Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Cheese, Asparagus and Ham

March 28th, 2017|Recipes|

A very tasty dish, like something you'd get at a restaurant.  I served it with roasted potatoes with garlic, onions and fresh rosemary. (FYI, I did remove the toothpicks before I started eating!) Adapted from Allrecipes Ingredients 4 servings 1/2 [...]

Hostile Takeover: A Love Story named Finalist in Benjamin Franklin IBPA Awards

March 20th, 2017|Updates|

Really excited that my first novel, Hostile Takeover: A Love Story is a finalist in the Romance category of the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Publishers Association Awards. The awards will be announced on April 7, 2017. Stay tuned!

Risotto with Mushrooms and Garlicky Spinach

March 17th, 2017|Recipes|

I have been tinkering with a mushroom risotto recipe for some time; I think I found my favorite by altering the champagne risotto recipe and adding spinach to the mix. Was really good! Two Servings - Adapted from Giada De [...]

Crispy Baked Eggplant with Florentine Meatballs

March 15th, 2017|Recipes|

Made the baked eggplant with florentine meatballs for dinner last night.  Added a side of pasta and my homemade parmesan crisps. Florentine Meatballs (Makes 12 meatballs) Adapted from Rachel Ray Ingredients 1 bag fresh baby spinach 1 pound (1 package) [...]

Pan-Roasted Cauliflower with Rosemary, Garlic and Parsley

March 14th, 2017|Recipes|

I found this recipe on the web and adapted it.  Wish I could remember who to give credit to, as this is a tasty dish! I love cauliflower when it is browned like this. I threw the almonds and cilantro [...]

Inspiring Women at Stimulating Book Club Event

March 6th, 2017|Updates|

Thanks to the many fabulous women who attended the Book Club meeting and dinner Friday night in Newbury Park, California, hosted by Leah. It was such a joy to discuss our lives and love of books at the home of [...]

Skillet Mac n’ Cheese with Broccoli, Mushrooms and Crispy Prosciutto

March 2nd, 2017|Recipes|

This is a great comfort food recipe.  I added crispy prosciutto, but leave it out for a fab vegetarian dish. Next time, I might add spinach as well. Adapted from New York Times recipe by Tara Parker-Pope I used a [...]

Chickpea Pancakes

March 1st, 2017|Recipes|

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free, served with avocado crema and chopped cilantro. Adapted From: Oh She Glows Yield:  One Large or two smaller pancakes Ingredients: •1 green onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup) •1/4 cup finely chopped [...]

Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)

March 1st, 2017|Recipes|

It took some time, but this turned out so well and I had fun making it! Adapted from Allrecipes Serves 4 Package of eight chicken breast tenders, whole or cut into cubes 2 teaspoons salt, divided 1 tablespoon coconut oil [...]

Zucchini Fritters with Avocado Crema

February 26th, 2017|Recipes|

As I usually do, I combined a number of recipes I found on the internet into this one.  Loved making these fritters, and the avocado crema is something I will be use again on a variety of dishes! 2 large [...]

Dave Towle Podcast: Inspired by Cycling, Writing, Music and Travel

February 20th, 2017|Updates|

It was so fun to catch up with my friend, Dave Towle, amazing cycling announcer, and chat with him for his podcast.  Just click on the link below to listen. We reviewed the history and success of The Amgen Tour [...]

Dutch Baby with Strawberries, Blueberries and Toasted Almonds

February 19th, 2017|Recipes|

  What fun this was to make for breakfast!  I used this Cooking Light recipe, link below. I just made a few small changes.  I added blueberries and substituted toasted sliced almonds for the pistachios and gluten-free flour for [...]

South of France wine cruise–history, wine and great food

February 16th, 2017|Travel|

Not so long ago,  Roy and I did a wine cruise through Southern France with our friends Jackie and James from London.  We had such a good time and saw amazing scenery and history.  We visited Avignon, Viviers, Arles, Beaune, [...]

Fire-Roasted Blender Salsa

February 16th, 2017|Recipes|

I adapted this recipe from Food Network and made it for the Super Bowl.  Really easy and tasty! Ingredients 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro (leaves and thin stems only) One 15-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes 4 cloves garlic 1 jalapeno, [...]

Who’s your favorite fictional couple and why?

February 13th, 2017|Updates|

I answered this on my Goodreads Authors page. That's a tough one, as two couples come to mind. Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester were such compelling characters. I actually acted in the play in high school when I was fourteen--I [...]

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