Roasted Pepper & Eggplant Gazpacho (Grain-Free)

I have long been a huge fan of gazpacho.  It’s just so fresh, and the flavors, to me, are the essence of summer.  In light of our recent news, I thought it would be fun share a couple of my favorite Spanish-inspired recipes with you this week.  So let’s start with Roasted Pepper & Eggplant […]

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When Dreams Come True

This was a surprisingly difficult post for me to write.  And it turns out that I had a lot to say.  So please make yourself a cup of coffee and get comfortable.  Let’s talk about when dreams come true. I am very aware of– and so grateful for– all of the many good things that […]

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Eating Well & Helping Others

Hi Everyone!  Just a quick reminder that I’m doing a fundraiser for Heifer International right now– and it’s almost over! Half of all proceeds from both my cookbook and Pruned: Blossoming Through Life’s Difficult Seasons  by August 21st will be donated to Heifer International.  This is such a fantastic organization, and I love the way […]

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Quick & Easy Plum Wine

If you could describe the essence of this summer for you, what would it look like?  For me this year, it’s drinking plum wine at the beach. We picked some wild plums last month, and quickly turned them into an easy wine.  And on every sunny evening available to us, we have been packing up […]

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Chocolate Black Beans with Oranges and Cinnamon

Have you had Chocolate Black Beans before?  If not, you are in for a big treat.  This is my favorite way to prepare black beans to go with Mexican or other Latin American food.  I enjoyed so much amazing Latin American food in Los Angeles, and I honestly can’t remember where I got the idea […]

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A Sunday Ramble in Pin Mill

One of my favorite things about living in England is the ease of finding interesting, natural places to visit– and with great walking paths built in.  A place that my family goes back to again and again is Pin Mill.  Pin Mill is a hamlet on the banks of the River Orr, and has a […]

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Super Quick!)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again– warm weather makes me crave certain flavors.  And usually ones that I enjoyed while living in Los Angeles.  I have had a lot of hankerings for Mexican / Central American food lately.  I was thrilled to find tomatillos at the organic stand at our local market […]

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Thai Grilled Chicken With Lemongrass, Basil and Lime

Which sorts of flavors do you crave when it’s hot out?  For me, it’s a tie between Central American and Southeast Asian.  And we’ve been alternating the two at our house lately.  Yesterday I had an intense craving for some pungent Asian flavors.  But I wanted something light– not like curry, but more reminiscent of […]

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My Cookbook: And Here We Are At The Table

Hi everyone!  I’m so pleased and excited to announce that my cookbook is now here! It has been such a joy to put all of these recipes together for you, and to share so many stories and memories that go with them.  I hope that it will inspire many wonderful memories and meals in your […]

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