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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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Lemon Scones

Lemon Scones Scones might just be my favorite midday treat. This latest batch is loaded with lemon flavor whether you enjoy them plain or glazed. Which version would you prefer? I'll let you in on a secret. When I bake scones it means that my original baking plans have been foiled. Scones ... Read More


Mujadara Mujadara is one of the tastiest ways to enjoy lentils and rice. This shortcut version uses mostly already-cooked components but the results are just as satisfying. If you had a chance to see my recipe for lentils a few days ago then you saw the teaser image I shared about my ... Read More

How to Cook Lentils

How to Cook Lentils Prepare a batch of lentils and enjoy them several ways throughout the week. In this post I share my two favorite lentils and how to cook them. It would feel like breaking food blogger protocol not to share a healthy recipe after the first of the year but don't let me ... Read More

Cornbread Bites

Cornbread Bites These bite-sized cornbread muffins are loaded with cheese, corn and sweet Italian sausage but feel free to make them your own with your favorite additions. One of my friends decided to throw together a last-minute party right after Christmas. She mentioned her plans for a ... Read More

Miso Stir-Fried Noodles (Vegan)

Miso Stir-Fried Noodles (Vegan) Miso paste is not just for soup. Here I've used boxed pasta and a handful of pantry items to create a flavorful stir-fried dish in just a few minutes. The countdown is on for Christmas--are you ready? Me, not quite yet. But let's face it, I've never been ... Read More

Instant Pot Arroz Caldo

Instant Pot Arroz Caldo Arroz caldo, Filipino chicken and rice soup/porridge, is the ultimate comfort food. Here are my tips for preparing it in the Instant Pot. It's been a doozy of a year and to be quite frank, I'm looking forward to 2019 being behind us. My husband and I lost two ... Read More