Baja Shrimp Tacos

School vacations give me serious time to think about anything OTHER than school.  I did some serious soul searching recently recently when I went to the VERY seriously delicious Cala restaurant on Fell Street in SF with a group of friends.  I’ve been wanting to eat there for the longest time  — and once there, […]

Shrimp in Madeira Sauce with Cherry Tomatoes and Crispy Shallots

I’ve made this for my mom, and two sets of friends and the verdict is that this is DUH-LICIOUS.  Easy to make and wonderful flavors — I added a big pinch of Aleppo pepper because I’m in love with it.  It’s so good, it’ll help you forget (for a few minutes) the mess that our […]

Cauliflower, Apple and Walnut Salad

  Dinner last night — mmmmmm! all my favorite flavors — fresh veggies, walnuts, lemon and manchego cheese! Serves: 4 Cauliflower and Walnut Salad 1/2 head of cauliflower – cored and cut into florets 2 celery stalks – trimmed 3 radishes – tops removed 1/2 small green apple – cored 1/4 small red onion 3 […]

Mexican Street Corn Salad

The flavors of summer. A delicious and quick summer salad. The original recipe calls for raw corn — super fast!  I grilled my corn because I preferred that flavor. INGREDIENTS 1 cup cooked red quinoa, use package directions 3 cups corn (about 4 ears), cut from the cob (I prefer to roast the corn on […]

Little Gem Salad with Buttermilk Vinaigrette

I am addicted to little gem lettuce — it’s kind of like a miniature romaine.  Lunardi’s, a grocery store near my house, carries it, and it’s the only place I can find it except for the farmer’s market occasionally.   This is a pretty and delicious salad —  my new fave. Dressing 1 small shallot […]

Grilled Lemongrass Pork and Rice Noodle “Salad”

I am in love with Asian Box, a small chain takeout restaurant in downtown Mountain View.  You HAVE to check this out:  http://www.asianbox.com/menu Everything on that menu (except maybe the caramel egg) is so delicious, but it took just a couple visits to find my favorite:  Lemongrass pork with chilled rice noodles, bean sprouts,crispy shallots, […]

Couscous Salad with Cucumber and Tomatoes

My favorite summer salad! Be sure to use Israeli or pearled couscous — it’s the bigger and tastier version of the conventional kind.  Cool and refreshing! INGREDIENTS ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup Israeli couscous (pearled couscous) 6 to 8 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste (I usually split the lemon juice with white wine vinegar — 3 tablespoons […]

Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Summer is salad season for me.  And summer has been nosing around northern California this past week with temperatures rising into the low 90’s the past couple of days.  There’s no way I want to turn the stove on during these beautiful evenings, so I’ve been eating so many salads, my skin is taking on […]

Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad . . .

with a YUMMY yogurt dressing.  My new FAVORITE salad!  I think I’ve eaten it 5 of the past 9 days.   I’m a pushover for anything with cucumber in it, and the herbs give this salad such a fresh and sparkly taste.  Super easy to make — it’s gonna be your favorite salad too!  Don’t […]

Parsley, Lemon and Cannellini Bean Salad

Bright, fresh, tangy and satisfying.  This is another rockstar recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s new book  Plenty More.    His recipes are easy to make and have surprising flavors that make my mouth so happy.  I hate canned beans, so I always make mine from scratch–plan ahead (four hours in a crockpot).  The second recipe below for […]