Food


Goldie's
We had a team outing last week and met up at Goldie’s for happy hour. They have a great happy hour food menu which we proceeded to order one of everything (roasted brussels sprouts, kale salad, french fries, marinated olives & cheese).  I had the “Golden Girl” mocktail, sans tequila, […]

Goldie’s


Karlie's Kookies
Karlie Kloss is one of my favorite models because of her dedication to fitness and nutrition and her willingness to share her routines with the rest of us. I often do Karlie’s workout in my hotel room when I travel and I’m short on time.  She collaborated with pastry chef Christina […]

Karlie’s Kookies


Katsuya LA Live
One of the best sushi restaurants in Los Angeles is Katsuya and I had not yet been to their newest location at L.A. Live so we made reservations there before the Ellie Goulding concert.  I gave up sushi years ago but Katsuya offers cooked dishes as well as raw, along with […]

Katsuya LA Live



Pokemon Card Cake
This year, for Luke’s  birthday, rather than baking and decorating myself, I went with a semi-homemade solution.. I ordered a pre-made plain white frosted cake from Costco and then decorated it as a Pokemon Card.  I chose Charizard as the character because a lot of the decorations we bought for […]

Pokemon Card Cake Tutorial


Buffalo Burgers
I was looking for a super simple way to use the ground turkey in my fridge before it spoiled and happened to have some Buffalo Wings sauce which inspired me to make these turkey Buffalo burgers.   I sauteed some chopped celery and shredded carrots, then added them to the ground […]

Turkey Buffalo Burgers


Broncos
This year we hosted a Superbowl Party at our house for a small group of young people from our church. Since my Patriots were out this year, I didn’t have a dog in the fight but Jeff and Luke were passionate about their teams. The dance-off between Beyonce and Bruno […]

Superbowl Party



Venice
One of my co-workers is moving to New York City and hosted a going away party that spanned all of her favorite Venice hangouts to give her the proper send-off. I was able to hit up two of them- James Beach and Larry’s, and I ran into so many old […]

A Touch of Venice


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Last week I had the privilege of going to dinner at Soho House in West Hollywood, an exclusive invitation only club where no phone calls or photos are allowed. My co-worker snuck a couple of these shots of the view for me with her phone because it was just too […]

Soho House West Hollywood


Sweet and Spicy Salmon
Jeff and I stepped out of our cooking comfort zone and made this sweet and spicy salmon recipe together. It was the hottest thing I’ve ever eaten, but Jeff loved it. I think my tongue is still seared and we ate it last week. I am not a spicy eater […]

Hottest Sweet & Spicy Salmon



Chicken Avocado Burritos
These Chicken Avocado Burritos are very different from the burritos I’m used to eating. If you asked me what the key ingredients should be for a great burrito, I’d say beans and cheese but these burritos have no beans and no cheddar cheese. They’re delicious anyway. I used this recipe which […]

Chicken Avocado Burritos


Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas 2
I made the Barefoot Contessa’s Balsamic Brussels Sprouts for Christmas brunch and despite the fact that reducing the balsamic vinegar smelled up the entire house horribly, they were worth it. Since then I had been looking for other ways to incorporate brussels sprouts into our meal plan and came across […]

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas


Pinterest Meal Planning
Meal planning is the thing I end up having the least amount of creativity for at the end of the week but if I don’t do it, then I know I’m doomed to overspend on groceries that will end up going bad before I can cook them. Pinterest has served as […]

Pinterest for Meal Planning



Bread and Drink
One of the best things about the holidays is the chance for a dining experience with family and friends. Whether it be eating out at a fancy restaurant with clients or setting up a decorative table scape for my family at home I have one go-to trick for navigating complicated […]

Bread and Drink


Bestia
Last week I hosted a client dinner at Bestia, which has quickly become one of LA’s hottest restaurants. It’s a diamond in the rough, with its warehouse exterior and downtown LA location. The food is top-notch Italian and they are known for the melt-in-your-mouth pork chop, which I can attest is pretty delicious.  My […]

Bestia


Mercer Kitchen
I found myself feeling really disappointed on my latest trip to NYC when my favorite restaurant, ABC Kitchen, was all booked up. I looked up other restaurants by Chef Jean Georges in hopes of finding something that would at least be a close second. Enter The Mercer Kitchen, a lovely restaurant […]

Mercer Kitchen



Lolli and Pops
The last thing I need in my life is more sugar, however, I am a sucker for a candy shoppe (no pun intended). Something magical happens whenever I step inside one, I become like Charlie wandering around Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, trying desperately to take it all in.  Last weekend […]

Lolli and Pops


Jamaica Bay Inn
A few weeks ago I caught up with some old friends for lunch in Marina Del Rey at Beachside Restaurant in the Jamaica Bay Inn. I never even knew this hotel existed- which shows how much time I spend in Marina Del Rey.  It’s such a lovely spot for lunch […]

Jamaica Bay Inn


Flame Pizzeria
Friday night is Pizza night at our house. Typically we order delivery but last Friday Luke and I ventured out to give Dad some quiet time to work on his Thesis. We Googled “best pizza in the valley” and Yelp rated Flame Pizzeria at the top. It was only 10 […]

Flame Pizzeria



Gladstones
My Mom loves fish and chips so we decided to take her to Gladstones, one of the best seafood restaurants in Malibu for an enjoyable meal with an ocean view. Gladstones is located where PCH meets Sunset and there is beach access if you’d like to walk off your meal […]

