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,…

Budget Bouquets

These homemade arrangements are so easy make, and would make the perfect centerpiece for a bridal or baby shower. I found these adorable pantry jars at Marshalls for under $4 to use as the vases. These ranunculi and viburnum from my local farmers market made this arrangement look both rustic and elegant. I love the…

Extra Versitile Olive Oil

I love finding new uses for my glass jars and bottles! This bright green bottle used to contain extra virgin olive old from California Olive Ranch. As you know, I use olive oil pretty frequently when I cook, so I didn’t have to wait long to decorate my home with the bottle! One way to…

Quest for the Perfect Cafe Table: Rose Bowl Flea Market

  For the first time in my adult life I have a backyard! (well in reality a 3×6 foot balcony). But it’s just enough space for some flower boxes, herbs and potted tomato plants. What was missing was seating to enjoy it all. I searched all the usual places: Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Craigslist –…