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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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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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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spring rolls for (almost) springtime.

We had an amazing bout of beautiful weather over the weekend, and it put me into the mood for something light and refreshing.  One of my favorite things to eat are Vietnamese goi cuon, spring rolls often times made with shrimp and pork.  This version is made with a ceviche of scallops, chives, and spicy […]

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game day eats: hot “wings”

Ever get a hankering for bar food?  Oh man, I do.  When I was single and living in the middle of San Francisco, one of my favorite bars had the best bar menu, from tater tot nachos to fried chicken and waffles.  My friends and I used to meet up here for happy hour or post-dinner […]

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life changing crackers {gluten-free, paleo}

The amazing woman who owns the Pilates studio where I teach is a nutritionist and expert in cooking for people with numerous dietary restrictions.  I’ve been fortunate enough to get some of her advice for baking gluten-free and paleo, like which almond flour to buy and where to look for a crowd-pleasing paleo chocolate chip […]

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