I love discovering new dishes and ingredients combined together in ways I have not experienced before, especially when the dish is good and memorable. Today I’m sharing with you an adapted recipe I learned from Chef Romney Steele of the famous Nepenthe restaurant in Big Sur, Ca. I recently participated in a cooking class with her and was tasked with making this soup. Although we were given copies of the recipe to take home, I misplaced mine and made this version from memory. It isn’t exactly the same, but close enough to what I remember it tasting like, which our entire group enjoyed. [click to continue…]
Next week school starts for my kids and in the famous words of late night comedian Jimmy Fallon, this is when the expressions on kids and parents faces switch places. We’ve had a good run of summer finding refuge on 90 degree plus heat at the beach under the shade of trees while the kids swim in the water until the sun sets. Not until this week did I need to bring a sweatshirt as the sun goes down earlier and one can tell the air feels slightly crisp with a light scent of autumn to accompany it. Fall is coming sooner than later and this means I can use my oven again without fear it increase the temperature in our house to unbearable sleeping conditions. [click to continue…]
In my teenage years I lived on a steady diet of regular Coke, chips, ice cream, and whatever else I wanted to eat… without much thought about the consequences. Keep in mind I had been a year round competitive athlete since I was a young kid and my metabolism probably neutralized the negative impact of excessive calories; I was still growing and my world revolved around playing sports. And like many teenagers I believed I was somewhat invincible. I had convinced myself the natural laws of aging would not apply to me, nor would they into the future.
In my early twenties I remained active playing in adult tennis and volleyball leagues still convinced I could still eat and drink whatever I wanted without much consequence. Then I got pregnant and everything changed. [click to continue…]
I have nothing really profound to say other than Happy Summer to you. I hope you’re enjoying the warmer temperatures and taking advantage of all the wonderful seasonal berries, fruit, and vegetables I see gracing farmers markets and grocery stores. I’m trying my best at keeping my sanity as I referee my kids between sibling squabbles and intentionally ignoring them to sometimes work it out for themselves. Abbi is turning 13 this Saturday, and I find myself in denial about how she is, in fact, her own person. I watched her for the first time at the park, leave our family table to go “hang out” with a group of friends which in the past has only been girls, and now was girls and boys transitioning from opposite gender awkwardness to the cusp of post-puberty maturity that I am still shaking my head about. When I asked Abbi if she was hungry, she politely declined while not making eye contact. Still processing this. [click to continue…]