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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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Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins

Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins My favorite sourdough English muffin recipe gets a cinnamon-raisin makeover and it's even easier than the original. The world has changed in what feels like just a matter of days and being glued to the news for the past couple of days hasn't ... Read More

Bibingka (Filipino Coconut-Rice Cake)

Bibingka (Filipino Coconut-Rice Cake) This bibingka recipe yields a lighter, airier cake but with all the buttery, coconuty goodness of the original--fit for celebrating ten years of blogging! It hardly seems right to be celebrating something in light of what's going on in the world right ... Read More

Apple Cheddar Bread

Apple Cheddar Bread This simple quick bread embraces both savory and sweet, loaded with apples and cheddar, making for a most satisfying breakfast or afternoon snack. Covid-19 is hitting closer to home with each passing day. Schools have begun to close here in the Bay Area and--I had to ... Read More

Sourdough Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

Sourdough Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread My childhood favorite cinnamon-raisin bread gets a sourdough makeover and it might just be better than the original. If there ever was a recipe that I wanted to convert to sourdough it's this one, hands down. As a kid I loved the grocery store sliced ... Read More

Kimchi Fried Rice with Smoked Trout

Kimchi Fried Rice with Smoked Trout Scraps and bits of a handful of ingredients make for the best fried rice. This one uses kimchi, dry smoked trout and my own spicy chili sauce for extra flavor but from minimal effort. It’s been a month and a half since my last post even though I’ve had ... Read More

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