Eats & Drinks
Modern French Kitchen Design & Californian Nicoise Salad Recipe

Modern French Kitchen Design & Californian Nicoise Salad Recipe

I have never been to Paris. It’s been on my list of travel desires for nearly two decades and I’ve somehow managed to find myself in many other places but. Thankfully I live in a city with countless local Parisian escapes, where I can pretend streets are made of cobblestone and that chic striped shirts and...
¡Fiesta! Cinco De Mayo Recipes & Entertaining For HGTV.COM

¡Fiesta! Cinco De Mayo Recipes & Entertaining For HGTV.COM

  Hola at me party peoples! Spring fiesta-timing is in full swing and this month I’ve been incredibly honored to be producing festive entertaining content for HGTV.com. Cinco De Mayo might be one of my favorite holidays eating/hosting-wise and living in Southern California certainly allows me to indulge in authentic Mexican culture any day of...
Health Warrior Recipe In A Box: Acai Berry Chia Bar Smoothie

Health Warrior Recipe In A Box: Acai Berry Chia Bar Smoothie

I am one lucky lucky, let me tell you! Over the past few years I’ve gotten some awesome surprise deliveries. Like the time 24 perfectly bubble-wrapped avocados arrived in need of a signature and a case of ol’ blue eyes showed up asking to be used in a new recipe….annnnd just recently this here “recipe...
Southwestern Kale Salad Recipe

Southwestern Kale Salad Recipe

Instagram continues to perplex me. I’m always surprised that my photos with the worst lighting during late night dinner prep are the ones that get some of the most positive responses and pleads for recipes. Sometimes a shocking amount more than any other (in my option, better looking) photos I take. I never think that...
Gonna Dress You Up In My Love: Four Easy Vinaigrette Recipes To Make Now

Gonna Dress You Up In My Love: Four Easy Vinaigrette Recipes To Make Now

You know what perplexes me? Salad dressing….in bottle form. It’s one of life’s unnecessary pantry occupiers. A secret money pit filled with too much salt, too little excitement and…well, I am here today celebrating the vida loca and three plus years sans store-bought dressing. That’s right, 100% scratch-ola vinaigrettes and I eat salads on the...
Feast Of The Seven Fishes: BBQ Oysters With Spicy Chipotle Mignonette

Feast Of The Seven Fishes: BBQ Oysters With Spicy Chipotle Mignonette

Recently the guys from The Table Set invited me to participate in something magical:  The Feast Of The Seven Fishes.  I’ve always wanted to put on a sea-feast of this magnitude around the holidays, but let’s be honest… I’m still recovering from my rendition of a deconstructed small-plate Thanksgiving… and a nontraditional Moroccan Christmas, for...
Holiday Bites III: Yam Sliders With Tangy Celery Salad

Holiday Bites III: Yam Sliders With Tangy Celery Salad

Sure Santa might be snoozing on a cot somewhere deep in the South Pacific by now, but holiday-timing is far from being over.  This week between family dinner parties, home town reunions and New Years toasts is peek time for those unexpected/last minute party appetizer needs. Yikes, right?! But now is not the time to...
Holiday Cocktail Hour With Nathan Hazard

Holiday Cocktail Hour With Nathan Hazard

  I’ve known Nathan Hazard for a while now and he’s made me plenty o’ cocktails. Works of art actually. He takes great pride in his craft. Each ingredient used is carefully sourced or created from scratch. Each drinking vessel is hand selected to accommodate the theme… And every cocktail he creates is surprising, unique...
Holiday Bites II: Chipotle Pumpkin Soup Shooters & Endive Pear Cups

Holiday Bites II: Chipotle Pumpkin Soup Shooters & Endive Pear Cups

Is there anything more comforting than soup this time of year? Okay maybe mac & cheese and a costco sized pie come in at a close second, but one thing is certain – nothing is more awkward than eating soup in mixed company… Specifically Phở. On a first date. Slurpage, long noodles and composed grace...
Holiday Bites: Chorizo & Tortilla Chip Stuffing Balls

Holiday Bites: Chorizo & Tortilla Chip Stuffing Balls

The heat is on! And by heat I don’t mean your gourd-roasting oven that’s a’blazin…I’m taking about the holiday peak season giving you those “neener neener” eye balls from around the corner. They are gazing, no taunting you with endless festivities in need of frolic worthy finger foods… Pressure much? Let’s face it – December...
Lobster Risotto Dinner Party: Recipe & Tabletop Design

Lobster Risotto Dinner Party: Recipe & Tabletop Design

Summer is still holding on tightly around these parts and you won’t hear me complaining about the extra weekend evenings eating outdoors. I am, however, feeling a bit conflicted. Romantically craving the crisp autumn air and heartier meals…but not quite ready to let go of the ridiculously flavorful tomatoes and beefy avocados that seem to...
Style Servings: Floral Denim, Wine Popsicles & Bloom Design For Your Home

Style Servings: Floral Denim, Wine Popsicles & Bloom Design For Your Home

I’m a pants kind of gal. There, I said it. I’m also really into this whole printed denim craze that’s taking over autumn. Leopard Print! Polka dots! Flooooooraaaaaals!!! Now, I know myself too well to get attached to such fleeting moments in fashion, so I pick trendy items with caution. Like test drive a pair...