Gladstones


Katanaya Ramen
One of the things I love most as I travel around is being exposed to different food trends. For the past few years, Ramen has been trending, which I found very hard to believe since my only experience with Ramen had been the $0.20 instant packages we’d eat for dinner […]

San Francisco Ramen


Kokkari
My favorite restaurant in San Francisco is Kokkari. I’m not sure if it’s the working fire spit in the main dining room, the Oriental rugs on the wall or the the high ceilings that make the place feel so homey but the atmosphere feels so warm and relaxing. The food […]

Kokkari



chicken sautee
This dish requires no recipe and takes less than half hour, even if you’re using frozen chicken breasts (which I did). Literally heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a pan, sautee an onion with a teaspoon of garlic until the onion is browned. Set aside and add chicken […]

Sauteed Chicken with Spinach and Mushrooms


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Last week I attended an Advertising Industry workshop at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. I didn’t realize it came with lunch at The Bazaar, Jose Andres’ restaurant, so that was a welcomed surprise. I had eaten dinner at The Bazaar before but I am not one for strange food […]

Bazaar Lunch


Republique
Discovering great new restaurants is one of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles.  I had been wanting to experience Republique for quite some time now and yesterday I finally got the chance. We went for lunch but the beauty of Republique is that they serve breakfast until 3pm, […]

Republique



Mexican Meatballs
In an effort to use the turkey meat in our fridge before it went bad last week, I searched “ground turkey recipes” and found a few meatballs recipes, one that involved coating the meatballs with sauce and then broiling them. This inspired me to search the pantry for any type […]

Mexican Meatballs


True Food Menu
I am always on the hunt for healthy restaurants and last week I discovered True Food in Santa Monica, which is perhaps the quintessential Southern California spot. They don’t serve sodas but instead serve “Natural Refreshers” like Kale-Aid (Kale, Apple, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon & Ginger) and Strawberry Rhubarb & Lime […]

True Food


Paleo Egg Scramble
My diet restrictions have been so specific for the last 5 years that I don’t really have a simple way of describing the way I eat. I rarely have dairy.  I have soy instead of milk in my decaf cappuccinos although once a week I treat myself to pizza (except […]

Paleo Egg Scramble



Frida
For lunch yesterday we headed to my favorite spot for Mexican food in Beverly Hills, [Frida].  As is my custom, once I find something I like at a restaurant I tend to order that every time I visit and don’t deviate.  The chicken tacos are my go-to at Frida because […]

Frida


Turkey Tacos
I have a long commute to work (approximately 3 hrs/day) so that’s not exactly optimal for getting dinner on the table. I go through this weekly race against time to make sure I cook what I’ve purchased at the grocery store before it spoils. Last week was no different- except […]

Simple Turkey Tacos


Foreign Cinema
I first heard about Foreign Cinema last year from one of my clients in San Francisco. It is a restaurant in the Mission district that shows movies in the backdrop while you dine. Each time I’d tried to get reservations they were booked, but this last trip I got lucky […]

Foreign Cinema



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My best friend’s birthday celebration culminated with a cooking class at [Sur La Table at the Farmers Market], Los Angeles. It was something she had always wanted to do and I had never had a cooking class so it was the perfect thing for us to experience together. We learned […]

Sur La Table Cooking Classes


Meal Planner
Meal planning is one of those things that comes second nature to most Moms, but has never been the case with me. I go in and out of focus on meal planning and for the past few months we’ve coasted way too much on take-out as a result. In the […]

Meal Plans


Poached Egg and Asparagus
Getting back into the habit of eating healthy after the holidays is always a challenge for me but starting the day off right with a good breakfast is the simplest strategy for success. I’m trying to include green vegetables in every meal so last week I tried pairing poached eggs […]

Poached Egg & Asparagus



Avocado Lime Dressing
When I was a kid, “sunny-side-up” were my favorite type of eggs. I loved to dip my toast into the soft center and scoop up the gooey yolk as it spilled out onto my plate. This salad takes me back to those days with soft-boiled eggs oozing their gooey goodness […]

Kale Breakfast Salad


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My boys went up to Big Bear with Jeff’s family on Friday so I got to have a girls’ night out! We chose [The Misfit] in Santa Monica, a trendy spot with great food. The ambiance is very  cool with the backdrop of the bar set up like a built-in […]

The Misfit


Cookie Gift
Baking cookies is a joy for me and I usually take the time to bake for all my friends at work plus my church family and neighbors each Christmas.  This year, I was short on time but needed to put together 40 gifts for our leaders at Church.  I decided […]

Cookie Gifts



Wilshire
My cardiologist, Steve Levine, is somewhat of a Renaissance man.  In addition to being an amazing Doctor, he plays the guitar and happens to also own the award winning Los Angeles restaurant, Wilshire.  I go there sometimes because it’s a great lunch spot for California cuisine.  The atmosphere is casual but cool […]

Wilshire Restaurant


Storefront
My cookie obsession has been well documented on this blog especially Clementine chocolate chip, as seen here. Yesterday I happened upon a new cookie shop on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica called Cookie Good. They have a wide variety of emotion evoking cookie flavors that changes daily, like the Frosted Flakes […]

