Summer has finally loosened its hold on San Diego, allowing a hint of fall to envelop us each night. Not that I’m complaining. Yesterday afternoon found us at the Cardiff Beach tide pools, where we spotted sea anemones, a giant keyhole limpet and a dog bounding into the ocean, only to have his owners chastised by state park police. By the time we returned to the car we were chilled to the bone and craving warmth.
Can you tell I have cookbooks on the brain? I’m back with a review for a new gluten-free baking book, Let Us All Eat Cake by Catherine Ruehle. Catherine is a successful pastry chef and cookbook author who was hit with rheumatoid arthritis and decided to turn to food to help her heal. Food is medicine, right?! (When done right, at least.)
Skinnytaste – now there’s a word I can relate to. There’s nothing like California cuisine to invoke a sense of deep flavors mixed with calorie-conscious options. And that’s exactly what drew me to Gina Homolka’s cookbook, The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor.
For me, the highlight of IFBC were the food writing workshops. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Scrawled across the front liner of a blue Gnome diary somewhere at the top of my closet are the words: “I’m a writer at age 8!”
(I’ve also always loved exclamation points!)
Despite what the thermometer says, summer is over…at least during the week; weekends still equal beach in my book. Over here we’re back to school, soccer and swim (I’m guessing you’re in a similar boat?!). But that doesn’t stop me from reliving our summer trip to London every chance I get.
Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite methods, no matter the time of year. I love the combination of sweet olive oil and earthy sea salt against crisp green stalks of asparagus. Or douse thinly sliced fennel with the same combination, roast a little longer, and you have a sweet, nearly caramelized treat that’s perfect for munching while prepping the rest of your menu.
Summer’s here, and we’re taking full advantage of every second … body boarding at the beach, paddle boarding at the lagoon, grilling sizzling steaks and fresh fish, and hanging out with family and friends. So I won’t miss a minute of the fun, I’m taking a break from the blog, but I’ll be back with a Labor Day menu that’s sure to please. Enjoy your summer!
Chimichurri sauce is one of the easiest ways to add some zing to grilled meats, from steaks to chicken to fish. Chimichurri sauce whips up in a flash – even faster if you’re using a food processor. This recipe, adapted from Williams-Sonoma, uses white wine vinegar, but if your pantry is stocked with red wine vinegar use that instead. To add a touch of California sweetness, I used basil instead of oregano. And to make this recipe just a hint lighter, I reduced the olive oil by a third. But whether you use my version or the original, you won’t be disappointed.