Light Potato Leek Soup

The skies have been overcast most days here, which is LA’s version of winter I guess.  On days like these only one thing comes to my mind: soup.  Whether the soup is accompanying dinner or my stomach is a little upset, it’s nice to reach for something lighter on the lighter side. This recipe is like this classic version, which also features a rich, flavorful broth stewed with fresh herbs and thickened with potatoes.  But I’ve... Read More

Baked Eggplant Bruschetta Salad

I love bruschetta. It has tomato and basil, some of my favorite fresh summer flavors, and in this incarnation I even threw in some roasted eggplant.  But what i don’t love is trying to balance all those delicious veggies on top of a little piece of toast before it finds its way to my mouth.  I figured it would be much easier to just chop up the bread too and toss it all together as a salad. Baked Eggplant Bruschetta Salad 2 c cubed bread 2... Read More

herb and corn meal onion rings

i appreciate a good onion ring when i taste one, but it’s hard to find a place that doesn’t fry them up in the same oil they cook the chicken fingers in.  similarly, the heavy all-flour batter typically used is way too thick, requiring a longer cooking, which results in an over-cooked onion inside. i took a stab at making my own with some delicious results – using corn meal instead of flour makes for a much lighter, fresher, crispier... Read More

whole roasted garlic clove focaccia bread

i love making my own bread.  there really isn’t any comparison between a fresh, out of the oven, loaf and store bought varieties.  but bread can be tricky to get right –  either it is too dense, the crust isn’t thick enough, or it comes out lopsided.  focaccia is a simple bread to make that’s always soft on the inside with a crunchy crust. adding italian herbs to focaccia is fairly normal, but i stepped it up a notch by... Read More