Cookie Good


Riva Bella
I discovered a wonderful new restaurant this week called [Riva Bella]. The ambiance is so beautiful that you literally feel at peace as soon as you walk in. The menu is diverse enough to satisfy a large party of varying tastes and their ciabatta bread is amazing. If you’re on […]

Riva Bella



Green Egg Salad
Egg salad was my absolute favorite sandwich as a kid. The thought of it still evokes fond memories, but years ago Jennifer Aniston cited giving up mayonnaise as the key to what got her in such great shape and I basically haven’t eaten mayo since. That said, I created this […]

Green Egg Salad Sandwich


Old Ebbit Grill
We discovered the most amazing place for brunch in DC. It’s called Old Ebbit Grill. The food is fantastic, the ambiance is casual enough to bring little ones (they have a kids menu), yet grown up enough to feel like you’re out on a date (the velour booths add an […]

Old Ebbit Grill


Chicken
It was a classic case of “what should we make for dinner” the other night and I was inspired to grill. I opted for chicken tacos and in an effort to make them less boring I customized {this recipe} to make a simple marinade. Jeff helped me grill the chicken […]

Honey Lime Chicken Tacos



Semi healthy french toast
Sunday afternoons we usually head straight to a lunch spot after church so this Sunday was no different, except that for some reason when we got to our restaurant of choice, it was too frustrating to find any parking.. so we decided to go home and cook breakfast instead.  Jeff […]

Semi Healthy French Toast


Mason Jar Green Smoothie
I was looking for a twist on my typical breakfast smoothie and decided to serve it in a mason jar. The great thing about a Mason Jars is you can make anything into a gift by adding a simple sticker to the top. This Mason Jar Smoothie is my antioxidant […]

Mason Jar Smoothie


Santa Monica Shoreline
It’s no secret for anyone who knows me that I am a particular eater and when I find something I like at a restaurant, I tend to order the same thing every time because I hate making decisions. The Ivy on Robertson is my favorite restaurant in LA and I […]

The Ivy at the Shore



Kale & Apple Salad
For the past few years I’ve adopted much healthier eating habits than in my twenties. My husband jokes that we’ve consumed more vegetables in the last few years than we have in our entire lifetimes. That said, so far this year I have not had the same focus on creating […]

Kale & Apple Salad


Green Smoothie
Pressed juice bars are all the rage in NY and LA right now, but minus the pretty packaging and clever marketing, many of them boil down to creative concoctions that carry a boatload of sugar and zero fiber.  That said, I don’t “juice” but I do like to start my […]

Get Your Greens


Beet and Blood orange salad
I had never purchased or prepared fresh beets before I bought them at the farmer’s market a few weekends ago, so I decided to document how I used them so I can remember for next time. I slightly tweaked this recipe by adding a chopped blood orange and shaved parmesan, […]

Beet & Blood Orange Salad



Healthy Pancakes
Saturday mornings at our house usually involve heading to Starbucks for breakfast on our weekly trip to the gym. Last Saturday we headed out a bit later than usual and I whipped up the quickest and healthiest batch of pancakes I’ve ever had, thanks to my friend Rathy who sent […]

Healthy Pancakes


Cake 2
Luke’s school operates on a “ticket system”. If you misbehave in class you are forced to “pull a ticket”. These tickets are color-coded and range in the following succession for multiple offenses: green, yellow, orange, red and blue. Everyone starts on green everyday. Blue equals a chat with the Principal. […]

Green


Superfood soup
I had to make quick use of all the wonderful vegetables I bought last weekend at the farmer’s market so I decided to make a hearty superfood soup.  I didn’t follow a recipe this time, I just used the basic cooking rule of layering flavors.  You can create any soup […]

Superfood Soup



Berry Breakfast Crumble 1
I made good use of the berries we picked up at the Calabasas Farmers Market last weekend by whipping up this hot berry breakfast crumble.  Packed with ingredients like walnuts, flax seed, raspberries, blueberries & oats it packs an omega-3-fiber-infused antioxidant punch. The recipe is very simple, took only 20 […]

Berry Breakfast Crumble


Vanilla Birthday Cupcake
The girls of Georgetown, Katherine & Sophie, have brought their famous DC Cupcakes to Los Angeles and yesterday was the first time I actually visited their shop.  Simple elegant black and white awnings beckon you inside and marble countertops grace white tables for a completely luxurious cupcake experience.  I had […]

Georgetown Cupcake


Cecconi's Sign
Tucked away behind an unassuming wall of greenery on the corner of Melrose and Robertson in West Hollywood, CA is a place called Cecconi’s. It’s ambiance is classic Hollywood swank complete with a marble bar and crystal chandeliers. The food is incredibly fresh and for an Italian restaurant, they offer […]

Cecconi’s



Chateau Marmont
I had lunch at the famous Chateau Marmont on Sunset Blvd last week. This is a hotel and restaurant known as a celebrity hangout in LA, so I always take folks there who are visiting Los Angeles and like to have a greater chance of a celeb sighting. But I’m […]

Chateau Marmont


Warm Apple Crumble
It was exceptionally cold for Los Angeles this weekend, with temps getting as low as 36 degrees in the valley. I awoke Sunday morning craving something warm for my tummy so I adapted this recipe from Dr. Fuhrman, King of health, to make a wonderfully warm and good for you […]

Warm Apple Crumble


Carrot and Orange Soup
In my effort to nurse Jeff back to health last week I made Carrot and Orange Soup using a recipe from my favorite cookbook, [California Sol Food]. I customized the recipe by adding Turmeric, an Asian spice known to help inflammation and an excellent antioxidant. Luke wasn’t crazy about the […]

