Food Writing at IFBC

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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!)

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London Summer 2014 Ephemera

London Underground Whisk Cleaver

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.

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Roasted Asparagus & Fennel


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.

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Happy Summer!

Summer Whisk and Cleaver

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

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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.
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The Carlsbad Fires

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Lives are changed, every day. Weddings, funerals, first-place soccer championships … these are just a few of the life events that we expect and, in some cases, anticipate. But a nearby fire was the last thing I expected on Wednesday after spending the morning at a volunteer tea at school. Instead of clear blue skies and 92 degree weather, I, along with thousands of others in my community, saw smoke; what you see above is the fire right after it started. Scary. And yet I couldn’t smell the smoke, and so somehow I figured it was far enough away to not damage our school or our home.
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