Fennel, Apple, Celery Spring Salad

With Spring season here, it’s hard not to notice all the greenery and super blooms that have been flourishing throughout all of Southern California. This salad  is my favorite “green” salad – refreshing, tangy, crunchy and light. The vinaigrette used for this salad combines fresh lemon juice, red wine and apple cider vinegar which compliments the ingredients.  This salad is perfect paired with a crisp flavor profiled chardonnay. Oohh la la la!  Continue reading

Asparagus & Spring Mix Salad

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I used to always just steam my asparagus before I ate them. But one day, I saw my sister-in-law sautéing them. This opened a whole new way of how I cooked some of my veggies. So many possibilities!

This recipe is inspired from my pregnancy. Since the baby seems to be rejecting all kinds of meat, I decided to make salads with more flavor and texture to keep my palate happy and satisfied. This salad is one of my favorite discoveries. Continue reading

Rice & Split Pea Chicken Porridge

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January brought rain, snow and cold temperatures to California this year. But, as much as I love the cold, it also brings or can exacerbate illnesses. One day at work, I had a patient that was very sick and weak and hadn’t eaten for two days. Fortunately, this proved to be an easy fix when his sweet wife came in with one of his favorite dishes: chicken rice porridge. He ate it all up and had enough energy to get through the day. This post is dedicated to that couple who proved that food is not only the way to someone’s heart but also to their health and healing! Continue reading

Spiced Sipping Chocolate

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Whenever huz and I travel, it’s a joy for us to explore the country’s food, culture and history. This post is dedicated to a delicious memory I have of Madrid, Spain. Downtown Madrid was busy with people of all ages going out for late night eats and was surrounded by the landscape of European buildings and romantic lights. In the horizon, my eyes were locked on a sign that read “Churros con Chocolate.” It was love at first sight. The churros were made fresh-to-order, crispy and sugary with a chewy texture. When the churro was dipped into the chocolate, it made for a savory, crispy and sweet surprise. Continue reading