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

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Vegetable Paella with Shiitake Bacon

Vegetable Paella with Shiitake Bacon Seafood and chorizo aren't necessary for a great paella but there are important elements to make sure you get tasty and satisfying results every time, socarrat and all. I share them here along with this fall-inspired vegetable paella topped with my favorite ... Read More

Baked Turon – Filipino Banana Spring Rolls

Baked Turon | Filipino Banana Spring Rolls Merienda, a late morning or afternoon snack, is a Philippine tradition and Turon is a popular snack time treat. My version of the classic banana spring roll is baked so you can enjoy all the goodness without the deep-fried guilt.  Merienda, ... Read More

Filipino Chicken Adobo

Filipino Chicken Adobo A good Filipino adobo is all about the proper vinegar/soy sauce ratio. I also share some cooking tips to make this throw-it-all-in-the-pot recipe a winner. I woke up this morning with a dry, itchy throat. I had been dreading this since the past weekend when I first ... Read More

Spaghetti with Toasted Garlic, Breadcrumbs and Herbs

Spaghetti with Toasted Garlic, Breadcrumbs and Herbs A humble pasta dish with toasted garlic, toasted breadcrumbs and two kinds of herbs--sometimes less really is more. One of the first countries I visited as a new traveler twenty years ago was Italy. Like for most people, the country had ... Read More

Roasted Fig, Gorgonzola and Crispy Salami Crostini

Roasted Fig, Gorgonzola and Crispy Salami Crostini Sweet roasted figs, sharp and salty gorgonzola, syrupy balsamic vinegar and crispy salami make for party-worthy crostini. For the past week, I've spent a little time here and there tidying up my succulent garden. The summer heat has left a ... Read More

Mushroom Pâté

Mushroom Pâté Made with two kinds of mushrooms, walnuts and sage, this pâté is rich, refined, easy to prepare and it's vegan. It will be just the thing to serve on your holiday table that will make both vegetarians and carnivores happy. At around this time two years ago my husband and I ... Read More