Salt&Spice Best-Cookies-Ever, for Kennedy and Heather

This recipe was an experiment that did not yield the result I was hoping for. That day, I had a business appointment with my friend/new client Heather, at her home and I knew her little girl would be there. To thank them for their time and hospitality, I couldn’t resist taking them a little gift […]

Italian-crumbed Chicken with Summer Tomato Salad

Once upon a time, I dreamed of being such a great Chef that I could just open my fridge and know exactly what splendid creation to make with a bunch of random foods. Well. With all due modesty, this recipe is something like that ;). One fresh vinaigrette dressing brings chicken thighs and summer fresh […]

Carved Crudite Platter with Lemon Hummus Dip

I promise that you can rock this platter this summer and guests will love it. (Vegetarian/vegan guests will love you for it.) It’s way easier than it appears. Get a sharp paring knife, large Chef’s knife, and crinkle cutter ready – you’ve got this.

Simple Black Beans

Creamy cooked beans are both nourishing and nutritious, so this recipe is a keeper. I do love to cook dried beans on occasion, but I promised simple here. A quality can of black beans will absolutely do, and it makes the prep a snap.

Mediterranean Street Food

This recipe is one of my most popular ever. I first made it around 8 or 9 years ago, when I was brand-new at my post as a Spanish Bar Chef.

Larry’s French Toast

French Toast was one of our dad’s best recipes. Maybe his only recipe, but surely his best.

DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Did you know, that for the first time ever, DoubleTree by Hilton has revealed their Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, that welcomes and comforts hotel guests upon arrival? This recipe was also the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station! Lots to love about this! Senior VP of […]

Sweet Potato and Grain Bowl

This last November the weekend of my mom’s memorial services in San Gabriel, my BFF Tina and I stayed at the Marriott Courtyard in Old Pasadena on the Saturday night. I was exhausted beyond measure, but really wanted to visit as long as I could last that night. We sat in the Bar to eat […]

Zucchini-Carrot-Apple Muffins

A couple weeks ago, I suddenly began craving those muffins, filled with one of everything I had at home (zucchini, carrots, apple, walnuts), for which I was delighted. Grocery shopping at this moment is not nearly as fun as it once was, at least for me. My sisters and friends said they were doing a lot more baking, and I wanted to play too. Right away.