Carrot and Orange Soup



Immunitiy Smoothie
My poor Jeff has been battling double pneumonia for the last 10 days, five of which were spent in the hospital. Thank you to all of you who have had him in your prayers. Luke and I are so happy to have him home where I’ve put him on a […]

Immunity Boost


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This trip I discovered ABC Kitchen, which is hands down, my new favorite restaurant in NYC.  Between the fresh ingredients, the luxe space and the genius recipe pairings, I was in heaven. I had the sea bass, which had sliced chiles and herbs embedded within it.  I also had the […]

ABC Kitchen


Trinity Place
I was in NY last week for meetings and had carved out time to have lunch with my Uncle who treated me to an epic lunch at Trinity Place, a restaurant inside a real vault.  He topped off our time with a grand tour of his office at FINRA, the […]

One Liberty Plaza



Oatmeal Scotchies
One of my favorite candy memories as a kid was the irresistible golden lure of the little round butterscotch and the way the flavor stayed as brilliant on your tongue as it melted smaller and smaller. I find it hard to enjoy sugar in such a high-octane form these days, […]

Oatmeal Scotchies


Rosemary Lemony Turkey Meatballs
Last week I tried this recipe for Rosemary Lemony Turkey Meatballs and they were fabulous.  I served them with pink rice and kale.  Unfortunately they were not as appreciated by my 6-year-old’s-palette.  Luke begged me not to make them again but I enjoyed them so much I chopped them up the next […]

Rosemary Lemony Turkey Meatballs


Fall Weekend
I am loving this Fall weather. On Sunday afternoon I used up all the brown sugar in the pantry baking cookies for Luke and his friends. Both sets of their parents came by for a visit and the cookies served as a the perfect make-shift party treat (recipes here and here).  Saturday […]

Fall Weekend



Magnolia Bakery
They opened up a Magnolia Bakery just a hop, skip and a jump from my office in Beverly Hills. I finally had the chance to visit for the first time yesterday. I left with two yummy cupcakes. A vanilla with pink frosting and a chocolate chocolate with sprinkles, which of […]

Magnolia Bakery LA


spaghetti
I love Fine Cooking Magazine.  It really helps get the creative juices flowing when it comes to meal planning.  This weekend, I was combing through an old issue and remembered that I had attempted this recipe here without the proper ingredients.  This time I used feta as directed and added […]

Spaghetti with Bell Peppers, Basil & Feta


Good 2
I have a weakness for cookies. In fact, I have at least one cookie a day. My favorite are the chocolate chip cookies from Clementine Bakery because they are thin and crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside, basically the perfect cookie. This weekend I attempted to make […]

Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies



Classic French Toast & Syrup
Sunday afternoons are usually so crazy that after church we make a bee-line for the nearest Diner. This Sunday Luke had friends over and I made my classic french toast for brunch. It was the perfect dish to serve up for hungry boys. They were cheering “this is the best […]

Classic French Toast


Taco night
It has been so unbearably hot lately that I have had zero desire to cook in the past few weeks and have been resorting to lots of takeout. I finally forced myself to grocery shop this weekend and found this great taco recipe which I will be bookmarking as the […]

Taco Night


Kale with Roasted Chicken & fig
I ran across fresh figs in the grocery store for the first time last week and was so excited I bought them on the spot, not knowing exactly what I’d use them for. Aside from throwing them into my daily nutribullet shakes in the morning, I chose to also cut […]

Kale Salad with Roasted Chicken & Fig



Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Sunday morning I whipped up some scrambled eggs for my church potluck. They are really the perfect potluck dish because you can buy them in bulk, cook them in massive batches and be basically done in 10 to 15 minutes. The secret to fluffy eggs? Add a bit of milk […]

Fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Dill


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I frequent Clementine at least twice a week but they have a “seasonal menu” which unfortunately means they take away my favorite things from time to time.  Such as their Citrus Chicken Salad and most recently my favorite sandwich option, the Turkey Caliente. It’s a hot turkey sandwich with avocado, […]

Turkey Caliente


The Palm
The Palm, a legendary West Hollywood establishment now with locations all over the country, is known for being the spot for the “Power Lunch”. It even has a Power Lunch  menu option, which I shied away from due to the 3-course nature and it being the middle of the day […]

The Palm



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My love for doughnuts has been well documented here. Last week a partner sent two dozen Fonuts to my office.  Fonuts are baked or steamed but never fried healthy alternative donuts.  They resulted in an office frenzy with flavors like Maple Bacon, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate Hazelnut.  I liked the […]

Fonuts


Risotto
I was on the hunt for a good halibut recipe and came across this one from Bonappetit.  I thought it would pair nicely with spinach risotto and although I’d never made risotto before, this recipe made it easy which included how to make the spinach broth.  

