• Drinks
  • Watermelon Lemonade Margaritas

    “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James Even with my heart hardened against summer in general, I have to admit James was onto something. Summer afternoon. The words conjure up feelings of deep golden sunlight, pleasant listlessness, and the magic of possibilitythat […]

  • Comfort Food
  • Pasta Bolognese

    “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Federico Fellini What is it about Italian food and cooking that is so intrinsically magical? From assembling your ingredients to taking that very first bite—the experience is somewhat enchanting. It’s always been a source of comfort to me. I can’t think of a time a bite of […]

  • Comfort Food
  • Butternut Squash & Scallion Soup

    “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”  ―J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  This my friends is literally the fall and winter weather I […]

  • Drinks
  • Peach Bellini Sangria

    “I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine to-night.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley I recall having sangria with every nearly meal in Spain the winter I was fifteen. I marveled at how someone my age didn’t have to steal sips of other’s drinks when attentions were diverted. I was given a […]

  • Chicken
  • Summer Garden Bowls with Gluten Free Meatballs

    This post is sponsored by Hip Chick Farms. All opinions, words, and general charm are my own. “Heat cannot be separated from fire…”—Dante Alighieri  There’s more to the quote than that but for me, for now, this will suffice. Summer has yet to officially begin and yet The San Fernando Valley pays no mind to […]