Shortbread Cookies for Mom

Drinking tea before bed is a time-honored tradition with the women in my family. As long as I can remember, my mom, aunts and grandmother always made a cup of Lipton‘s tea with a dash of milk – sometimes accompanied by a cookie. When my mom helped me move into my LA apartment, the first…

Grilled Artichokes

It’s artichoke season! March through May is the most popular time for artichokes and I try and get my hands on as many as possible! These spiky little green balls can be intimidating at first, but are so delicious once you figure out the best way to cook them. One of my favorite ways is…

Sauteed Zucchini with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

I hated zucchini my whole life – all squash for that matter. My boss gave me some huge zucchini from her garden and I had no idea what to do with them but didn’t want to say ‘no thanks’. I decided to mix it with my favorite vegetable- tomato, and my favorite herb – basil,…

Easy-Peasy Picnic

I was so excited to go on a picnic with my friends this weekend. I normally would have loved to whip up some fun sandwiches and dips, but I was just too exhausted. Lucky my local grocery store came to the rescue! Instead of just grabbing sandwiches and calling it a day, finger foods from…

Braised Fennel and Arugula

Fennel is the most underrated vegetable. It tastes amazing raw and cooked, and does wonders for the digestion – or so every Italian will tell you. INGREDIENTS: 3 Fennel Bulbs 1 1/2 Cups of White Wine 2 Ounces of Olive Oil 2 Ounces of Lemon Juice 1/4 Cup of Sliced Cerignola Olives 3 Cups of…

Banana Pound Cake

I always buy too many bananas. My solution? Pound Cake. Once the bananasĀ  turn brown I just throw them in the freezer. I think the process of freezing and defrosting the bananas really helps with the texture and flavor of the pound cake. They look pretty slimy but trust me it pays off! When I…

Springtime Crawfish Boil!

My good friend Sarah and her hubby Dave used to live in New Orleans. When they made the move to Los Angeles they brought with them an annual crawfish boil! Her secret? Louisiana Craw Fish Company! http://www.lacrawfish.com/ She had over 100 lbs of live crawfish flown right to LAX from Louisiana the morning of the…