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

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread A classic zucchini bread is hard to beat but a chocolate makeover elevates it from wholesome to wow. As I sit here waiting for a friend's arrival for a late afternoon hike, I'm enjoying a slice of this chocolate zucchini bread. It's probably not the best move to take ... Read More

Skillet Cornbread

Skillet Cornbread This cornbread can neither be called authentic Southern- nor Northern-style. It borrows my favorite qualities of both with a nice crust, gritty texture and light sweetness. The words wouldn't come. I've tried to write this post several times--type, delete, walk away, type, ... Read More

Green Chile Chicken Soup

Green Chile Chicken Soup Substantial enough for winter but with the bright flavors of spring and summer, this is a year-round chicken soup. We Californians can be silly about the weather. A ten degree jump or drop in temperature has us switching between flip flops and fleece-lined boots. ... Read More

Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fried Noodles

Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fried Noodles Quick and easy food doesn't have to be bland and boring. These stir-fried noodles are packed with umami and come together in minutes. In my previous post you might have noticed my apologetic tone for sharing such a basic recipe using leftover rice. It was ... Read More

Spanish Rice using Leftover Rice

Spanish Rice using Leftover Rice You can have Spanish rice (Mexican rice) on the table in just a few minutes by using leftover rice. It works! If you're looking for exciting or fine dining level ideas, for the next few recipes in the lineup at least, you might be disappointed. Frankly, I'd ... Read More


Chilaquiles Chilaquiles, a classic Mexican breakfast dish, is a tasty way to use up all the leftovers from taco night. Make it as simple or as fancy as you like. In my takeaway bag from Christmas with my family were two jars of homemade salsa made by my sister. My sister has become somewhat ... Read More