Mediterranean Halibut with Spinach Risotto


Spaghetti with Almond Pesto & Chicken
Despite the many new recipes I try, there are definitely some nights of the week I cook on autopilot. Usually that’s Tuesday night and usually the autopilot meal is “Pasta & Parmesan” which is literally nothing more, not even butter. Boring, I know, but my son loves it. That said, […]

Spaghetti with Almond Pesto and Chicken



Spinach Salad with Beets and Parmesan
While on vacation in San Diego, I had the most delicious Beet Salad at Caffe Bella Italia in Mission Bay.  The ingredients were simple enough, spinach, beets, parmesan and balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  I recreated it last week without the oil.  It was a perfect summer salad and the best […]

Spinach Salad with Beets and Parmesan


Pretty tables
Last week I had lunch at Marche Moderne for the first time.  It’s a French restaurant in South Coast Plaza, an upscale mall in Orange County.  For perspective, although it’s on the 3rd floor of a mall, it’s neighboring storefronts are Christian Louboutin & Oscar de la Renta. You’d expect […]

Marche Moderne


Fresh Cucumber & Mint
When we were on vacation in Malibu last month I ordered a cucumber mint drink from Howdy’s, a taco stand in Malibu Crpss Creek. There is little more refreshing than cool cucumber on a hot summer day and I couldn’t wait to re-create it.  Last weekend I experimented with two […]

Cucumber Mint Refresher Two Ways



Bruschetta
I’m having lots of fun finding things to do with the fresh tomatoes from our little garden this year. Last week I made bruschetta for the first time. I added my own twist to this recipe and it was so good I had a hard time not eating the entire […]

Bruschetta


Mad Poppers Frozen Popcorn
Last weekend we went to Mad Poppers, they sell frozen popcorn in a variety of gourmet flavors displayed in cases similar to those inside an ice cream shoppe. Some of their most popular flavors are “Pigs in Space”(bacon, dark chocolate & caramel), “Jalapeño Poppers” (cheddar cheese, jalapeños and caramel) and […]

Mad Poppers


Alaskan Cod with Mushrooms and Sansho Pepper
One of my friends is half Japanese, and she told me about this amazing Japanese Pepper her grandmother uses to season fish that makes your lips and tongue tingle. It’s called Sansho Pepper (or Sansyo) and its made from the leaves of the prickly ash tree, the same tree that […]

Alaskan Cod with Mushrooms & Sansho Pepper



Tacos
One of my friends politely mentioned to me that I haven’t written any food posts lately. The reason being, I have literally not cooked since my last food post. For the past few weeks, I have been either eating out or going without.  I have been so busy between traveling […]

Swordfish Tacos


Risotto with Fried Egg
On one of my recent trips to San Francisco, I had the pleasure of dining at Luce, located at the Intercontinental Hotel. The occasion was a gathering of my advertising gal pals to welcome one of them back from maternity leave. While the dinner was delicious, the most memorable thing […]

Mommy Timeout


Balanced Breakfast
I am a big fan of burritos. As my best friend says, “you can’t go wrong wrapping anything up in a flour tortilla”. That said, white flour is not the healthiest thing for your body to process unfortunately. In an attempt to satisfy my breakfast burrito craving, I substituted the […]

Healthy Breakfast Burrito



Citrus Arugula Salad
With Summer just around the corner, I’ve been craving the taste of citrus lately. For lunch I sliced a whole orange into wedges, chopped a persian cucumber and sprinkled some pistachios on a bed of arugula for a simple refreshing salad. I drizzled balsamic vinegar on top as a dressing. […]

Citrus Arugula Salad


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Whether it be the French Country decor, the Frank Sinatra sounds, the red geraniums that remind me of my mother or the adorable touch of Christmas lights that line the white picket fence surrounding it year round, the Ivy is an enchanting place. I prefer the one on Robertson but […]

The Ivy


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As a kid, there is next to nothing better than cake on your birthday, except maybe cupcakes that you get to share with all your friends! One of the many benefits of private school is that they still let you celebrate your birthday in class.  This weekend I made these chocolate cupcakes […]

Birthday Cupcakes



Lemons
Our wonderful Mema gets credit for anything growing around our home.  She has planted, watered and nurtured everything in our yard, one of such green treasures is a pink lemon tree.  Luke and I picked a few fresh lemons this weekend and made a healthy pink lemonade just in time […]

Healthy Pink Lemonade


Grilled Cheese
We enjoyed President’s Day together on Monday and caught up with some old friends at the adorable Rabbit Hole Cafe in Thousand Oaks, CA. It’s literally a little hole in the wall restaurant at the end of a strip mall. They have an amazing array of gluten free and vegan […]

The Rabbit Hole Cafe


Valentines Day Truffles
I shared my love for Valentine’s Day with you here, so in celebration of this wonderful excuse to spread the love I attempted to rekindle that grade school feeling of getting a valentine by passing out the old school valentines with the perforated edges to everyone at work. To nail […]

Nostalgic Valentine



Ginger Chicken and Braised Brussel Sprouts
I was at a loss as to what to do with the chicken breasts in my refrigerator that were about to expire. I modified this recipe for Ginger Grilled Chicken and this recipe for braised brussel sprouts and they were a hit. {For the marinade, I omitted the chili sauce […]

Ginger Chicken and Braised Brussel Sprouts


Son of a Gun Menu
Yesterday I had lunch at Son of a Gun for the first time.  It’s a highly acclaimed seafood restaurant in West LA. If you’re a shellfish and oyster fan this is the spot for you. Since I don’t eat either of those things, I had to stare at the menu […]

Son of a Gun


Beet Salad 1
I am not a fan of beets, to put it mildly, however, they are an excellent source of high quality iron. Since I no longer eat red meat, getting my fill of iron is a challenge so I figured I’d give this simple beet recipe a try.  It really helped […]

