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Za’atar and lemon grilled chicken
Za'atar chicken from Twentysomething and the City This recipe was published by Alexandra Helene, a young woman who grew up in our neighborhood and...
Watermelon, tomato and strawberry salad with burrata
Summer salad This has to be THE quintessential summer salad. Sweet watermelon, vine-ripened tomatoes and juicy strawberries, on top of...
Warm goat cheese salad
Put a little Paris in your life I ate my first warm goat cheese salad (salad au chèvre chaud) at a little hotel restaurant on the left bank,...
The best mac & cheese
Good for the soul, but may get you to heaven a little early My mac & cheese is to die for, literally. It is an extravagant indulgence that...
Strawberry, blueberry, spinach & quinoa summer salad
Berry nutritious Isn't it nice when something tastes great and is also packed full of great nutrition? This summer salad has it all:...
Perfect Asian sesame noodles
Simply delicious Ginger, garlic, cilantro, rice vinegar and smokey toasted sesame seed oil give these slippery noodles great flavor.  They are a...
Pavlova with berries, brown sugar and sour cream
Nothing beats a good pavlova A good pavlova is a show-stopper that will have your guests licking their plates and begging for more.  Seriously.  I...
Nectarine crisp with salted honey whip cream
Summer is crisp and crumble time Stone fruit is one of the highlights of summer I look forward to every year. I can't wait for peaches, nectarines,...
Mom’s chili
Everyone needs a great chili recipe Chili has been a staple in my house since my kids were little. After 20 years of making the same recipe, I tried...
Molasses ginger cookies
Bet you can't eat just one Years ago, when my kids were little, I was determined to come up with a chewy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside,...
Margo’s end of summer cocktail
Celebrate or grieve the end of summer August and September are the hottest days of summer in Southern California. September is often the hottest...
Mango and yogurt breakfast parfaits
Healthy fast food I have three goals for breakfast:  1)  eat fruit, 2) eat protein, 3) make it fast. These breakfast jars of fresh mango, raw...
Hawaiian shoyu chicken
Chicken in a pot Hawaiian-style Shoyu chicken is the the traditional Hawaiian recipe for teriyaki chicken.  Shoyu chicken is cooked in a pot, not...
Hawaiian chocolate bread pudding
Chocolate heaven This chocolate Hawaiian bread pudding takes me back to my childhood in Honolulu. I start with King's Bakery Hawaiian bread, also...
Hamburger vegetable soup
My mom made this soup when I was a kid My mom was a working mother and getting a good meal on the table after work was always a challenge for her...
Gerbera daisies in blue mason jars
If you have been following me for long you know I have fallen in love with blue mason jars and rustic frog lids. I routinely use them to create...
Garden mule cocktail
Blueberry and cucumber Moscow mule variation The original Moscow mule is a great canvas for some tasty variations. The Garden mule is my most recent...
Dutch baby apple pancake
Breakfast showstopper Dutch baby pancakes are definitely showstoppers suitable for a special breakfast or just because. As spectacular as they look,...
Corned beef hash
The only thing better than corned beef is corned beef hash I am talking about the real deal, not the World War II era canned corned beef yuck. I'm...
Chocolate espresso pots of crème
Decadent little pots of chocolate yum So simple and sooo delicious! These little pots will satisfy the yearnings of the most ardent chocoholic....
Chicken, potato & prosciutto kabobs
Kabobs make summer easy In the dog days of summer, we all are looking for fast, easy and light meals. Kabobs are a natural choice, as you can create...
Chicken, berry, date & candied walnut salad
Salad-for-dinner This is one of my salad-for-dinner recipes. In other words, a salad that is substantial enough to serve for dinner. It is fresh,...
Chicken tortilla soup
Chicken tortilla soup for a crowd Chicken tortilla soup is a family favorite.  I make a huge batch in a 4-gallon pot.  If I am not serving a crowd...
Chicken frisee salad with roasted peppers, manchego and Spanish paprika
Spanish-influenced salad-for-dinner This salad-for-dinner gives a nod to Spain, with sautéed almonds dusted in smoked Spanish paprika, a Spanish...
Chicken and mango lettuce wraps
Fresh, light and flavor-packed This Thai-inspired recipe uses a balance of sweet, sour, salty and bitter flavors. The wraps can be served as an...
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