The Pretty Margarita

When you make a martini, you use a pretty glass. When you pour champagne, you use a pretty glass. So why do people reach for a boring, low-ball water glass when making a margarita!? I just don’t think it’s fair to this delicious and – dare I say – elegant cocktail. So I’m making a…

Crispy Herb Chicken

My mother loves chicken, my husband loves chicken, but I’ve always thought it was pretty… meh. I do enjoy a whole roasted chicken on occasion, but that’s mainly for the crispy skin and juices – and who has time to be roasting a whole chicken on the regular? This crispy chicken with sage recipe gives…

Tart Cosmo for Mom

My mom and I love sipping on cosmos. TART cosmos. However our quest to find the perfect tart cosmo has been pretty illusive. That, and my mother is… particular. Well Mom, I think I’ve cracked the code! This recipe was especially fun to master. So put on your Manolos and pull out those martini glasses…

Scorched Broccolini

These days, the two things you need to roast INCREDIBLE veggies are: high temp and a good amount of fat. This will guarantee a crispy brown edge and buttery soft middle, instead of the slow roasted on low temp, soggy vegetables we grew up with…yuck! (sorry Mom) For this recipe, I’ve paired these “scorched” bitter…

Fresh & Flakey Pie Dough

If there’s one thing I know, it’s you can’t call yourself a housewife if you can’t make a homemade pie! Whether you are in charge of the pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving or want to make a cool Key lime pie for a summertime BBQ – this easy-to-make pie dough crisps up in the oven to…

Panzanella

Panzanella is a classic Tuscan dish that simply showcases old stale bread and the juices of plump, ripe, summer tomatoes. Since we are on the brink of tomato season I thought I’d share my favorite salad recipe! Ingredients: 4 cups of Chopped Tomatoes ( I like to use all different kinds for color) 4 Cups…

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…

Enchiladas a la Gringa

When it comes to Mexican food, I’m totally lost. I’m more literate in Italian cooking, but I realized that they are both very similar in spirit – focusing on comfort foods, made from fresh ingredients, and meant to be served family style. Yes, for this recipe I use a few short cuts, but these enchiladas…

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,…