Beet Salad



Blended
I’ve shared my favorite Broccoli Soup recipe, courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow, with you before but a few weeks ago I decided to add a bit of heft to it with sweet potato.  It is a bit creamier and heartier this way but the simplest of ingredients allow for it to be just […]

Broccoli Soup with Sweet Potato


Box Brownies
Simple things like cupcakes, cookies and brownies make me so happy, especially when they are semi home-made and customized to be slightly healthier than average. Last weekend I thought I’d spread the happiness to my cast-mates to help get us through our grueling 4:30-10pm nightly rehearsal schedule. I made these […]

Bites of Happiness


Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa
Eating healthy at breakfast and lunch comes much easier to me than doing so at dinnertime. By the time the day is over my energy and creativity levels for thinking of and executing something healthy for dinner are challenged to say the least. That said, I’m learning to plan out […]

Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa



Orange
A wiser, healthier Mom would have thought to create this as baby food for her kid before he discovered Oreos.. but such is life…I am just now thinking to make things like this for mid-day snacks. It’s healthy and fast and basically only calls for a blender. {Peel the kiwi} […]

Kiwi Puree


Chicken Soup
I was on a bit of a home made soup kick last week given the freezing cold weather. (by freezing I mean below 50 degrees in Los Angeles) I used a leftover grilled chicken breast from the night before to make this delicious soup. I must confess that it was […]

Home Made Chicken Soup


bowl of strawberries and mint
If you’re looking for a fresh, healthy, simple breakfast that literally just “breaks” your overnight “fast” you really can’t go wrong with strawberries. This literally took me all of 3 minutes to prepare and not nearly as long to ingest it was so delicious! It really is as simple as […]

Strawberries & Mint with Agave Syrup



Healthy Spinach Omelet
I’m always on the hunt for quick healthy breakfasts. This Egg White Omelet combines steamed mushrooms, spinach and zucchini with red quinoa in a puree. Best of all, the egg whites are steamed rather than fried. Enjoy!

Spinach Puree Omelet


Vegetable Broth
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to take my workouts and healthy eating regimen to the next level so I’m embarking on a 30 day journey with the Tracy Anderson Method.  Her book, The 30 Day Method, has an entire month’s worth of healthy recipes, which eliminates the need […]

Minestrone Soup


Candy Bar 2
Candy Land was my favorite board game as a kid. I just loved the idea of creating characters out of candy. Mr Mint and Queen Frostine were the best. I felt like I was reliving my childhood when I walked through this “Candy Bar” at The Blvd. As if the […]

Candy Bar



Rosemary Cashews labels
The best part of Christmas is the opportunity to share God’s love with others through giving.  I rarely give do-it-yourself gifts because they often end up being more time consuming and expensive than I ever planned.  However, this DIY Roasted Cashews with Rosemary and Sea Salt is both quick and […]

DIY Rosemary Cashews Gift


Sugar Plum Pastry
Clementine, one of my favorite LA spots for lunch, just opened up a location two blocks from my office in Beverly Hills. Makes enjoying their yummy salads and baked goodies much more convenient. This week I ventured out from my typical Chocolate Chip Cookie selection to their Sugar Plum Tart. […]

I Heart Clementine


Hostess Donuts
Growing up, we had a freezer in our basement which we kept stocked full of Hostess pastries.  Every morning before school I would put one in the refrigerator and it would be waiting for me, perfectly defrosted, by the time I stepped off the school bus.  It is so incredible […]

Hostess



Hot Rolls
There is nothing I love more than fresh rolls right out of the oven. Typically “fresh” is more like re-heated or baked out of a popping can of Pillsbury dough.  During the holidays I try to experiment with at least one completely home-made recipe though, so this year I chose to […]

Sweet Potato Honey Rolls


Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts are notorious for being one of the most un-kidfriendly vegetables, but I confess I did not encounter an opportunity to try them until I was an adult. They are now my favorite vegetable. Hearty, crunchy and a bit nutty in taste they are a steamed staple at my […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shaved Parmesan


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This weekend it rained, which always puts me in the cleaning and baking mood. I woke up at 6am on Saturday and cleaned my entire house by 10am. Luke and I passed the afternoon making these Madeleines. I used wheat flour instead of white but didn’t skimp on the butter. […]

Semi Healthy Madeleines



Rotini
I made this Cilantro Pistachio Pesto and it was so simple to make that I may not ever want to go back to marinara.  Here is the recipe I used from Fine Cooking.  I substituted broccoli and red peppers for the cauliflower and carrots.

Rotini with Cilantro Pistachio Pesto


Turkey Lettuce Wraps
One of the greatest lettuce wraps recipes I’ve encountered comes from my favorite cookbook, California Sol Food.   I substitute ground turkey for the pork or beef and these not only score high on taste but high on health as well.  I made them a few weeks ago for a […]

Turkey Lettuce Wraps


2% Sharp Cheddar
I made macaroni and cheese in ramekins for the pumpkin carving party last Saturday. Typically one should avoid making home made mac and cheese because of the work involved combined with the fat content and high glycemic index but for some reason those factors go out the window whenever I […]

Healthy Mini Mac and Cheese



Root Beer Floats
This weekend I threw a pumpkin carving party for Luke and a few of his friends from school.  I was a bit nervous about throwing a party for kids that involved sharp objects but thankfully all the parents stayed to help with the actual carving and we let the kids […]

