Blue Cheese Burger with Caramelized Onions


School is out and Summer is in full swing. I’ve been inspired to start combing our local beaches for sea glass with the kids. Thanks Noel. Blue sea glass will be our pirates treasure. Could the recent bountiful sea glass finds on Southern California beaches be from Japan? Remants from last years tsunami? Deep thoughts. […]

Asian Noodle Chicken Salad


Hi! I’m still around. This End of School Year business is crazy-crazy. Leaves very little time for anything other than cookie baking, driving to and fro from campus, photos, year-end gifts… Believe-you-me, I barely have time to use the facilities. Three in elementary school will do that to you this time of year. When my […]

Chez Panisse, found by Alice Waters


60 minutes did a piece on Alice Waters in 2009. I caught it while flipping through the channels. It was about a little Berkeley restaurant know as Chez Panisse, found by Alice Waters in 1971. She was 27 years old. 27 people! From the beginning, Alice’s restaurant used the freshest local food available, prepared and […]

Napa or Sonoma?


Napa or Sonoma? That is the question. If you are going on a wine-o weekend, stuff which do you choose? Inquiring minds. Well, remedy after umpteen trips to this wonderful Northern California region, I hope that I’ve got an informed wine-o-opinion. First, let’s talk about Sonoma. Wineries here tend to be smaller, friendlier, and more […]

Puff Pastry Appetizer with Feta and Caramelized Onions


They say once you have reached a certain place in life, physician you gain a better understanding of your true needs. For me, I don’t necessarily feel time has refined mine. My needs have always been to be surrounded by a healthy, loving and trusted tribe. Yes. That is my thing. No judging allowed. Period. […]

Grilled Cilantro Chicken


Chicken is just so chicken. It can be kinda boring at times. With the weather warming up outdoors, grilling is in the air.  Can you smell it?  What can we do to create a mysteriously good grilled chicken dish?  Let’s think about this. Lately, I have gravitated towards flavors that are hidden and make a […]

The Totally Haute Giveaway Winner is:


of this amazing Gourmet Filet Cooking Kit:   HOLLY W! Congratulations You will be contacted regarding you Totally Haute Cooking Kit post haste!! You can read all about the Gourmet Company HERE Happy Mother’s Day to those who have given birth to, adopted, and nurtured children in your lives. Warm hugs and smooches to all […]

Sweet Garlic Soup


The first time I tasted this Sweet Garlic Soup, I knew I could never live without it. The name, yes, is very interesting, sweet and garlic combined? But, it is so incredibly good. I dream about making vats of it daily to feed the world. Where did this recipe come from?  I am proud to […]

Totally Haute Gourmet Cooking Kits


Really Good Food. Don’t you just love it. We all deserve it. Particularly on a special occasion or memorable vacation. The choices, however, are dine at home, spending hours in the kitchen after shopping all over town for just the right ingredients or make a reservation. Both can have equally high price tags or a […]