the safest catch tuna.

I consider myself a “conscious omnivore” – we try to eat organic and local whenever possible, and the meat that we consume is of the highest quality we can afford, from small farms in the area.  Truth be told, my husband and I have considered cutting meat out of our diets on various occasions, but […]

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me versus the meringue.

My father-in-law is the undisputed king of meringue in the family – I’ve never seen someone whip up a batch so effortlessly.  I always get nervous when making meringue – will it be too dry? Too tacky? It’s a crapshoot every time, at least for me.  But when I saw these gorgeous organic raspberries at […]

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nigella lawson’s decadent polenta cake

I don’t really watch a lot of cooking television, but I happened upon an episode of Nigella Lawson’s show where she made this simple cake with lemon drizzle that literally made my mouth water.  This recipe has always stuck in my mind, but I never really got around to trying it, until Jules brought home […]

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salt of the earth (and sea).

I have long been an avoider of salt.  My friend Cindy once followed me around the kitchen with the salt, seasoning behind me because I tend to make things a little on the bland side. I’m a bit of a unicorn in terms of my culture, as Filipinos tend to prefer things pretty salty, but […]

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How To (Host) Brunch Like A Boss

Nothing kicks off a Saturday morning like a perfectly presented Eggs Benedict and a spicy Bloody Mary, but standing in a brunch gridlock line is definitely not the best use of precious weekend time. Ditch your usual plans without missing out on bottomless mimosas or friend facetime – round up your squad and host a […]

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vegan mac and cheese for amy

My friend, we’ll call her Amy, has been struggling with digestion issues, and has been advised to avoid dairy.  As an avid lover of dairy myself, also the wife of a French guy who can eat dairy all day long with no incident, I was initially skeptical that I could make anything vegan that resembled […]

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you say tomato, i say yum! {france}

One of my fondest childhood memories of my sister, Veronica, involves her gleefully eating tomatoes straight off of the vine.  Our grandfather was quite the gardener, and kept strawberries, pomegranates, apples, mandarins, plums, and tomatoes growing around our house in San Diego.  Veronica was our grandfather’s shadow – wherever he was, she was – so […]

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Springtime = Scafata

When winter finally packs its bags, it’s time to keep an eye out for the first spring vegetable bounty.  Tender baby artichokes, spring onions, and favas are some of my favorite seasonal veggies and when I am able to get them straight from the farmer’s market, I don’t have to do too much to enjoy […]

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