Archive of ‘Side Dishes’ category

Fall Harvest Salad

Posted on September 15, 2017

I’m so happy when I have the opportunity to support amazing organizations and cook from amazing books at the same time! Today I bring you Cuisine del Sol, a cookbook celebrating 20 years of Pier del Sol, the largest fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics in Southern California. The Special Olympics Southern California team presented this delicious collection […]


Pomegranates & Saffron Vegetable Kabab Salad

Posted on July 19, 2016

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Feride Buyuran was not a cook while she was growing up.  Her mother did all the cooking for their family, actually packing her lunch until she was in her 20’s!  Even so, she was obsessed with food, collecting recipes from radio programs, newspapers and magazines through her growing up years.  After […]


Farmers’ Market Fresh

Posted on April 27, 2016

Farmers’ markets are more popular than ever these days, and shopping at the downtown Visalia Farmers’ Market has quickly become one of our favorite weekly outings.  What’s not to love?  Gorgeous fresh produce, friendly and helpful vendors, the charming atmosphere of being on Main Street with live music from students at the Visalia Music School…it […]


Autumn Harvest Salad Featuring Lundberg Farms Rice

Posted on November 9, 2015

The second morning of our tour with the California Farm Water Coalition brought us to Lundberg Family Farms.  Again, I was inspired by the passion and commitment to quality demonstrated not just by the members of the Lundberg family but by their staff members as well.  I’ve got so much to tell you about our […]


Arugula Pesto A La Mediterranean Diet

Posted on July 8, 2015

The first thing many people assume when they hear the name of my blog is that I only write about cookies, cakes and desserts.  Fair enough.  But “It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake” actually came out of a conversation with my husband when I was expressing my frustration at hearing so many people say they […]