Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

When my husband snuck a spoon into the soup pot and gave a “WHOOOO!”, I knew this soup would be a tad too spicy for me, but just right for him and probably all of the people I share the recipe with. Mark has the...

Jalapeño Cornbread with Honey-Lime Butter

Jalapeno Cornbread

My husband and I spent pretty much the entire weekend in swimsuits, walking along the beach, napping in the warm sun, and dining out around where we were staying in Pismo Beach. That’s why, once Sunday rolled around and we were back home, I was feeling a little winded...

Honey Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Tarragon Butter

Honey Roast Chicken Lemon Tarragon

One of the things I most look forward to every Sunday night – other than watching our recorded episode of The Soup – is thinking about what to make for dinner in the coming week. I try to keep the dishes reasonably-sized, seeing as Mark and I are only...

Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffins

For the past five days, all day, every day, I’ve been eating out. Terrible, I know. But, my in-laws are in town, and because that’s what they like to do and we love them, we do it. There are worse things in the world...

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

To all vegetarians, this is a warning: you may want to look away. The above image may be considered disturbing and may tempt you to return to your past life of luscious, meaty indulgence. You may experience loss of control and trouble keeping your tongue...

Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Avocado Relish

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Living in California, we’re lucky enough to be able to grill pretty much any day of the year, and whenever the mood strikes we can throw a few chicken breasts or steaks on the grill and have a delicious dinner in minutes. Without a doubt,...

Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion dip

This dip presented a problem. I had worked so hard on my self-control after the Molten Chocolate Cakes incident, and this dip had to come along and ruin it. Or rather, after squelching my craving for onion dip for over a week, thinking it would pass, I dashed...

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

focaccia

Knowing a little more about what we eat and where it came from not only enriches your mind but helps you make smarter choices. That’s why, when you cook, it’s fun to be able to choose what you put into your food and create it...

Herb Roasted Potatoes & Pearl Onions

Roasted Potatoes and Pearl Onions

Have you ever added a new ingredient or spice to a dish you’ve always loved, and found out that it’s even better with the addition? Take, for example, roasted potatoes. Good with meatloaf, roast chicken, pork tenderloin… pretty much any meal! Roasted potatoes have...

Asparagus with Parmesan & Gruyère Sauce

Asparagus with Parmesan Sauce

For some reason, asparagus was a vegetable I was never introduced to as a kid. Sure, we had plenty of corn, broccoli and potatoes, but as far as I can remember, the long, lanky vegetable never made it into my mother’s kitchen, and because...