Pumpkin Carving Party


Baby Spinach Salad with Blackened Chicken Black Raspberries & Feta
I do adore my husband.  Not only does he share my values and outlook on life but he also shares the burden of cooking with me.  It’s rare that our schedules allow us to both be in the kitchen at the same time but last week he cooked the chicken […]

Baby Spinach Salad w/Blackened Chicken, Feta & Black Raspberries


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Combing through my Fine Cooking magazine this week I couldn’t quite settle on a recipe that worked with what I had in the fridge so I improvised by sautéing some peppers with a little basil, heirloom tomatoes and crumbled feta.  I combined it with Barilla high protein pasta and topped […]

Spaghetti Smiles



Caramel Apples
Making caramel apples is a great thing to do with kids.  Just watch out for them reaching over the hot pan to grab some gummy bears and you will have more luck avoiding burns than I did this weekend.  Luke chose all the toppings.  I wasn’t sure that the sour […]

Semi Home Made Caramel Apples


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I love a good antioxidant rich smoothie as documented here.  I customized this recipe expecting to get a green smoothie but ended up with a black smoothie which I thought was pretty cool so I thought I’d share it.  This wonderful concoction will get you 90% of the way to […]

Black Smoothie


Drunken Noodle Salad
I’ve spent my entire adult life successfully avoiding Asian foods of any sort (I was 27 years old before I ever gave Teriyaki Chicken a try).  I think the aversion stemmed originally from a Chinese Restaurant we frequented in Portsmouth, NH when I was a teenager.  Their best menu option […]

Drunken Noodle Salad



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The first two weeks after giving birth to my son, I was fortunate to have my church family bring home-made meals over every night.  Not only was this a tremendous blessing for a sleep deprived new mom, but it was a fun way to discover new recipes.  My friend Tracy […]

Lime Chicken Tostadas



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Home-made smoothies have been a go-to of mine for breakfasts this summer.  Making the most of the last of the peaches in season I made this yummy blend using one peach, 1/2 cup of greek yogurt and a few splashes of almond milk.  Such a great start to the day […]

Simplest Peach Smoothie



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While at my Mom’s house in South Carolina, I decided to whip up a batch of my favorite healthy alternative Oatmeal Cookies with a twist.  I used split the batch and made half with Craisins (dried cranberries) and half with golden raisins.  I also substituted white flour for wheat and […]

Healthy Oatmeal Craisin Cookies


Power Greens
One of the things I love about Summer is the smell of fresh peaches that beckons you as you enter the produce aisle.  Not that I needed another reason to eat peaches but I found out they are also high in potassium, fiber, beta-carotene and almost as high in iron […]

Power Peaches


Toasted Couscous
In an effort to go meatless at dinner more often, I’ve found lots of great recipes like this one that still feels indulgent without being too time consuming.  It’s quick, healthy and delicious.  The only problem is portion control.

Toasted Israeli Cous Cous with Cucumber, Mint & Feta



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The Beverly Hills Hotel, famous for being the hotspot for old Hollywood, celebrates its 100 Year Centennial this year.  Its bungalows once welcomed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and John Lennon to name a few.  I had the privilege of having lunch for the first time at the […]

The Polo Lounge


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I probably spent the middle half of my life skipping breakfast but I have learned that the healthiest thing I can do for my body is to avoid jumping into the day without any fuel.  From leveling out the blood sugar to kickstarting the metabolism it’s the simplest way to […]

Basted Egg with Avocado Over Spinach & Tomato


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I hope you had a Happy 4th of July! We spent it baking, barbecuing and hanging out with friends. I tried to make this Key Lime Cream Cake recipe a bit healthier by using wheat flour instead of white and coconut oil instead of canola oil but it unfortunately fell […]

The 4th



Honey Soy Salmon
Salmon is one of my family’s all time favorites.  It’s a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for our bodies to work normally.  Did you know Omega-3’s help with everything from reducing inflammation to protecting against alzheimer’s and relieving rheumatoid arthritis and depression? I tried this recipe for […]

Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon


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Shepherd’s Pie is a popular dish in New Hampshire, where I grew up, so we would have it often in our home and I’d regularly prepare it.  I make a healthier version these days by using sweet potatoes instead of russet and ground turkey instead of beef.  It’s a meal in a dish that travels […]

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie


Chicken
Apricots were my favorite fruit as a child, so it was a special treat whenever we had them.   My husband came home with apricots the other day and I immediately starting thinking of ways to use them.  I settled on Apricot Honey Grilled Chicken and used this recipe.  The simple […]

Apricot Honey Grilled Chicken



Sliced Apple
I could be single-handedly responsible for the rise of sales in Morningstar Farms Garden Burgers, as I have been purchasing them in masse for the last year and a half.  They really are the best frozen veggie burger on the market in my humble opinion.  Add some fresh vegetables and […]

Veggie Stack


Arugula pistacios
I love Arugula for its peppery taste.  As an added bonus, it’s high levels of glucosinolate may help protect against breast, prostate, cervical and ovarian cancers.  I used it as a base for this simple summer salad, adding sliced strawberries and a few shelled pistachios for a sweet and salty compliment to the […]

Arugula with Strawberries & Pistachios


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My little brother is an Air Force Veteran.  He has suffered from Schizophrenia since his mid twenties and unfortunately had to spend Memorial Day weekend in the Los Angeles Veterans Hospital.  Visiting him  provided me the opportunity to spread a little cheer for our wounded Veterans who are so often forgotten heroes.   […]

