Vegetarian

Salt Air’s Copycat Pea Toasts

Pea toast

Salt Air is a “beach bistro” on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California. The small restaurant has a great vibe, serving up some great dishes; classic and well prepared. Our waitress raved about their pea toast and told us that the…

Heavenly Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread

banana cream cheese cake2

As a cheesecake addict, I couldn’t resist making this custardy looking banana bread I saw on Pinterest. It turned out exactly the way I dreamed that it would. A more moist and sweeter version of the classic banana bread, this banana bread…

Meyer Lemon Upside Down Cake

lemon cake

I saw this recipe on Sunset magazine and just had to make it, immediately. It’s a moist and crumbly cake made out of both flour and cornmeal. The Meyer lemon slices absorbed the butter and brown sugar from the cake during…

Party Olive Tapenade Toasts

olive tapenade

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Where did 2014 go? For me, 2014 was a busy and amazing year. I traveled around France, around Japan, celebrated four weddings with close friends, hiked new trails around LA, tried out a few five-star-worthy…

Quick Spinach Tortellini Soup

tortellini soup

Happy Holidays! I’m not quite sure how many days I feasted in a row but maybe it’s time to cleanse. Although I wouldn’t exactly call this tortellini soup a diet cleanse, it is still a lot healthier and a lot…

Sweet and Salty Tahini Crumbles

tahini cookies

The weather has been so pleasant here, with a constant mild breeze and just the right amount of sun. I’ve never been much for warm weather, but when it comes to winter in LA, the weather is perfect at 65 degrees. After…

Day at the Apple Orchards

Apple Galette

I went apple-picking for the first time over the weekend and with all the delicious, perfect-looking apples, I made a country apple galette, with fresh apple slices, cinnamon, cheese, honey, and a flaky homemade crust.  Fall is a wonderful time of…

Plenty: Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad

pasta and fried zucchini

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook has 120 perfected and creative vegetarian recipes. This Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad is one of them. The pasta salad combines pesto (not the traditional kind with cheese and garlic, more of a simple parsley-basil oil pesto), edamame,…