Grilled Corn & Cactus Salad


Grilled Corn & Cactus Salad In the middle of summer, I’m not thinking of beaches or surfing, but corn on-the-cob! I love corn any time of year but when it’s farm-fresh and sweet off the cob, it’s really the best. As a kid, my family would buy giant bushel bags from a local farmer and [...]

Grilled Corn & Cactus Salad2020-07-21T17:57:28+00:00

Grilled Carrots & Leeks with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pesto


Grilled Carrots & Leeks with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pesto We are finally in March which means spring is nearly around the corner! To me, Spring is that great time of the year when the weather is not too cold and hopefully not too hot. Since we can expect warmer weather, the pleasant sunny days [...]

Grilled Carrots & Leeks with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pesto2020-07-08T22:01:32+00:00

Pesto Spirals


Pesto Spirals How often do you sit down at a restaurant and stuff yourself with bread or breadsticks before your meal even hits the table? As an owner/chef/operator, the idea of giving guests something free sounds like good customer service, whether it’s a bread basket, chips and salsa, peanuts, popcorn, or some other low-cost snack. [...]

Pesto Spirals2020-07-08T22:06:18+00:00

Breakfast All Day, Everyday


Breakfast All Day, Everyday I am entirely a breakfast fanatic. To me, breakfast is like this universal magical meal that can be enjoyed for lunch (thankfully there is something called "Brunch") or even for dinner. Eggs are a staple in my breakfast dishes for their good source of protein and healthy fats. And I can [...]

Breakfast All Day, Everyday2020-07-08T22:00:09+00:00

Roasted Acorn Squash with Crispy Pork Belly and Creamy Garlic Sauce


Roasted Acorn Squash with Crispy Pork Belly and Creamy Garlic Sauce Nothing says Fall like squash! Though the ubiquitous butternut squash has had a starring role in our raviolis, soups, and salads, I prefer some of the other varieties - acorn and kabocha to name a few. In this recipe, I've roasted up some lovely [...]

Roasted Acorn Squash with Crispy Pork Belly and Creamy Garlic Sauce2020-07-08T22:05:05+00:00

Beet Salad with Couscous, Harissa & Feta


Beet Salad with Couscous, Harissa & Feta At home, I have at least 10 different hot sauces and chile pastes in my fridge. Whether Latin or Asian, I love them all. One chile sauce that’s been getting pretty popular the last few years is Harissa. Originally from Tunisia in Northern Africa, but enjoyed throughout the [...]

Beet Salad with Couscous, Harissa & Feta2020-07-08T22:08:03+00:00

Armanino Artichoke Dip Pizza


Armanino Artichoke Dip Pizza Spinach Artichoke “Dip” Pizza Go to any casual restaurant and you’re almost sure to find a version of artichoke dip on the menu. Whether it’s made with spinach or onions or mushrooms, homemade or from the freezer, it’s a fan favorite at home too. I’ll admit I could polish [...]

Armanino Artichoke Dip Pizza2019-02-26T17:43:47+00:00

Mortar & Pestle


Back to My Roots Roasted Root Vegetable Soup Here in Northern California, the fall and winter isn’t quite as cold as I remember from my Midwestern childhood. But that doesn’t stop me from making all kinds of soups to warm the soul. My favorite soups are always hearty purees that can be enjoyed [...]

Mortar & Pestle2019-01-25T21:00:12+00:00
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