Posted in December 2012

these are a few of my favorite things…

these are a few of my favorite things…

Pretending to be a sugar plum fairy in my new slippers Our holiday card Free Meyer lemons from our neighbors (the zest and juice went into my shredded brussels sprouts salad for a recent dinner party) Gluten-free pumpkin-pecan rolls Michael baked on Christmas morning Southern California's warm sunshine in December Brown paper packages tied up … Continue reading

scrumptious banana-pecan muffins

scrumptious banana-pecan muffins

Here's a quick little post for a quick little recipe for muffins. Take a look at what arrived at my doorstep yesterday: I know, AWESOME, right! I'm so freaking excited! Thanks Mama P. & Dave-in-law!!! I've already been fantasizing about all the ways I will use them (baked with goat cheese inside of prosciutto-wrapped dates … Continue reading

sage pesto-filled portobello caps

sage pesto-filled portobello caps

I will not over-do it this holiday season…I will not over-do it this holiday season…I will not, oh dammit. Faced with decadent treats, a bevy of heavy winter meals, and Champagne toasts, it's all too easy to get carried away, allowing a sensible diet to give way to over-indulgence (and elastic waistbands!) If you're looking … Continue reading

skillet fish over creamy polenta

skillet fish over creamy polenta

While perfect for a weeknight meal on account of its quick preparation time, this is also one of my favorite ways to serve fish for a dinner party. This dish is comprised of super humble (and healthy) ingredients that will keep your wallet (and your waistline!) slim. The elegant presentation will never betray to your … Continue reading

creamy creamless parsnip & apple soup

creamy creamless parsnip & apple soup

Here's another soup I've added to my wintry culinary repertoire. Though it doesn't look like much, its texture is luxurious (without a drop of cream!), the taste is clean and uncomplicated, and it is surprisingly filling! And the fact that the ingredients are super cheap and nutritious is an added bonus! Serve on a weeknight … Continue reading

a simple little soup

a simple little soup

To many, December is the time of year to indulge in rich cheeses, decadent desserts, and calorie-loaded beverages. What with holiday parties and a festive spirit permeating the air, it's only natural to crave (and cave into) loads of baked brie, hunks of fudge, and as many gingerbread latt├ęs you can swallow in a three-week … Continue reading