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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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Orange-Raisin Sourdough Bread

Orange-Raisin Sourdough Bread A rustic sourdough loaf infused with citrus flavor and lightly sweetened with raisins. This is a slight modification on my go-to sourdough recipe . I've dabbled in sourdough baking for a few years ... Read More

Kumquat Marmalade

Kumquat Marmalade Kumquats are bountiful in my garden this time of year and next to popping them into my mouth right off the tree this ultra simple, small-batch kumquat marmalade is the next best way to enjoy them. It took a few years but my kumquat tree has hit her stride. Maybe it was ... Read More

Classic Pad Thai

Classic Pad Thai I find most restaurant Pad Thai to be too sweet. The key to a flavorful, well-balanced sauce is to mix your own. Find out how easy it is and how to make an authentic street vendor Pad Thai. Our Sunday morning mountain bike rides along the cliffs in Santa Cruz almost ... Read More

Savory Sourdough Popovers

Savory Sourdough Popovers These savory popovers are a tasty way to use up your sourdough discard. They have the added bonus of being company-worthy; your guests will never guess how easy they are to make. Ida, my sourdough starter, turned four years old this month. I've shared my starter ... Read More

Spanish Tortilla with Soyrizo

Spanish Tortilla with Soyrizo Traditional Spanish Tortillas (omelettes) are cooked with potatoes. This one is made heartier and gets a meatless flavor boost with the addition of soyrizo. For all my talk of being part-time plant-based, I'm coming to accept that I might never be able to do ... Read More

Filipino Fresh Lumpia (Lumpiang Sariwa)

Filipino Fresh Lumpia (Lumpiang Sariwa) My blog is nine years old today and I'm celebrating with Fresh Lumpia. Stir-fried vegetables wrapped in a homemade crepe and topped with a lightly sweet sauce and crushed peanuts. With tips from my mom and my own twists you might not find this recipe ... Read More