Kale Caesar Salad

It may be trendy, it may be cool….but I don’t think I will ever outgrow kale. Call this a trendy spin on the classic Caesar Salad or call it anti-oxidizing. I simply call it a delicious salad you can throw together in 15 minutes. 

Cobb Salad

I hate to admit this. But every so often, I get tired of eating boring, healthy salads. Sometimes, I just want to get down and dirty with a good old fashioned Cobb Salad.

Aztec Kale Salad

Served with a cup of Creamy Tortilla Soup, this salad makes the perfect Mexican-inspired dinner. To make a complete meal of the salad alone, toss in some chicken breast, cumin-marinated tofu, or carne asada.


It doesn’t rain often in San Diego, CA, but when it does I like to pretend it’s a cold, dreary, Midwest afternoon. I imagine myself bundled up in front of a fire place, with a book in my lap and cup of tea in my hand. I start craving a warm, comforting one-pot meal. Pork chops, apple sauce, the flavors of home.
I elevated my desire for comfort food by using pork tenderloin, and adding anise-flavored fennel to offset the sweetness of the pork and squash.

Carrot Latkes

We went to Costco the other day not for groceries, but for the free samples. Don’t pretend like you don’t do that too!

A Very Smietana Thanksgiving

We go through our days so focused on the task at hand, at our to-do list, that we often forget to look back on all we have to be thankful for. I too am a victim of this monotonous trap. When I think back on the past year, I know I have much to be…

Adventures in Beets

Beets. People either love them or hate them. But when you really give them a fair chance, you begin to notice their complexity and delicacy.