Kabocha Squash Soup

Kabocha Squash Soup Kabocha Squash or “Japanese Pumpkin” is likely a squash you pass in the grocery store.  Like a short green pumpkin, this is one of those vegetables that I would look at and say “one of these days I’m going to get one of those”. Finally, I saw one that had a descriptive … More Kabocha Squash Soup

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas A staple of the south, black eyed peas are almost non-existent on menus in Southern California.  However, one should always be ready to expand their culinary dishes and this dish has five great points: 1)  It has great flavor 2)  It is extremely easy to make 3)  Its full of protein and … More Black Eyed Peas

Pico de Gallo

Fresh Pico de gallo We came home from vacation this week and found ripe peppers and tomatoes abundant in the garden.  What a nice welcome back gift! One of the things we craved on vacation was plain old chips and salsa.  The areas we visited didn’t serve a lot of fresh vegetables so we couldn’t … More Pico de Gallo

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a fresh green herb sauce that is tangy, garlicky and flavorful and goes beautifully on steak, grilled chicken or shrimp, or even topped on grilled bread.   It is easy to make, and brings on a bold flavor statement that will wake up your taste buds. I worked this recipe up the other night … More Chimichurri Sauce

Strawberry Pie

Summer couldn’t be here fast enough – this “is it Spring?” or is it a repeat of Fall is driving me a little bonkers.  So with spring and summer comes the beautiful strawberries that grow all throughout Ventura and San Diego counties.  We are lucky in Southern California that big sweet strawberries are plentiful for … More Strawberry Pie