Recipes

Ultimate Potato Salad (Whole30 Compliant!)

I grew up eating potato salad and it wasn’t until later in life that realized how spoiled I was by my mother’s potato salad, because it seems no one else makes it quite as well. It’s always really creamy and eggy, with plenty of mayo, and the light crunch of celery and red onion. It’s […]

Ultimate Potato Salad - Whole30 Compliant!, paleo, whole foods, green beans

Paleo Zucchini Hummus

I’m almost done with my first ever Whole30 and this paleo zucchini hummus has been one of my favorite recipes so far! It makes a delicious dip for fresh veggies or an excellent addition to a Mediterranean plate with seasoned lamb patties, olives and a tomato cucumber salad. While hummus is usually made with garbanzo […]

Paleo Zucchini Hummsu

How to Make a Chrysanthemum Compress

Known as Ju Hua in Chinese, chrysanthemum is one of my favorite herbs.  It is a yellow or white flower that is similar to chamomile, in fact they are in the same family. Drinking chrysanthemum tea has several benefits and, as I explain above, the flowers can be used as a compress as well. Owing to antimicrobial […]

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

If you are feeling overloaded from holiday food and looking for something light to get your digestion back on track, or if you have been battling with a low immune system all season, then this is just the soup for you. What better for digestion and immunity than homemade chicken soup, made with a whole chicken, […]

Chicken Vegetable Soup

The Perfect Egg

Eggs are seemingly one of the simplest to cook foods, in fact it’s the first thing many people learn to make for themselves.  But getting the texture juuuuust right can be tricky. Personally I like a really runny yolk and I want the white to be fully cooked but still soft.  Often with fried eggs […]

The perfect egg, paleo, whole30, real food, whole food

Chicken Pho with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

I am a total soup fiend, I love it in all its forms and all year long. Blended veggie soups are my go to, I love congee and other porridges, tom ka gai and tortilla soup are obsessions of mine, but pho ranks up there as one of my favorites. Pho has so many complex flavors, […]

Paleo Chicken Pho

Homemade Butter

If you have never had homemade butter then you are in for a real treat.  Homemade butter is softer, sweeter, moister and downright tastier than its store bought counterparts.  Plus you can control exactly how much salt you add, and it’s an added bonus that people will be very impressed that you made your own butter. […]

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Baked Rhubarb Donuts

Well I just barely missed National Donut Day, but I’ll definitely be saving this recipe for next year. I got a pan for baking donuts a while back and have been meaning to put it to good use, this turned out to be the perfect recipe.  You can use any cake base to make baked donuts, but […]

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Chicken Liver Pâté

My farmers’ market source for pasture-raised chicken products is La Bahn Ranch.  Typically I get a few dozen eggs and a whole chicken, but being such a fan of liver pâté I’ve been dying to try it out.  Thanksgiving proved to be the perfect excuse so I finally took the plunge and bought a pound of chicken livers […]

Chicken Liver Pate

Cauliflower Leek and Fennel Soup

The long Thanksgiving weekend brought a bit of much needed rain here in LA, so we finally got a taste of autumn weather and a respite from the unrelenting heat. I make soups all year round because I find it’s a great way to get bone broth and a good helping of veggies into my diet. […]

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Fresh Peach Ice Cream

I made this a few weeks back but have been too busy to post it.  I realized I better get it up before summer is officially over and we won’t be able to find delicious ripe peaches any more! Originally I made this recipe many years ago with my friend and web designer, Jacob.  We made it […]

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad

This fresh summer salad was inspired by something I had at one of my favorite restaurants, Barbrix.  The original dish was made with green and yellow beans tossed in a light vinaigrette and topped with delicious grilled octopus.  While I don’t usually make octopus at home, their preparation of green beans really inspired me to […]

Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Salad

How to Cook a Basic Roasted Chicken

I make roasted chicken all the time, usually once a week. It is one of the simplest and most economical way of cooking chicken since it makes enough for dinner plus leftovers, and I can use the bones to make a batch of broth.  I get locally pasture-raised poultry from La Bahn Ranch at the […]

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Fresh Strawberry Popsicles – 2 ways

I’ve been wanting to experiment with making my own popsicles for long time now but never had proper molds, until my birthday a few months ago.  Not only was I gifted 18 popsicle molds but also an amazing book on how to make them using fresh seasonal produce, called People’s Pops. To jump right in […]

Fresh Strawberry Popsicles

3 Healthy Summertime Mocktails – Guest Post at MamaFloat

If you are enjoying a Memorial Day BBQ today but can’t drink alcohol then be sure to check out my latest post over at MamaFloat for some tasty summertime mocktail recipes!  I show you how to make your own vinegar-based syrup known as shrub, as well as healthy takes on a mojito and piña colada. […]

3 Summer Mocktails