresh Cherry Olive Oil Bundt Cake

Fresh Cherry Olive Oil Bundt Cake An olive oil cake loaded with fresh cherries is, for me, one of the best things about summer baking. When we moved into our little mountain home in Sun Valley, Idaho I outfitted my kitchen with some of my older appliances--stand mixer, hand mixer, pasta ... Read More

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad This salad looks unassuming but it's a flavor powerhouse. The best part--it comes together so quickly! Before the pandemic my weekly routine included frequent visits to Whole Foods Market. Even though it meant a larger crowd, I always timed my visits around ... Read More

Foolproof Stovetop Rice

Foolproof Stovetop Rice You don't need a rice cooker to cook perfect rice each time--here's how to do it. This year I made a personal commitment to try things outside of my comfort zone. Maybe reaching a milestone age some months ago has given me a new perspective on the [quick] passing of ... Read More

Egg Salad with Cottage Cheese

Egg Salad with Cottage Cheese Cottage cheese gives a classic egg salad a little something extra. The fresh herbs lend a welcome springy punch. I sat in front of the television with my husband as he flipped through channels recently. He stopped when colorful pocket knives appeared on the ... Read More