Gemelli with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas


All of our travels have come to a halt (at least until Labor Day) and it’s time to get back into the swing of cooking. I was craving something fresh and with  lemon flavors and came across this recipe in my Martha Stewart magazine and boy did this fit the bill. I used Rotini pasta, as that was what I had, and it was a fabulous combination. The lemon, dill and feta was so fresh and vibrant together. The best part about this was it was a one pot meal in a large sided skillet! Find the recipe here for Gemelli with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas.




My foodie friend Amie and I went to this a few years and it was something I highly recommended going to if you LOVE CRAB! Hungry Cat Hollywood has cornered this event so you can expect special cocktails conceived by Bar Manager Dona Bridges – Mr. Tea with vanilla rye whiskey, lemon and iced tea and the Teaches of Peaches with blanco tequila, mezcal, peaches and chili salt – along with The Hungry Cat’s Camarones Michelada and the complete list of Thirsty Cat signature cocktails.

The menu is set to be:

Crab “Salad” – Iceberg Lettuce, Pepperoncini, Olives, Cherry Tomatoes

Maryland Crab Soup

Soft-Shell Crab Po-Boy, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Remoulade

Sides: Mexican “Street” Corn & Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs

Dulce de Leche Panna Cotta



Sunday, July 26, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

$75 per guest, Crabfest menu only. Other items, beverages, 18% Gratuity and tax additional

This is a ticketed event; tickets for reservations may be purchased in person at The Hungry Cat Hollywood or by phone at 323.462.2155.  

“Tennessee-Style” Indoor Picnic At Lucques

On Sunday, July 19th get ready to be wowed by none other than Suzanne Goin with a fried chicken menu inspired by the legendary Blackberry Farm in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. (I highly recommend their cookbooks by the way, one of my favorites is this one, hint: always a great hostess gift.)


lucques fried chicken

from Discover Los Angeles

Every summer, Lucques is transformed for a night of Sweet Tea-Brined Fried Chicken served with her Pulled Pork “Sundaes” with Coleslaw and Baked Beans, Succotash with Cherry Tomatoes and Black Eyed Peas and House-Made Biscuits with Honey Butter. A dessert of whiskey-chocolate cake with caramel bananas and vanilla ice cream by Executive Pastry Chef Sahar Shomali finishes a perfect evening. Expect a new speciality Tennessee whiskey cocktail by Christiaan Röllich along with suggested wine pairings by Caroline Styne. Pricing for the dinner is $55, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuities.

Menu to be:

sweet tea-brined fried chicken

pulled pork “sundaes” with coleslaw and baked beans

succotash salad with cherry tomato and black eyed peas

house-made biscuits with honey butter


whiskey-chocolate cake with caramel bananas and vanilla ice cream

55 dollars per person

You can make a reservation online or call 323-655-6277.


Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Granola Bars

If I have to buy another box of Z Bars for my son I’m going to go NUTS! So I have been scouring online for the perfect one that isn’t too sweet but will be something he’s sure to like. And I found it. These were perfectly easy to make, and the best thing is I didn’t have Rice Krispie’s like the recipe called for, so instead I used Chex cereal and just smashed it up with my hand. You’d never know the difference. (I also omitted the almonds.) I’ve kept them in my refrigerator and they have been our go to snack this weekend and went straight into his lunch box today!

Get the recipe here!

Spring Greening Cooking Class with Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger from Border Grill


I just came across this online and even though I’ve been off the grid for a little while (busy, busy, busy) thought I would share this as I did for their holiday class in 2013

If you love Mexican food (and Mexico!) like I do, you can learn to cook a multi-course Mexican feast from not one but two pros. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are hosting a cooking class ($85) in the kitchen of their restaurant, Border Grill. You’ll learn tips, tricks and techniques for dishes such as crab and squid aquachile, cumin-marinated chicken and Negra Modelo cupcakes, then sit down to enjoy your creations. 3/14, 10 a.m. to noon; 445 S. Figueroa St.

Read more about and buy tickets here.

Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

lemon chicken quinoa soup

Even though this winter has been mild at best, since we have been having 75 degree afternoons, when I wake up in the morning and it’s cold it out, it makes me think about our dinner meal which follows my morning mood. So wanting to try this soup has been on my mind these past few cold mornings as I walk the kiddos to school.

This soup couldn’t have been easier, you could swap out the quinoa for orzo, tubetti, etc..and I got a roasted chicken from the market which I shredded. I also used Meyer lemons which could have made it so sweet. Doesn’t get much easier than this!

Check out the recipe for this delicious, cozy and easy Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

Easy Chicken Curry

easy chicken curryThis was a super easy dinner I made tonight, my first of Cat Cora’s recipes. The only modification I made was adding some finely diced carrots. Very flavorful, made the house smell delicious and a huge hit! Recipe is here Easy Chicken Curry with Peas Recipe | Kitchen Daily

Delicata Squash & Tofu Curry

delicata sqush and tofu curry


Last night I decided to finally use my delicata squash I found at Gelsons. I’ve been scouring the internet for something that would catch my eye since I love Pamela Salzman’s Roasted Delicata Squash and Apple Salad and then I found this Delicata Squash and Tofu Curry. I used grape seed oil instead of canola and put it on top of some wild rice. Delish!

Marvin, French Bistro on Beverly Blvd.


Over the weekend we had dinner with friends at the four month new Marvin and really were surprised by how good it was, the atmosphere was lively, music a bit loud at times, great decor and a menu that anyone would find appetizing. Marvin is a project from restaurateur Bruce Marder (Capo), Max Marder (Bruce’s son), and Steven Arroyo (Escuela). The decor inside is open and beautifully lit with large aluminum cans, stripped of their labels, line the ceiling and reflect the light from inset bulbs. There’s a long bar with a dozen stools in front and 200 bottles of wine behind. Right now they currently serve only wine and beer, which was fine with me but not for the tequila drinking husbands we were with (2 bottles of red vino later…)  Just watch out from the little step up to the dining room as my friend Jessica gracefully fell but almost made a face-plant on the way to the bathroom. 🙂


This is what we had that I highly recommend:

Appetizers: Beets and Goat Cheese Salad, Argulua with Shaved Fennel (really light and great), the Asparagus with a fried egg on top, the Ratatouille (we had two orders for 6 of us) and the Heirloom Tomato salad with Figs and Burrata (my personal favorite).

Entrees: The Roasted chicken (least memorable but the plate was empty!)  the Braised Lamb with mint (a little bit fatty), the Loup De Mer (light and great) and the Pomodoro pasta (fresh, thick rigatoni pasta and wonderful, my favorite).

Sides: Brussel sprouts were great, the roasted mushrooms were just ok but the Potato gallette was off the charts great. Scalloped potatoes with butter on top baked and crispy. WIN WIN!

Dessert: The bread pudding no one cared for, the peach cobbler was divine as was the Pot de crème.

I would go back anytime!

Halloween Gingerbread Haunted Houses

I really love all things Halloween…and since we have been a home base for trick-or-treating since we’ve had kids I’m always looking for fun things for us to decorate or for the kids to do. So that’s why I was ecstatic to see these Gingerbread Haunted House Kits at Williams Sonoma!



I found another one here but I really think the one I got above is SO CUTE and great for a gift. And if you are are looking for a gift to mail to loved ones far away, I LOVE Eleni’s in NYC.