Garden Pesto!

I have the wonderful opportunity to be working once again this year with EnrichLA – a nonprofit in the heart of Los Angeles that builds & cultivates gardens and educates students about how food grows, what it tastes like and what kinds of critters that live in them. My role as a Garden Ranger is […]

Buttermilk Biscuits

I have a love-hate relationship with mornings.   You see, I like the idea of waking up bright & early to get things done. And certainly I’ve enjoyed many productive days all because I woke up early. But I never seem to enjoy the waking UP process… I especially loathe alarm clocks. Who wants to wake […]

Lemon Curd

Lemons. The joy on a hot, sweaty day in the form of a glass of sour-sweet water. The delectableness of zesty cookies. The extra zing in a low country boil. The happy yellow of a subtle rind garnish. The refreshing scent in a reviving candle. Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits, used in foods […]

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender is such a beautiful flower. I love seeing it grow in Los Angeles because it brings color to the brown and crunchy landscapes. Soon after moving here, my roommate and I bought a small lavender plant and added it to our front lawn. Since, it’s been flourishing fabulously and has grown 4 times it’s […]

Rosemary & Lemon Butter Cookies

Today was my last day teaching garden classes before summer starts. What better way to close the fun-filled year than to make sweets with one’s students? ;-) The idea for this lesson was to introduce some unique & easy recipes using ingredients from the kids’ garden. One of my students suggested cookies. At first, I was slightly […]

EnrichLA: Tasting Apples with My Students

I can’t believe it’s already two weeks until school ends. On June 5th, my contract with EnrichLA that began in January will be end, leaving me with nothing better to do than enjoy a beautiful two-month summer vacay in sunny and beach-breezy Los Angeles where Cobalt and I have resided since October. Praise God, I did […]

Date & Oatmeal Spice Cookies

I’m a sucker for modifying recipes. It’s both a bad habit and an adventure. I suppose I get easily tired of consistency and predictability? A trait I find ironic, considering my need for structure… Anyway, these cookies came from modifying an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe from the back of my Kroger Oatmeal Box. But so […]

Healthier Orange Chicken & Rice

Ever since moving to Los Angeles I’ve loved the fact that we live in an area of town where there are so many Asian restaurant options. Vietnamese Pho, Korean BBQ, Japanese, Philippino … so genuine and delicious! It has caused my and hubby’s restaurant-budget to increase a bit – but man, is it worth it! […]