Brownies Salute



Enchiladas
I typically avoid making this dish because I rarely eat cheddar cheese anymore but every once in a while the occasion calls for some yummy cheesy goodness, which in this case was a new study we started on Thursday night for Jr Highers called “The Case for Faith” which deals with questions like “How could a good God exist […]

Lisa’s Chicken Enchiladas


Organic Salad with Chopped Chicken
I am so blessed to have a husband who shares the domestic burden with me.   He often spends his day off (which is designated as Monday) cleaning the house, doing the laundry & the grocery shopping, picking up Luke from school, babysitting and then making dinner for me.  This consistent […]

Super House Huband


Soy Sauce
I have been a bit obsessed with eating healthy for a while now (at least during the week). At one point I went as far as to strip out all cooking oil and just use water to saute when cooking.  I reverted to this restriction last week with Dr. Fuhrman’s recipe […]

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff



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One of my family’s favorite all time meals is Turkey Meatloaf.  Over the years I’ve experimented with lots of different recipes but this one from Ellie Krieger is one of the best.  (Although not a true “Turkey Meatloaf” recipe, I found that substituting ground turkey for ground beef worked perfectly) With […]

Turkey Meatloaf


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My very first cookbook was given to me by my best friend. Since she is a cook and I am not, it was yet another area of my life where she could have a profound impact on me.  The cookbook, California Sol Food, was actually one that she helped put […]

Grilled Rosemary Soy Glazed Chicken Tacos


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While we averted getting sick in Israel, I made it back to find myself with a sore throat and my husband came down with the flu.   Chicken Noodle soup is one of his favorite comfort foods, especially when he is sick, so I used this recipe as a basis for making a homemade […]

Chicken Udon Noodle Soup



Decaf Cappucino
We traveled all over Israel from the West Bank to the Golan Heights to the Dead Sea and while the environmental surroundings changed drastically from place to place, the one thing that remained consistent throughout was the food.  Traditional Mediterranean cucumber & tomato salad, shredded red cabbage, simple soups such […]

Israeli Food


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I no longer eat steak because it’s so difficult on my digestive system but Lamb is one of the easiest meats to digest.  Lamb is also high in B vitamins, Zinc and Iron and is one of the richest sources of CLA, best known for its ability to fight off […]

Lamb Chops


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I spent some time in the Lone Star State Capital this week soaking up the sights and sounds of the South-By-Southwest-Conference, affectionately referred to by attendees as “South By” and always written simply as SXSW.  The conference is a melting pot of artists, filmmakers, musicians and technology geeks who come […]

SXSW



Mini Whole Wheat Pizzas with Roasted Peppers, Prosciutto and Arugula
 When I drastically changed my eating habits a year and half ago to go for the healthier side of life, one of the things I feared I would never be able to enjoy again was pizza.  Cue, Ellie Krieger, who once again saves the day with her healthy take on a […]

Whole Wheat Mini Pizzas with Prosciutto, Arugula & Roasted Peppers


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Because life moves pretty fast I find that birthdays serve up the best opportunity to stop and take a look around. We try to take full advantage of that once a year opportunity to celebrate life around our house with themed birthday parties.  Since I love to bake, every birthday […]

Star Wars Birthday Party


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My husband and I were both exhausted and debating ordering take-out to save us the trouble of cooking but were too hungry to make the trip.  I knew we had some spinach and arugula left from last week’s shopping trip so I whipped up a quick salad instead.  I modified […]

Chopped Spinach Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette



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San Marzano tomatoes are so famous they come with their own Protected Designation of Origin, a seal of approval backed by the European Union to be authentically from the Campania region of Italy.  San Marzano tomatoes have thin skin making them perfectly suited for peeling and therefore the tomato of  […]

Whole Wheat Pasta Shells & Homemade San Marzano Marinara with ...


Cocoa Dusted Strawberries
Ellie Krieger is one of my favorite chefs.  A registered dietician, with undergraduate and post graduate degrees in nutrition from Cornell and Columbia University, she shares my passion for finding ways to incorporate healthy alternatives for recipes.  I found her recipe for Big Fat Greek Burgers on the Food Network […]

My Big Fat Greek Turkey Burgers


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I didn’t really have any weird cravings when I was pregnant– save dark beer, which was weird because I hate beer, (the hops stimulate milk production I found out later) but just after I gave birth to my son, I found myself with an insatiable appetite for glazed doughnuts.  I […]

Doughnuts!



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Burritos have been by far my favorite food since childhood, although finding authentic Mexican ingredients in places like Buffalo, NY , Rockville, MD and Milton, NH proved quite a challenge for my L.A.-born-and-bred Mom.   In my quest to put a healthy spin on all of my favorite comfort foods, I […]

Simplest Veggie Burritos


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I have loved Valentine’s Day since the second grade when Sebastian, the cutest boy in school, gave me a red ceramic heart jewelry box with “Love Always Sibbi” written in gold across the top.  The delightful surprise it brought to know someone loved me, who I didn’t think even knew […]

You Are Loved


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The only soups I ever made growing up were out of a can.  In fact, it never dawned on me that I could actually make homemade soup until last year when I discovered the pure joy of throwing a bunch of fresh ingredients into a pan, simmering them for a […]

Carrot Ginger Soup