Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Grilled Chicken with Goat Cheese, Candied Tomatoes and Roasted Olives for #WeekdaySupper


At 8, my favorite puzzle was Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

It had a princess, a prince and an evil dragon queen (nightmares the whole summer). It also had a backside. A two-puzzles-in-one type. Now that's scary.

I'd sit for hours thinking of all the solutions and the best way to make things piece together.  But when it came down to it, the story line often overcame the process.

And the story became more of my guide.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bacon and Brie Potato Bread Strata with Roasted Pears for Breakfast for Dinner #SundaySupper


It all started with a Spudnut.

You mean a donut?

Well, yes.  But this wasn't just your average donut.

I was a little skeptical as I drove by the new donut shop in downtown Santa Barbara when I saw the name... Spudnuts.  And even more skeptical when I found out that the donuts were made using potato flour.
Sounded... starchy.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Vegan Ratatouille Tacos with Shallot & Swiss Chard Hummus (Guest Post for Soni's Food) #healthyluxemeals


Oh, how time flies... especially when it involves good friends, and good food.

And I can't believe that my first post with was exactly 5 months ago, today. 

I was very new to food blogging, and came across a post on retro cooking.  The recipes had such fun names, and I could tell by reading all of the posts that this was a group I wanted to be a part of.  And joining it has been one of the best things I've ever done.

Not only has it pushed my culinary skills by encouraging creativity in my recipes and cooking outside of my comfort zone.  But it has also led me to the most amazing group of people, many whom I now consider friends... even though we've never actually met in person.

So, today I have the honor of guest posting over at .  I met Soni through Sunday Supper and have loved seeing her Indian inspired recipes.  Soni has a really neat story.  She grew up in India, then lived in the UK for a few years, before settling here.  And her great appreciation for Global Cuisine shows in her style and knowledge of cooking.  Seriously, you're going to want to check out her recipe index!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Deep South Dilly Beans for Preserving the Harvest #SundaySupper #healthyluxemeals


Just when I thought I had seen and tried it all, this week I saw the light.  The coupon clipping light.

It's true.   I clipped, I planned, I even made a list... and I saved.
Oh boy, did I save.  And now I'm hooked.

Not hooked in the way that I'll carry around a five pound coupon binder, price checking every item as I stroll down the aisles.  Or, in the way that I'll dive in your dumpster looking for extra Sunday Circulars...

well not yet, at least.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Low Carb Fines Herbes Crab Cakes with a Dijon, Champagne Vinegar, Maple Syrup Sauce


Fines herbes doesn't have to mean fine dining...

unless you throw in some crab.  And then you might as well bring out the good china.

So, what are fines herbes, and how do pronounce it, anyways?


Bonus points if you say it with a French accent and are wearing a beret.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Citrus Soy Glazed Sirloin Stir-Fry for #WeekdaySupper


It's not often, but this week, "Where's the beef," beat out "Eat mor chikin," in my house.

Maybe because it's grilling season?

Or maybe it's because my man couldn't bear the thought of us actually reaching number 276, in Diana's "500 unusual and interesting ways you never knew that chicken could taste so good" crusade.

Hey, it could happen!