It’s Loquat Season!

April 24, 2015

Earlier this week I had a great dinner with my friends Heidi and Tom at their house, which I hadn’t been to before. Guess what they have on their property? Loquat trees!

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Which just begs the question: What’s a loquat?
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A Double Carrot Kind of Day

April 17, 2015

Ever have a day where you just end up eating a whole lotta carrots? I just had one of those days. It started when I was decided to make, as a mid-afternoon snack, some roasted, glazed carrots. I had these beauties in my fridge, from the Los Angeles Salad Company:

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They call them Baby Carrots with Tops, but I call them Read the rest of this entry »


A Hike in the Mountains, A Walk on the Beach

March 31, 2015

While racing up a 52-story building certainly burned a lot of calories, it wasn’t the only exercise I got during my weekend in San Francisco. In fact, it wasn’t even the only exercise I got that day! Read the rest of this entry »


Green Beans with Anchovy Topping

March 12, 2015

I’ve been back from Michigan for a week, but I have one more recipe to share from my time there. It seems weird to use the phrase “anchovy topping,” because it sounds desserty, but this dish definitely isn’t a dessert. It starts with three very un-desserty ingredients: onion, green pepper, and red pepper.

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That’s 1/2 an onion, 1/2 a green pepper, and (surprise, surprise) 1/2 a red pepper.

I should back up. The idea for this dish came about because Read the rest of this entry »


Double-Lemon Baked Chicken

March 4, 2015

Here’s an easy dinner idea for you. I whipped this up in Michigan, when my friend Lauren came over for dinner, and truth be told, I kinda made it up as it went along. But it ended up being a hit with Lauren, my dad, and my cousin, so… you should try it too!

And here’s a fun fact to sweeten the deal: this recipe has no added fat. The only fat on the plate is the fat in the chicken (some I which I trimmed off). So pig out – this is guilt-free!

It starts with two ingredients that make any dish super flavorful… Read the rest of this entry »


My Mystery Dip…REVEALED!

February 20, 2015

You must be on the edge of your seat! The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here. I ended my last post with a tantalizing cliffhanger: what kind of dip would I serve with my jicama and cold cuts platter? The answer is about to be revealed.

But first…let’s play a little Read the rest of this entry »


Jicama + Meat = A Healthy Party Food!

February 19, 2015

Sometimes my mind goes to weird places. The other day, while I was waiting at the service deli at the store, I became fixated with a bizarre question: Could meat be sliced thin enough to be see-through? I ended up ordering 1/2 pound each of turkey pastrami and honey ham, as thin as humanly possible, as when I got home, I immediately tested it out.

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Honey ham = not see-through. Parts were translucent, though! As for the turkey pastrami… Read the rest of this entry »


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