• 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
  • Pasta Diavola

    “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi Though my travels in Italy are at this point limited to a mere two weeks, many years ago, I’m of the same mind. Give me Italy; you may have all the rest. Simon and I visited six years ago and some of […]

  • 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 […]

  • Appetizers
  • Birthday Margaritas, Tostones, & Tortilla

    There was a time when birthdays caused me great distress. Spending my childhood steeped in worry—about anything and everything—it’s no surprise my innate penchant for anxiety permeated most aspects of my life. Especially when it came to the oppressing passage of time. It felt like cold hands around my throat tightening with vice-like quality with […]

  • Breakfast
  • Thai Shakshuka

    It’s funny; working from home I don’t really have Mondays or Fridays anymore. Sure, their general presence still helps to define the general sense of any given week but they don’t hold the same significance that they used to. Monday isn’t the end nor is Friday the beginning of my weekend. Nearly every day is […]

  • Healthy
  • Rustic Caprese Salad

    Ah, summer has arrived and with it innumerable possibilities for summer salads. I’m drawn to them for several reasons. First, I spent winter and spring inhaling chips and pizza, all the while resolving to get that coveted “summer bod” by the beginning of June. Well my friends, that moment has come and gone, but I maintained […]