P here… I attended the Natural Supplements conference yesterday. This is an annual event organized by Scripps Center of Integrative Medicine and includes 3-days of evidenced-based educational courses presented by leading experts. Because of classes and exams I missed the first few days but was lucky enough to catch the final presentation of the conference given by Tieraona Low Dog, MD. She is a highly respected botanical medicine specialist –and author– who works at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in various capacities. Read more
We rang in the New Year accompanied by an array of new dishes that took up every bit of open space on the table and, of course, Ryan Seacrest at the ball-drop in New York. I made a new dessert I found in an old Gourmet Magazine: a chocolate pudding with a minimal amount of ingredients, and candied clementine peel on top. Making these candied little jewels was definitely an involved, but fun, process. It took a long time but they turned out perfect. Since I just needed clementine peel for a bit of decoration, I ended up having way too much left over. They seemed like the perfect thing to pack up and give to friends. Read more
From table decorations to food on the table, our Thanksgiving consisted of the most colorful meal I have ever eaten. We had all the classics with some new recipes incorporated. We shared this holiday with 7 other dear friends, along with tons of dishes; a 14 pound turkey, 8 other plates of food, followed by 10 desserts, (that’s one dessert per person!) who could even think of eating again?
My mom made three dishes for the entrées (potato gratin, cranberry sauce, and cauliflower salad, which we posted a little while ago). I made two desserts (mini apple galettes and cranberry cake). We were in the kitchen from about 11:00 a.m. til we left Read more
Ever since I went back to New York with my dad this past August, I’ve realized how much I miss being in the city. Every where you go has creative vibes with fun and interesting things going on all the time. More than any other time in New York, I felt inspired and delighted the whole time, soaking in every second and always being in the moment. I miss Central Park, Grand Central Station, walks on Brooklyn Bridge, being in awe of the cuteness of all the dogs, seeing friends, shopping in unique stores, navigating our way through the subway system, and occasionally hailing a taxi. But, more than anything, I’ve been craving certain things from our favorite food places. My dad just traveled back again and brought back many goodies: cheeses, fresh pastas, capers, cured meats, and fish, which sparked memories of our trip in August, and instigated the urge to blog about it. Since there are not a lot of places where we love to shop and eat near us now, when things are brought home from New York, they usually don’t last that long. My dad bought a $43 piece of Parm (aka 2.5 lbs) from Alleva in Little Italy and with all the pasta from Eataly that came with it, I can only hope it lasts till the holidays.
Our neighbor Elizabeth is an incredible cook! One day my mom and I walked into her kitchen and when Elizabeth opened the oven we caught a glimpse of a large pot bubbling away; it smelled heavenly. Ever since then, my mom has been wanting to make the dish. Elizabeth combined chicken, tomatillos, onions, and garlic to make this beautiful thing. Now that Fall is officially here (could it be colder?), my mom has started to crave making big pots of yummy food. Isn’t that (along with carving pumpkins with friends and drinking multiple mugs of hot drinks to warm the soul) what this time of year is all about? Here is my mom’s version of what we hope will become a California classic. Oh! How could I forget… have a Happy Halloween (muahahahaha).
I still remember the day I tried my first salad. It was at a summer farm camp about 2 miles away from my house. We did all the traditional things you would expect to do at a farm camp: harvest veggies, feed the animals, collect eggs from under the chickens, etc. They would serve us fresh breakfast and lunch everyday. On the first day, they served us salad for lunch. I ate it because there was nothing else to eat and I was probably starving, knowing me. When I came home that afternoon, my mom was making dinner and salad was apart of the meal. Long story short, from that day on, Read more