I am still in Thanksgiving mode and working on my side dishes for the big feast. I really like this one, with the soft sweet butternut squash, the crunchy nutty quinoa and the nuggets of garbonzo chewiness. I love the herby note of cilantro and sweet honey lemon vinaigrette that ties the whole thing together.
I love leftovers. There’s just no two ways about it. And I swear, leftovers are the mother of invention, at least in my kitchen. So there I was, making a thousand spring rolls and my fridge was filled with 8 containers of different dipping sauces. And the recipes make a pretty fair amount, too. I [...]
Sunday. I am all alone in my house for the whole day. This doesn’t happen very often. When my eyes popped open this morning all I could think about was what I was going to cook. All by myself in the kitchen. Nobody interrupting me. No loud music blaring. No UFC match yelling and cheering. [...]
When I returned from my son’s wedding in May, after having my new daughter-in-law show me how to make spring rolls, I was totally enthralled with them. I made spring rolls every day for about two weeks with a variety of fillings, and I went on a quest for interesting dipping sauces to go with [...]
On January 1, 2013 I made my New Year’s Resolution list. Remember doing that? Well, my list had two items on it: 1) go on a diet; and 2) get some exercise. I don’t know about you, but I can’t diet until all the stars are properly aligned. You know, like there are no big [...]
Ok, so you were intrigued with my Grilled Scallops with Red Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette, had to make them, acquired both red and green yuzu kosho and made the recipe. Yea! But now you have the rest of the jar of that red stuff and are wondering what to do with it. Well, here is [...]
On Saturday May 18, 2013, after a 10 year courtship and engagement, FINALLY, my son and his fiancé got married! Yea! I flew from LAX to the Sacramento Airport on Thursday night and on Friday spent the day helping get their house ready for the wonderful backyard wedding they had planned. Part of the Friday [...]
2013 was my fourth year to attend Camp Blogaway, the food blogger bootcamp held each year at Camp de Benneville Pines in the pine forested mountains in Angelus Oaks, California. Cabins, bunkbeds, sleeping bags, a lodge with a huge fireplace, and 100 food bloggers for a three day extravaganza saturated with food blogging happenings. This [...]
I am such a sucker for grill marks. There is something about them that makes my artist’s eye really happy and quivery. I have been seeing grilled or fried cheese just about everywhere and really wanted to try my hand at it. Halloumi cheese seems to be the one most frequently chosen for grilling because [...]
Do you remember last June, when I was making Pistachio and Goat Cheese Wrapped Grapes and I told you Kim, from Rustic Garden Bistro, came for lunch and brought me fresh many-hued eggs from her very own chickens? Well, I wanted to make something really special with them and I think this Roasted Asparagus and [...]
I don’t regularly photograph my lunch. I mean, you’ve seen one peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you’ve seen them all. And everyone knows how to make them. No fun. On the other hand, sometimes my lunch is sorta photogenic, like this chicken salad. I was just going to eat it, and then I really looked [...]
It’s that time of year, when the abundance of zucchini begins to appear. My readers are searching my site for zucchini recipes, so I would like to add another for your review. And by the way, if anyone has zucchini they want to anonymously leave on my doorstep, I live in Torrance, California. This [...]
Last week I noticed Black Rice had appeared at my Ralphs Market for the first time and was totally intrigued, so I bought some. This Black Rice Salad was a great recipe to try it in and a perfect chance for me to use some of the green onions I have been growing on my [...]
I moved into this new house last year in June 2011 and after moving in the boxes, unpacking and recovering from move trauma, it was July or August and much too late to put in a garden. The garden space was a mess with weeds and tar paper covered with redwood chips. This May I [...]
Hello! My name is Lynne Hemer and I am a woman obsessed with food and cooking, in search of new, unusual, exotic and sublime ingredients and recipes. I love reading cookbooks, taking cooking classes, going to restaurants, photographing food, and blogging about it all! I hope you enjoy my website as much as I enjoy creating it.