blended iced coffee yumminess + a giveaway!

i had my bible study girls over for breakfast today.  i’d envisioned a nice peaceful meal outside until i heard lil G casually ask “what are those bugs doing out there?” turns out they weren’t bugs…but in fact, a swarm of bees!  run for the hills, batten down the hatches! then we were greeted by […]

cook. shoot. paint. eat. june 2013.

now i’ve done it. all this blogging about painting free furniture found on curbs or via craigslist curb alerts has created a few monsters within my circle of friends. so the time had come to bring a few of us together for the next installment of cook. shoot. eat. this time, we added some paint. […]

Farm to Feast :: organic fellowship

my discipleship group wound down today…as we prep for a summer filled with camps, swimming, camping, and beach, this incredibly awesome group of 6 women (with 21 kids amongst us!!!), are taking a little hiatus. so we all met at a friend’s in Newport Beach.  Kim is a talented and uber creative-in-the-kitchen woman who hosts […]

family style spaghetti dinner

my sisters from another mister are so good for my soul.  they know how to lift me up. on this particular day, they watched my kids so that i could run errands.  my post-errands plan was to quickly stop in, grab the kids, and get home! but life doesn’t work like that, does it? one […]

pink cupcakes

we had two precious friends with birthdays today. both named kate. both turned 10. so it was time to make some cupcakes. lil G suggested pink frosting. so i used the yummy frosting found at if you haven’t seen this amazing blog, you’ve GOT to check it out. Tiegan is a young woman who’s […]

egg white & veggie frittata

wow, Peilin Breller and Emily Ivey sure know how to make food look GOOD!  check out this frittata. i mean, it is delicious. but just look at that photo!  don’t lick the monitor…it’s very unbecoming. ok, here we go: heat oven to 375 i used a cute 5×8 dish for this one dice 1/2 sweet […]

spinach salad with mandarin oranges and pine nuts

my girlfriends Tricia and Sandra came by last week for another fun Cook. Shoot. Eat. party. the salad Tricia made was so delicious and she assured us it was very easy to make. Tricia is super stylish, has amazing skin, and blogs at baby spinach 1 can mandarin oranges craisins red onions feta cheese […]

Sweet and savory chicken chili

I’ve made Deanna’s famous chicken chili for so many events and always get fantastic feedback.  Here is the recipe that my dear friend Deanna created a few years ago.  I’ve added a few tweaks, but will still give Deanna full credit! It’s unique sweet and spicy taste is different than your typical salty chili…this recipe […]

fire roasted baby bok choy

have you ever seen such a thing? roasting baby bok choy over the fire? i learned this from my chef friend on a houseboat trip years ago. first of all, who brings baby bok choy on a house boat trip?  second of all, who’s fancy enough to grill it?  we certainly knew how to eat […]

simple apple crisp

this is a super easy recipe that my pal Darren‘s family has passed down for years. we baked it.  and before i even had a chance to return with my spoon, every morsel had been eaten. i guess it’s safe to say we loved it. 4 large apples-peeled, cored and sliced thinly 1/2 cup water […]

spicy asian style eggplant recipe

eggplant is a recent re-discovery for me.  i grew it in my backyard garden in LA several years ago, but had sort of forgotten about it when i met my hubby. he hates veggies. yes, i hide pureed veggies in his waffles.  don’t tell him. these are super easy. olive oil 1 Japanese eggplant (these […]

how to make fried rice

yay!  Chinese New Year is around the corner. 2013 is the year of the snake.  the Chinese calendar runs on 12 year cycles.  the last time we were in the year of the snake, i was running a dot com and didn’t need lululemon. i recently signed up to be room mom for a few months […]

Chinese wontons, Darth Vadar style

Chinese New Year is coming up, so we’re sharing some traditional, yet simple recipes with you! * Wontons are traditionally made with ground pork and shrimp. My mother doesn’t eat pork and so whenever I can substitute out pork, I try to do so – this way Mom can enjoy my cooking as I have […]

caramelized pear & onion, fig butter, & brie on rustic sourdough

my 3rd baby is due in 2 weeks. my preggers cravings have kicked in today!  a caramelized pear, onion, brie with fig butter on sourdough sounded so good, that i had to whip it together. so so so so good! first you heat up an iron skillet with a touch of butter and a tad […]

pumpkin cranberry bread – perfect holiday bread

How a smell brings back memories… It seems I’ve made this bread every fall/winter for the past 15 years. I got the recipe from my friend, Sandy Krogh, an accomplished home economist and food stylist and one of my earliest mentors. Sandy and I would travel to various Pardee Homes sites (thanks to Open Line […]