Clam Chowder and Steamed Artichoke

Another super simple meal… for my biggest fan and critic! My daughter. I don’t always get much time to cook for her anymore but when I do I like to whip up some of her favorites! I came up with a simple and less heavy recipe for clam chowder. It was damn good too! Maia…

Rainy Day Bolognese

A rainy, cold, SoCal day begs for a big pot of bolognese! I danced outside the box with this classic comfort food, making it with ground lamb and it was incredible! My ingredient list: Yellow onion, garlic, ground lamb, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, red wine, s&p This is the ensemble of…

Something For The Kids

I had so much fun playing in the kitchen for our Halloween menu! My daughter is a senior in high school now. I feel our Halloween days are going to be limited or come to an end. She will be off doing her own adventurous and more grown up things very soon! But for now…

Pie Baking with Kate McDermott

Who loves pie? I know I do! I don’t consider myself a dessert lover but I do love pie! I love it so much, I nicknamed my daughter Pie, because she’s the most perfect thing in the universe…just like pie! So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be able to attend a pie baking…

Bison Sloppy Joes

When my daughter actually asks me to cook I get so excited! She is almost seventeen and having any time with her is very rare these days. I know she is on the typical teenager diet right now, eating when it’s convenient and usually consisting of lots of junk food, so I get even more…

Morning Breakfast with Teenagers

I woke up in the morning to a pile of teenage girls camped out in the living room. It was the perfect setting for breakfast with teenagers. I didn’t have to run off to work and they were hungry little gremlins. Stella, (my daughters friend) was ready to to do some cooking! As usual I…

Chicken and Waffles!

My daughter loves her some chicken and waffles. She’s also a teenager with a short attention span. I like to make her chicken and waffles when we actually get a morning together but I know I’ve got to be quick about it or she will fill up on easy access junk and be out the…

Po’ Boy Subs

What Maia Wants Maia Gets! My daughter has been begging me to make her a Shrimp Po’ Boy since she got back from a summer trip to Port Aransas. She said it was the best thing she ever ate! So, of course I accepted the challenge for her to love mine as much! Since I…

What Maia Wants Maia Gets

This insanely delicious meal started with me making my daughter carry home two whole organic chickens that were on sale at Whole Foods for .99 cents a pound. I would have been happy to carry them home myself but, I work there and didn’t get off until after the store closed. We only live a…

Organo Gold Latte Smoothie

One of my most fabulous and best friend has become apart of the Organo Gold Family. She’s doing quite well and now has enlisted her nineteen year old daughter. This is where I come in. I’ve inherited her daughter for the summer. She and my daughter are thick as thieves and have made my little…

JJ’s Easy Lebanese Mezza

Sometimes I get that craving for some good old down home cooking. For me, that’s Lebanese food. I grew up eating it and it’s definitely my comfort food! However, my family recipes handed down over the generations are not simple recipes to throw  together. They are very delicious and worth every hour spent in the…

JJ’s Picasso Pizza

One of my favorite things to make for my daughter is pizza! We love pizza in my family and making them at home can be lots of fun. The dough becomes a blank canvas and the end results are your very own delicious works of art. Now,being the obsessed foodie that I am, I had…