Chicken Satay with Peanut Apricot Sauce

I learned a lot making this recipe for Chicken Satay with Peanut Apricot Sauce. 

First, dry skewers tend to burst into flames. Thankfully I’d soaked mine – though not nearly long enough. The ones that survived are pictured here. Continue Reading →

Incan Quinoa Salad

If you find yourself in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at lunchtime on a weekday, head straight to Café Carambola. You’ll be welcomed into this tiny, bright restaurant by the ebullient smile of Carlos Aguilar. His wife, Colomba – whose recipes are fresh, delicious combinations of Latin flavors, is most likely (repeatedly) answering customers’ questions about what is in this or that delicious dish. Continue Reading →

Mango Ahi Tuna Poke Avocado Bowls

If you’re blessed enough to have one great friend in life, you are blessed indeed. For some unfathomable reason, I hit the mother-lode.

Every one of the women that I hold dear plays an invaluable, yet different, role in this precious circle… And for the past two months, I’ve been blessed to be making camp in northern Idaho with two of them. Continue Reading →

Jalapeño Watermelon Bites :: Birthday at the Barn

Every year, we spend more and more time in northern Idaho, in a spot about 20 miles south of Coeur d’Alene. And most years, that trip coincides with my best friend’s birthday. Continue Reading →

Blueberry-Lemon Icebox Cake

The past several months have been a blur. Between the holidays, seemingly endless entertaining, travel and launching a new company, I’ve relied more than ever on a well stocked freezer. Not just for surviving the oh $%&*#, it’s 5:30 and I haven’t even thought about dinner moments, but for taking some of the stress out of entertaining as well.

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Crispy Chickpeas

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I will drive all the way across town to find fresh homemade pasta, an unusual spice or a special cut of meat. But if I have to find something to wear for an event, or a new pair of shoes, I cringe. I appreciate malls in theory, but in reality, am overwhelmed and intimidated.  Continue Reading →

Broccoli, Pea & Cranberry Salad

broccoli pea and cranberry salad

This is the time of year when everyone seems to be saying “where did the summer go?”! Labor Day weekend snuck up on us, closing out the summer and marking the beginning of football season.

Like many, we’re planning that one last outing on the lake – which calls for good, but simple dishes to take along to enjoy with friends.

It would be easy to stop by the grocery store on the way and pick up a tub of one of their prepared salads. But this Broccoli, Pea & Cranberry Salad is not only easy to make, it’s a lot healthier than the fat-and-sugar laden version my store sells. And it’s just as delicious.

Broccoli, Pea & Cranberry Salad
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup canola mayonnaise {I like Ojai Cook Lemonaise}
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets (about 1 bunch)
  • ½ cups cooked frozen peas
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • ⅓ cup reduced-sugar dried cranberries
  • 4 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Instructions
  1. Soak red onion in cold water for 5 minutes; drain.
  2. Combine mayonnaise and next 5 ingredients (through pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Stir in red onion, broccoli, peas and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving.

 

Skinny Buddha Bowl {and Cookbook Giveaway!}

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On summer evenings there’s a window of time between when our deck is finally covered in shade, and before the mosquitos come out, that is perfect for dinner al fresco. And if I’ve done just a little prep early in the day, I can spend my time enjoying a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc outside instead of standing over the stove.

This Skinny Buddha Bowl, inspired by my friend Robin Asbell, is a perfect meal for those nights. Continue Reading →

Nutty Granola Bars {These are for you, Donny Osmond!}

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I’m a little bit country
And I’m a little bit rock ‘n roll
I’m a little bit of Memphis and Nashville
With a little bit of Motown in my soul
I don’t know if it’s good or bad but I know I love it so
I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock ‘n roll…

My 70’s crush on Donny Osmond made me want to be a little country to his “rock ‘n roll.” I knew every cheesy dance move to the song, and daydreamed about taking Marie’s place, if say, she called in sick or fell off the stage. Never mind that I couldn’t sing. {Why yes, I was a huge nerd. How did you know?!?}

Regardless of whether or not you enjoyed the song, the lyrics definitely reinforced the belief that opposites attract.

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Iceberg with Tomatoes, Blue Cheese & Bacon

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If you’re of a certain age, and especially if you’re from the east coast, you get a picture in your mind when you hear the word “steakhouse.” Maybe you know of Delmonico’s {the first steakhouse in the US}. Or Peter Lugers… Murray’s… Or my personal favorite, 21 Club. Continue Reading →