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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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Baked Dijon Mustard-Lemon Chicken and Mashed Cauliflower

Baked Dijon Mustard-Lemon Chicken and Mashed Cauliflower This chicken recipe checks off all the important things for dinner: it's easy, healthy and best of all, super tasty. After plating our dinner a few days ago I quickly snapped a shot, posted it to my Instagram account and promptly ... Read More

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Adobo

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Adobo In this version of pressure cooker Filipino adobo the chicken is cooked whole. You get all the wonderful adobo flavor and sauce while all parts of the chicken are perfectly cooked without falling apart. An already simple, straightforward dish like Filipino ... Read More

Vegan Zucchini Bread

Vegan Zucchini Bread We all need a solid quick bread recipe in our baking arsenal and if you are still in search of a go-to for zucchini bread, this might be the one for you. This is vegan but it's every bit as good as one made with dairy and eggs. I don't have a vegetable garden so I've ... Read More

Sourdough Almond Rolls

Sourdough Almond Rolls Inspired by two of my favorite treats--cinnamon rolls and almond croissants--these sourdough rolls are light on butter but with all the lovely almond flavor I love. Five days ago our 18-year old cat, Pilot, took his last breath at home. I'd like to say that he passed ... Read More

Instant Pot French-Style Ribs

Instant Pot French-Style Ribs These ribs are different than the American ribs we're used to. Instead of traditional barbecue sauce these are slathered with an herb-loaded vinaigrette. The sweetness is still here and it's been a proven crowd-pleaser. Today is the first day of summer and ... Read More

Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies These cookies are perfect for when you want a quick, tasty, less-guilt sweet treat. Just mix in a bowl and bake. I'll be the first to tell you that these cookies probably won't win any blue ribbons at your local fair. They have no butter, no eggs and ... Read More