Zucchini Salad with lemon and mint

So, I made it back from New Zealand…finally. The plane got struck by lightning and the customs line at LAX was ENDLESS, but I’m happy to be back to summer! (That’s not to say I didn’t love New Zealand…I did, and I highly recommend you go there). After so […]

Quinoa and Edamame Salad

My mom included quinoa in my last care package, and I was pretty stoked to see it.  Brown rice is fine, but I’m definitely starting to get a little tired of it, and I want to play around a little more with different whole grains. I found some fresh […]

Agvolemono with Broccoli and Spinach

Try not to let the fact that this soup has two of the world’s most-hated vegetables in it deter you. Speaking of hating vegetables, that is high on my list of Things I Just Don’t Understand. Vegetables are incredibly healthy, cheap, and can be cooked in so many different […]

Creamy Lemon Pasta with Vegetables

My husband is incredibly easy-going when it comes to my cooking. Usually when I ask what he wants for dinner, he says “whatever you want to make” and eats it without complaint (he’s a keeper). So when he offers suggestions, I listen. Last night his only request was for […]

Broccoli-Almond Chicken

Home ec class, Hollywood Senior High School, Nedlands, Western Australia. That’s where, in the fall of 1997, I fell in love with cooking. I had cooked periodically before that, but that was the first time I got to do everything myself, start to finish. I was in heaven. One […]

Risotto with Lemon and Scallions

I think I have found my new favorite risotto recipe!  The flavors are so bright and fresh and it is deliciously creamy, like any good risotto should be.  When the days are short and the weather is cold I’m definitely coming back to this recipe.  I think it would be […]

Cucumber-Peanut Salad

I have a glaring shortcoming as a home cook, and that is that I am salad-challenged.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy a good salad.  I LOVE them.  The problem is, they never turn out quite how I want them to.  My dressings end up too oily or too […]

Recipe Exchange: Lemon Jelly Dessert

When this recipe showed up in my Inbox, I really didn’t know what to think.  Lemon Jell-O? I mean I do enjoy Jell-O on occasion, but I don’t think I’ve ever made lemon.  Evaporated milk, whipped?  Why wouldn’t you just use cream?   Doubts aside, I went ahead and […]

Humble Hummus

A simple bowl of hummus with some assorted crudites for dipping may not be the flashiest appetizer around, but it is so simple and satisfying.  Underneath the lemon zest and cilantro garnish, this hummus has just the right balance of flavors and a nice smooth texture.  Play around with […]

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