Eggplant–The Most Versatile Veg You’re Not Cooking

The calendar may say October, but here in sunny southern California summer produce is still in plentiful. Pumpkins are everywhere, but the LA farmers markets are still tempting us with their heirloom tomatoes, shelling beans, stone fruit, and berries. We also find ourselves enjoying the final month or so of eggplant season. Get excited because… Continue reading Eggplant–The Most Versatile Veg You’re Not Cooking

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and Butternut Squash Stir-fry with Shredded Chicken, Red Peppers, Mango, and Cashews

Perhaps an unexpected combination of vegetables, this salad dances the line between sweet, savory, and sour. Hitting all notes perfectly. The chopped red cabbage provides crunch and a slight bitterness which pairs perfectly with the sweet butternut squash, and bright, juicy mango. In addition, the red pepper creates the slightest bit of spice and further… Continue reading Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and Butternut Squash Stir-fry with Shredded Chicken, Red Peppers, Mango, and Cashews

Everyday Chocolate Cake with Melted Chocolate Glaze

This is a cake with an identity crisis. It’s known by dessert enthusiasts as Wacky Cake or Busy Day Chocolate Cake, but to me, its official moniker shall forever be Everyday Chocolate Cake. It takes nothing more than a quick mix right in the cake pan and it’s ready to pop in the oven. Chocolate… Continue reading Everyday Chocolate Cake with Melted Chocolate Glaze

Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

I’m a bit obsessed with coconut cake, or maybe it’s more the idea of coconut cake and the romantic notions of graceful southern living that I’m more enamored with. Really, I don’t care either way. A traditional dessert in southern American cooking, it’s nothing more than a simple vanilla cake sandwiched between tangy, sweet cream… Continue reading Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

Fresh Sweet Corn, Tomato, and Wild Arugula Summer Salad

Eating corn raw, straight from the cob is one of summer’s pleasures. Perfectly sun-sweetened tomatoes are another. Paired together on a bed of peppery wild arugula with fresh basil and doused in a bright red wine vinaigrette and I’d say you’ve got yourself a winner of a summer salad. Naturally sweet without any coaxing from… Continue reading Fresh Sweet Corn, Tomato, and Wild Arugula Summer Salad

Can Fast Food Be Good Food? Chipotle Says “Yes”

Fast food.  Healthy? Responsible? Even good? The Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle seems to think so. Is it possible to have a fast food company that seems to actually care about not only their customers and bottom line, but also the food they source and create and the environment?  Seems like a marketing scam to me. … Continue reading Can Fast Food Be Good Food? Chipotle Says “Yes”

Michael Pollan Answers the Most Common Food Questions

What really is the difference between organic and conventional produce/meat/dairy?  Is veganism for me?  Is soy better?  Local and seasonal eating? How to tell if your food is GMO…and so much more. Whatever sustainable food question you’ve posed in your head, chances are Pollan answers it in the latest article from The New York Times. … Continue reading Michael Pollan Answers the Most Common Food Questions